Time Out: Who Won the Big 12 Player of the Week?

Ron KnabenbauerCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2008

In a week where Obi Muonelo of Oklahoma State had 32 points, A.J. Abrams of Texas had over 25 points twice, and Blake Griffin of Oklahoma had 22 points, a surprising figure earned the honor of Big 12 Player of the Week for Dec. 15th.


The conference office announced on Monday that Colorado sophomore Cory Higgins earned his first weekly conference honor, and the first for CU since Richard Roby earned back-to-back honors in the 2005-06 season.


The Buffaloes only played one game this week, but Higgins made that game count, as he had 28 second half points to lead Colorado to a 75-56 win over in-state rival Colorado State last Wednesday.


A captain in only his second season, Higgins finished with a game high 33 points and added six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the victory over the Rams.


The explosive second half by Higgins proved to be the difference as CU was tied with CSU at the half at 28. He went 9-of-10 from the field in the final 20 minutes, and finished with the third-best point total for a half in school history.


The Danville, Calif. native leads the Buffs in points and rebounds this season, averaging 18.4 points and six rebounds per game.


Colorado (4-3) will be out of action until Friday due to final exams, as they take on Prairie View A&M (3-5) in Boulder, Colo. at 8 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.