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Mayo nets another Player of the Week honor


December 11, 2007

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UIC guard Josh Mayo was awarded the Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Josh Mayo is still on fire – even when he’s off the court.

For the second time this season and third time in his UIC career, the junior guard is taking home Horizon League Player of the Week honors after average 30.5 points in two conference victories last week. The league office announced the honor on Monday afternoon.

Mayo scored nearly a point per minute in Flames’ wins over Milwaukee and Green Bay at the UIC Pavilion. In Thursday’s 91-73 whipping of the Panthers, Mayo scored 29 points in 27 minutes and was 10-for-12 from the field and 5-for-6 from beyond the arc. For an encore, he poured in 32 points, including 20 in the first half, in UIC’s 76-67 win over Green Bay on Saturday. He hit six more threes against the Phoenix.

The Merrillville, Ind. native is averaging 27.0 points over four Flames’ home games. He is second in the Horizon League overall at 18.9 points per game, just behind Green Bay’s Mike Schachtner (20.2 ppg). He is also second in the nation in three-point percentage at 62 percent.

The 5-foot-11 Mayo also took Player of the Week honors after the first week of action as he scored 34 points in UIC’s impressive season-opening win over Bradley. He also won the award after the final week of last regular season after hitting the game-winning shot in a 52-51 win at Loyola.

Mayo has the top two and three of the top six scoring performances by a Horizon League player this season. If he continues at his current 18.9 points-per-game clip this season, Mayo will eclipse the 1,000-career point mark at Valparaiso on Jan. 24.

FLAME PROS: Former Flames guard Cedrick Banks is averaging 10.9 points and 2.1 assists this season in seven games with Rishon in Israel. … Ex-UIC forward Justin Bowen is back with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League, averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in five games. He had nine points on 4-for-4 shooting in the Toros’ 109-105 win over Tulsa on Saturday.

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Mayo, Flames fired up, take it out on Milwaukee (12/7/07)
Horizon play opens with mirror images (Milwaukee preview) (12/5/07)
Second-half avalanche buries Flames (at Illinois St.) (12/2/07)
Flames win Dailey game, win on road (vs. CMU, signings) (11/29/07)
Bush could make season debut (CMU preview) (11/27/07)
No paradise on the court for UIC (PJAM vs. Wichita St.) (11/20/07)
Flames can't quite rebound (PJAM vs. Charlotte) (11/18/07)
Lapses costly in Flames' 1st loss (PJAM vs. Winthrop) (11/17/07)