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McClung Earns Big 12 Player of the Week

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LUBBOCK, Texas – A game-winning shot followed by a season-high 24 points has earned Texas Tech junior Mac McClung his first Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor. The award for McClung is the first Big 12 award for a Red Raider this season. Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham was named Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season.

McClung hit the game-winning shot at No. 4 Texas with three seconds on the clock and finished with 22 points last Wednesday before going for a season-high 24 on Saturday against Baylor. The junior guard established season-high points in both games and lifted the Red Raiders to their first ever road win at a top-5 team with his shot against the Longhorns. He finished the week averaging 23.0 points with six 3-pointers. McClung matched a season-high by hitting four 3-pointers against Baylor as he finished with his sixth game this season with 20-plus points. He leads the Conference at 19.7 points in Big 12 play. For the week, McClung was 12-for-14 at the free-throw line and is now 66-for-81 on the season.

A transfer from Georgetown, McClung was a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week selection last season as a sophomore and earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors twice during his first collegiate season. McClung, who was named an All-Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention selection, comes into this week with 955 points through 65 games in his career.

Cunningham displayed his all-around game with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks to lift Oklahoma State to an upset of No. 6 Kansas in OSU’s lone game of the week. The freshman guard was 6-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from deep, which helped the Cowboys take down their fourth NET Tier-1 squad, which is tied for the national lead. With the game tied at 70 apiece and 40 seconds on the clock, Cunningham made a two-handed block on KU’s Marcus Garrett, followed by a flying save and outlet pass to Bryce Williams that led to the game-winning bucket from Rondel Walker. He leads the Big 12 with 17.8 points on the season.

Big 12 Player of the Week
Nov. 30 – Derek Culver, West Virginia, F, Jr.
Dec. 7 – Matt Coleman III, Texas, G, Sr.
Dec. 14 – RJ Nembhard, TCU, G, Jr.
Dec. 21 – Kevin Samuel, TCU, C, Jr.
Dec. 28 – Christian Braun, Kansas, G, So.
Jan. 4 – Umoja Gibson, Oklahoma, G, Jr.
Jan. 11 – Andrew Jones, Texas, G, Jr.
Jan. 18 – Mac McClung, Texas Tech, G, Jr.

Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Nov. 30 – Mike Miles, TCU, G, Fr.
Dec. 7 – Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.
Dec. 14 – Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.
Dec. 21 – Greg Brown, Texas, F, Fr.
Dec. 28 — Mike Miles, TCU, G, Fr.
Jan. 4 – Umoja Gibson, Oklahoma, G, Jr.
Jan. 11 – Greg Brown, Texas, F, Fr.
Jan. 18 — Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.

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