February 17, 2014

Sears Honored By Ivy League For Third Straight Week

Named Co-Player Of Week, Sharing Honor With Columbia's Alex Rosenberg

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Justin Sears, who made the biggest shot of Yale's season thus far on Saturday against Princeton, has picked up another Ivy League honor. Sears was named the league's co-player of the week, sharing the award with Columbia's Alex Rosenberg.

Sears' put back with 4.4 seconds left in overtime lifted Yale to an exhilarating victory over the Tigers. The last-second basket capped a 17-point performance from Sears, who scored six of Yale's 10 points in the extra period. The night before against Penn, he had 25 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a 67-54 victory.

It is the third straight week and fifth time this season Sears has earned recognition from the Ivy League. The five selections are tied for second all-time for most player of the weeks in a season.

Sears is fourth in the league in scoring (15.8 ppg.), third in rebounding (6.9 rpg.), second in blocked shots (2.0 per game) and steals (1.5 per game) and eighth in field goal percentage (.485).

In addition, Armani Cotton was named to the Honor Roll. Cotton had 17 points and 11 rebounds against Penn and added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the victory over Princeton. He has now recorded a double-double in three straight games.

The Bulldogs, who are tied with Harvard for first place, are at Cornell on Friday at 7 p.m. and then play at Columbia on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Sunday's game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity