BOURBONNAIS, IL (02/04/2014)(readMedia)-- A career-high scoring night and a double-double during the period from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 have earned Olivet Nazarene University's Aaron Larson of Tolono Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors, as announced by the league office on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Larson becomes the first Tiger player to earn the distinction this season.
A 6-foot-7-inch sophomore forward, Larson recorded his eighth double-double of the season on Thursday, Jan. 30, in an 85-78 conference victory over Trinity Christian College. He finished that contest with 25 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals, while also shooting .600 from the field (9-of-15) and a perfect 1.000 from the foul line (7-of-7).
Two days later, on Feb. 1, Larson hit for 30 points (his career high) on 12-of-19 shooting from the field, while again being perfect at the free throw line (4-for-4) in a 92-82 win over Purdue University Calumet. He also sank two three-pointers in three attempts. His other numbers included five rebounds, two blocks and one assist.
For the two games combined, Larson averaged 27.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, while authoring a .618 field goal percentage (21-of-34) and the perfect free throw reading (11-for-11).
For the season, Larson ranks second in the conference in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and sixth in scoring (16.7 ppg).
Olivet's two league wins - including the Feb. 1 win which gave Head Coach Ralph Hodge the 700th victory of his career - moved the Tigers into a tie for first place in the CCAC South Division. ONU is now 11-11 overall and 9-4 in league play.
Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, Ill. - just 50 miles south of Chicago; three additional sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.
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