For the second time this season, Washington State’s CJ Elleby was voted the most outstanding player of the week in the Pac-12 Conference, the league announced Monday afternoon.
Elleby won the award despite playing just one game, and earned it just three weeks after the conference recognized him for his performance in a home sweep against Oregon and Oregon State.
This time, Elleby was handed the award for his 34-point eruption against Washington, which allowed WSU to beat the rival Huskes79-67 in Sunday’s game at Beasley Coliseum. The 34 points were a career-high for Elleby, who’d scored 27 points four times this season; they matched the fourth-most scored by a Cougar against the Huskies; they were the most ever for an underclassman in the rivalry; and they were the second most by any WSU player against a UW team coached by Mike Hopkins.
In addition to the 34 points, which came on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line, Elleby also grabbed 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, and contributed three blocks, two assists and one steal.
Elleby becomes the first WSU player to win the award twice in the same season since Brock Motum did it in 2012-13, and the first underclassman to win it twice in a year since Klay Thompson in 2009-10.
The Seattle native has scored 20-plus points 14 times this season and has been in double digits in all but three games. Elleby’s 19 points per game rank third in the Pac-12 and his team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game are eighth in the conference.
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