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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - BYU junior Trent Plaisted has been named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the third time in his career.
A 6-foot-11 forward/center from San Antonio, Texas, Plaisted led BYU to a 2-1 record last week and a second-place finish at the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational. The Cougars defeated Hartford (97-73) and upset No. 6 Louisville (78-76) before falling to No. 1 North Carolina (63-73). Against Hartford, Plaisted scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and equaled his career-high of five assists. He made 4-of-7 shots from the floor and hit 8-of-11 free throws. In the Cougars' upset victory over the sixth-ranked Cardinals, Plaisted scored 21 points (10-for-16 shooting) and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds with one assist and one block as BYU achieved its first win over a top-6 ranked team since 1965. He scored 12 points during a 16-7 second-half Cougar run that gave them a lead they would not surrender. During the run, he also had four rebounds and one block. Against No. 1 North Carolina, Plaisted recorded season-highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds while adding two assists and one blocked shot. He shot 10-of-20 and went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe. With the Cougars trailing by seven at the half, Plaisted scored eight of BYU's first 10 points of the second stanza and assisted on a bucket to give the Cougars the lead over the Tar Heels. Overall, Plaisted scored 18 second-half points in 18 minutes on the floor.
On the week, Plaisted averaged 20.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 55.8 percent from the field (24-for-43).
MWC Men's Basketball Players of the Week: Nov. 12 Tim Anderson, Sr., G, Air Force Kyle Spain, Jr., F, San Diego State Nov. 19 Stuart Creason, Sr., C, Colorado State J.R. Giddens, Sr., G, New Mexico Nov. 26 Trent Plaisted, Jr., F/C, BYU