Josh Delaney’s OT Performance Earns Sam Houston State Guard Player of the Week Honors
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State guard Josh Delaney is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The senior shot 61.5 percent from the field and averaged 20.5 points and seven assists per game in a pair of overtime wins by the Bearkats, who claimed at least a share of the regular-season Southland Conference title. It marks the program’s first championship since 2009-10 and the fourth conference title since joining the league in 1987-88. Delaney and the Bearkats face a road test against New Orleans at 7 p.m. Wednesday before returning home to host Central Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. With a win in either contest, Sam Houston State would clinch the Southland regular-season crown outright.Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Josh Delaney, Sam Houston State – Senior – Guard – Harker Heights, TexasIn a thrilling 119-113 double-overtime win over Houston Baptist on Saturday, Delaney tied his career high with 30 points, including 13 in the final 10 minutes of play. He nailed six of eight tries from beyond the arc, all eight of his free-throw attempts and added a team-high seven assists. After the Huskies scored the first six points in overtime, Delaney scored 10 straight for the Bearkats with a pair of treys, a layup and two makes from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds to force a second overtime. He hit his final three-pointer with 3:33 to play in the second extra period, giving Sam Houston State the lead for good at 113-110.Earlier in the week, Delaney was one of five Sam Houston State shooters in double-digits in an 84-74 overtime victory over Nicholls, finishing with 11 points and a team-high seven assists. In the overtime period, he blocked a three that could’ve cut the lead to two and assisted a Kai Mitchell layup on the other end to help the Bearkats go ahead 75-68.Honorable Mention: Nick Garth, Lamar; Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Kareem South, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.