After picking up two wins on the road by an average of 31.5 points, Liberty's Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz has been named the Big South Freshman of the Week. Against Longwood and Campbell, Pacheco-Ortiz averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the road.
For just the second time in his career Pacheco-Ortiz recorded back-to-back double-digit scoring games with 13 points at Longwood and 12 points at Campbell. Pacheco-Ortiz's thirteen points at Longwood tied the most points the freshman has scored in a Big South game this season. Pacheco-Ortiz has stepped up his play during Big South games as he has increased his season average in points, rebounds and assists during conference. He currently ranks no. 14 during Big South games averaging 2.5 assists per game.
This is Pacheco-Ortiz's second Big South Freshman of the Week honor this year after receiving the honor on Dec. 12, 2016. The native of Puerto Rico was a part of a defense that limited Longwood to a season-low 25 points in the first half and 16 points in the first half against Campbell. Pacheco-Ortiz and the rest of Liberty held Campbell to 40 points for the game, the fewest points Liberty has allowed to a Division I opponent in school history and the fewest points in Division I on Jan. 28, 2017 when the game was played.
This season, Pacheco-Ortiz is fifth on the team in scoring average (6.9 ppg), rebounds per game (2.9 rpg) and second on the team with 2.04 assists per game. Liberty will return to the court on Tuesday night when they host Presbyterian.
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