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APSU’s Chris Horton gains OVC, national mid-major player of week honors

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Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TNChris Horton [1], who authored one of greatest single-game performances in Austin Peay State University basketball history, has been named adidas® Ohio Valley Conference and Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week.

Horton converted 16-of-17 shots against Lipscomb, Sunday, to score a career-best 37 points to go with 13 rebounds—his ninth straight double-double and 10th this season. He made his first 14 shots before Lipscomb’s J.J. Butler blocked him from behind with 1:13 left in the game. Horton then finished with two slam dunks off passes from Khalil Davis [2].

APSU Chris Horton [3]Horton’s 94 percent shooting is the highest field-goal percentage by a player with a minimum of 15 attempts over the last five seasons.

Those 37 points represented APSU’s best single-game scoring performance since Drake Reed had 37 points against Eastern Illinois, December 6th, 2008. It was APSU’s first 30-point game effort since Travis Betran had 32 in the 2013-14 season finale at UT Martin.

Horton’s performance came on the heels of his previous scoring high against North Florida, Wednesday night, when he scored 28 points on 13-of-19 shooting and grabbed 17 rebounds—his second highest total this season—while also collecting three steals.

Horton is ranked first nationally in offensive rebounds per game (5.92) and is second in rebounds per game (13.5). He also is tied for first in double-doubles (10). He enters Tuesday’s home game against Wofford needing just eight rebounds for 1,000.

This is the second OVC Player of the Week honor for Horton this season and third during his career. He eared this year’s honor after averaging 19.5 ppg and 13.5 rpg in contests against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Troy.