Jesse Sanders earned his second New Balance Freshman of the Week honors of the season on Monday.
Liberty point guard Jesse Sanders has been named the Big South Conference New Balance Freshman of the Week for games played Feb. 9-15, as announced by the league office. The award is Sanders' second freshman of the week accolade of the season. He also nabbed the honor on Dec. 1. Sanders (Sugar Land, Texas) averaged 9.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per contest, helping Liberty collect two victories last week. The guard opened the week with the fifth triple-double in Big South history with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Flames' home win over Presbyterian. He also blocked two shots and grabbed a steal against the Blue Hose. He nearly had a double-double at Charleston Southern on Saturday, with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Sanders finished the week with 16 assists versus zero turnovers, and shot 70.0 percent from the floor (7-of-10). The award makes Sanders the third freshman in the league this season to earn the honor twice, and along with teammate Seth Curry's freshman accolade on Dec. 8, Liberty is the only school in the conference to grab the award three times this season. Liberty returns to action tonight, when the Flames travel to Conway, S.C., to battle the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., inside Kimbel Arena.
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