Alex Harris Named Golden1 Athlete of the Week

Dec. 10, 2007

In wins over Pepperdine and Utah Valley, Alex Harris averaged 23.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game, while making 10 out of 13 three-point attempts, 76.9%.

It marks the third straight week that a UCSB player has been named Player of the Week. The honor is the second this season for Harris and the fourth of his career.

In the win over Pepperdine on Dec. 5, the senior guard from Alameda, Calif., scored 22 points, pulled down three rebounds, and had a pair of steals as the Gauchos topped the Waves by a 68-57 score. Harris made consecutive three-point baskets late in the first half to break open a relatively close game. Ultimately, UCSB led by as many as 26 points before settling for the 11-point win. Harris made 9-of-14 shots overall against Pepperdine, including 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc.

On Friday, Dec. 7, Harris had 25 points, two rebounds, and a blocked shot in leading his team past Utah Valley State, 81-61. He made a career-high six three-point baskets in eight attempts to help the Gauchos to their seventh straight win, the program's longest winning streak since the 1988-89 season. The win also improved UCSB's record to 9-1, the best 10-game record since that same 1988-89 season.

Harris is now leading the Big West in scoring at 23.6 points per game and he has lifted his three-point field goal percentage to 50.0%, making 25-of-50.

Harris was also named the Big West Player of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks.

UCSB is off for final examinations this week. The Gauchos return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 19 when they travel to Muncie, Ind., to play Ball State. On the same trip, they will play at top-ranked North Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 22.