Dawes Earns Conference Award

BYU center Derek Dawes rejected four shots against New Mexico on the way to earning MWC Player of the Week honors. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU center Derek Dawes earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors for his career night against conference foe New Mexico last week, marking the first award of his career.

Making his fifth start of the year, the 6-foot-11 Dawes set career bests of 14 points, 6-of-7 (.857) shooting, and 4 blocks while tying career marks of 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in the victory. He was also perfect from the free-throw line (2-2) in 32 minutes of action. After his only missed shot of the game, Dawes used his hustle to regain the Cougar possession by stealing a Lobo pass.

Dawes' energy and effort in the post led the Cougars to a 68-53 win over the Lobos, their first MWC win of the season. The 14-point, 10-rebound double-double was the first of his career.

On the season, Dawes now averages 5.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, which is second on the team. He has scored in double figures five times this year and reached double-digit boards three times. BYU is 3-2 with Dawes in the starting line-up, making him the only Cougar with a winning record as a starter.