Men's Basketball

 

Cross Earns Second Straight WIAC Player of the Week Honor

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Chas Cross was named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week, by the league office on Tuesday; and becoming the second Pioneer to receive the honor three times in a season and the second player to earn the award three out of four weeks.

The last person to be named player of the week three out of four weeks was UW-Stevens Point's Brand Bailey in 1999, and the last Pioneer to earn three Player of the Week honors was Steve Showalter during the 1987-88 season.

Cross received Player of the Week last week and becomes the fifth player to earn the honor in consecutive weeks. Last week, the Winnebago, Ill. native, averaged 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals, and shot 65.4 percent (17-26) from the field.

This past week, Cross averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.5 assists and steals per game in two games.  He shot .583 (14-24) from the field, .571 (4-7) from beyond the arc and .786 (11-14) from the charity stripe.  Cross played 69 minutes without turning the ball over while dishing out five assists.  He recorded his third double-double of the season at UW-Oshkosh with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Cross tied a career-high with 27 points, while recording a career-best 9-10 from the free throw line against UW-River Falls.  He grabbed four of the 10 Pioneer offensive boards against the Falcons on Jan. 26.

Cross leads not only the Pioneers but also the WIAC in scoring and rebounds with 15.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The six-foot-eight center has heated up in the month of January and is averaging 19.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per contest. 

Cross and the Pioneers host fifth-ranked UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Bo Ryan Court.