Irvine, Calif. – Stephan Hicks, who helped lead Cal State Northridge to a spirited comeback road victory at Utah, has captured Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week accolades.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward/guard contributed a team-high 19 points, nine rebounds and two steals as the Matadors clawed back from a 21-point halftime deficit, 48-27, to defeat the Utes of the Pac-12 Conference, 76-71, last Friday (12/21/12).
It marked the biggest come-from-behind victory in the 17-year tenure of CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell. In addition, it was the first CSUN victory over a Pac-12 school since Nov. 20, 2005, at USC (81-76 overtime win over the Trojans).
Hicks made 8 of 11 shots from the field en route to his 19 points, including eight in the deciding second half when the Matadors outscored Utah, 49-23.
Cal State Northridge also rode 14 points and eleven rebounds from Hicks in a 93-63 victory over San Diego Christian on Dec. 18, 2012. Hicks collected his fifth double-double of the season in the win. Hicks now has ten double-doubles in his two seasons at Cal State Northridge.
For the week, Hicks shot .571 (12-for-21) percent from the floor and averaged 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Hicks is enjoying an MVP season in helping the Matadors to a 9-3 overall record. The nine wins are the earliest the team has reached those numbers in the 55-year history of Matadors basketball.