March 4, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Kyle Anderson of the UCLA men's basketball team has secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 25-March 3, as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Anderson averaged 19.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game in a pair of victories at home last week. The freshman from Fairview, N.J., registered his eighth double-double of the season in UCLA's 79-74 overtime win against Arizona State last Wednesday and finished with 17 points in a 74-69 win against Arizona on Saturday.
Against the Sun Devils, Anderson went 6-for-14 from the field (.429) and shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. With 21 points that evening, Anderson was one of three UCLA freshmen to tally at least 20 points. He also added 15 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and one steal.
In UCLA's 74-69 win before a record crown in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night, Anderson tallied 17 points and shot 8-for-16 from the field (.500). He scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and finished the game with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal.
Anderson has scored in double figures in each of UCLA's last four games. He has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in 11 contests.
Anderson is the second UCLA player to secure Pac-12 Player of the Week acclaim this season. Classmate Shabazz Muhammad secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors on Dec. 31, 2012, after having scored 27 points in an overtime win against Missouri in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 28.
UCLA (22-7, 12-4) closes its regular season with a pair of road games this week. The Bruins play at Washington State on Wednesday night (6:30 p.m.) and will play at Washington on Saturday (11 a.m.).