Harris Selected Big West Player of the Week After Leading Gauchos to Pair of Wins

Nov. 26, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior guard Alex Harris was named Big West Conference Player of the Week for the week ending November 25, the league announced Monday. Harris averaged 28.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in leading the Gauchos to home wins over the University of San Francisco and Montana State.

After missing a game with an injured left thumb, Harris returned to action against San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Although he had trouble handling the ball because his left hand was heavily taped, he made 7-of-12 shots overall, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, and scored 27 points, equaling his season-high. Harris also made 9-of-11 free throw attempts in pacing the Gauchos to a 74-69 win over the Dons.

On Saturday night, Harris recorded a new season-high with 29 points in a 76-61 win over Montana State. He tallied 20 of his points in the second half as UCSB broke open a game that was tied at the half. Not only did Harris score 20 in the second half, he scored the Gauchos' first 16 points of the half to put them ahead for good. In the game, the native of Alameda, Calif., made 6-of-13 shots from the field, including 2-of-5 from three-point range, and he set career-highs for free throws attempted and made by hitting 15-of-18. In addition, Harris had a season-high and team-high eight rebounds in the victory. The outstanding performance was particularly critical because UCSB was playing without its second-leading scorer, Chris Devine.

The Player of the Week award is the first of the season and third of Harris' career. He is now averaging 25.0 points per game in 2007-08 and he has helped UCSB to a 5-1 record, the program's best six-game record since the 1992-93 season.

The Gauchos host UNLV on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.