January 21, 2013

Unruh named Big Sky Co-POTW for first time

By ZACH BOND
UNCBears.com

OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky announced Monday that Tate Unruh was selected as the conference's Co-Player of the Week. Monday's announcement marked the first time this season a Bear was honored as the Big Sky's best of the week and the first time Unruh's garnered the honors in his career.

Unruh had an outstanding week indeed for Northern Colorado, as the sharpshooting guard from Branson, Mo. played a huge role in helping the Bears to their first back-to-back Big Sky wins of the season. The Bears defeated both Portland State and Eastern Washington at home.

Over the two games last week, the redshirt junior averaged 20 points per contest and shot almost 58 percent from the field. Unruh was absolutely scorching from long range, shooting 67 percent from behind the arc while sinking five 3-pointers in both contests.

Unruh, now ranked 15th nationally with 3.19 made 3-pointers per game, has now hit five threes in four straight contests and moved past Neal Kingman for third on the school's Division I three-point list in the win against Portland State. He has also made at least one 3-pointer in 22 straight contests and is ranked 19th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage.

In Northern Colorado's 67-50 win over the Vikings, Unruh notched 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. He also notched four rebounds, three assists and a steal in that game.

In the Bears' 72-56 win over Eastern Washington, Unruh notched a game-high 21 points. He shot 5-of-9 from three-point land and was 8-of-15 from the field overall.

This Big Sky honor was the culmination of a remarkable stretch from Unruh that saw him score at least 19 points in each of his last four games.

North Dakota's Troy Huff was the Big Sky's second Co-Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game last week.