Feb. 2, 2009
Irvine, Calif. - Despite making only 16 off 44 shots last week, Cal State Fullerton guard Josh Akognon shares the Big West Conference Player of the Week Award with Cal State Northridge's Josh Jenkins.
It was when Akognon did make shots that separated him from the pack. He scored 23 of his game-high 31 points at Long Beach State in the second half of a 61-60 win on Thursday night. Nine points came in a span of less than two minutes in a 9-2 run that took the teeth out of a 13-point deficit. He then broke a tie with a bucket with 29 seconds left and then hit the game-winning shot with 3.9 seconds left.
On Saturday night against UC Riverside he missed his first 10 shots and had only 3 points in the first half. But he scored 10 points in a 17-4 run that turned the game around in the second half and then hit two pressure free throws with 16.9 seconds left for a 56-52 lead in what became a 58-52 win.
Jenkins averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 assists in leading the Matadors to road wins over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
It's the fourth time Akognon has been honored this season.