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McLean Named Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Basketball Player Of The Week
McLean averaged 28.0 points and 15.0 rebounds in Liberty's two road wins this past week to help the Flames jump into third place in the Big South standings. He shot 67.6 percent from the floor (23-of-34) and collected double-doubles in both games. Last Wednesday versus VMI, McLean had a double-double in the first half with 20 points and 11 rebounds en route to career-highs of 40 points and 19 boards against the Keydets, both national highs for the day. He was also a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line for the week, including 8-of-8 at VMI. He tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds at Radford Saturday.
McLean helped the Flames to road victories at two locations the Flames had not won at in recent years. The last time Liberty had triumphed at VMI was Dec. 7, 1991 when the Flames topped the Keydets, 64-55. The last time Liberty had been victorioius at Radford was Feb. 22, 1997 when the Flames beat the Highlanders, 89-75.
This is the first Player of the Week honor a Flame has garnered this season. The last time Liberty had a conference player of the week was on Feb. 26, 2006, when Larry Blair shared honors with Torrell Martin of Winthrop. The last time a Liberty Flame earned the honor outright was on Feb. 7, 2005, when Leo Lightbourne grabbed the honor.
B.J. Jenkins earned Freshman Player of the Week honors for the Flames earlier this season, on Dec. 4.