Morrison Named WCC December Player Of Month

Jan. 5, 2006

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University junior Adam Morrison has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for December after helping lead the Bulldogs to a No. 8 national ranking and seeing himself lead the NCAA in scoring.

The 6-8 product of Spokane's Mead High averaged 28.3 ppg for the month in helping the Zags to a 6-2 record, the lone losses at then No. 18 University of Washington and at No. 4 University of Memphis. Morrison also added 5.9 rebounds per game to go along with 2.3 assists per game and 1.0 steals per game. He shot a solid 50 percent from the field (74-148), and knocked down 37.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc (14-37).

Morrison, considered by many to be in a two-man race with Duke University's J.J. Redick for national Player of the Year honors, started the month with a memorable performance versus in-state rival Washington, dropping in 43 points in a 99-95 setback. It was the second time this season he has scored 43 points, the other in a classic 109-triple-overtime win over Michigan State University at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. His 43 points are the NCAA Division I single-game best this season. Against the Huskies Morrison connected on an astounding 18-of-29 (62.1 percent) shots from the field.

Another memorable moment came against Oklahoma State University at The Battle in Seattle at KeyArena, when Morrison poured in a game-high 25 points, including a three-pointer with just 2.5 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Zags to a 64-62 win.

Entering the start of WCC play Saturday at Saint Mary's College, Morrison is averaging 27.8 ppg to lead the nation according to the latest statistics released Tuesday. Andre Collins of Loyola (Md.) is second at 25.6 ppg and Redick is third at 25.3 ppg.



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