American names Gardner as Rookie of the Week for 5th time

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 For the fifth time this season, ECU forward Jayden Gardner has been named the American Athletic Conference’s Men’s Basketball Freshman-of-the-Week announced the league officials Monday.

Gardner is the first Pirate in American conference history to win this award five times — B.J. Tyson and Shawn Williams won the award four times each. He joins Memphis’ Dedric Lawson (2015-16) and USF’s Chris Perry (2013-14) as the only players in league history to win the award five times.

Lawson won the award a league-record six times in 2015-16.

Gardner averaged 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games last week. He posted his ninth double-double of the season Sunday against Tulsa, finishing with 19 points and 16 rebounds after scoring 13 points against Memphis earlier in the week.

Gardner shot 42.3 percent from the field (11-of-26) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12) during the week. He averaged 37.0 minutes per game and played 74 of a possible 85 minutes. Gardner also handed out five assists and collected two steals during the week.

He is the only player in the conference to rank among the top 10 in scoring and rebounding this season.

The Pirates will return to action Feb. 23 against Tulane in New Orleans.

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