PIKEVILLE – For a second straight week, University of Pikeville senior Bruce Reed is the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.
Reed is the fifth player this season to earn the weekly honor multiple times.
The senior averaged 19 point, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game while leading the second-ranked Bears to three wins last week.
The Olathe, Kan., native began the week with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in UPIKE’s 92-76 win over Cumberlands (Ky.) at the East Ky. Expo Center last Monday. Reed was an efficient 10-of-11 from the free-throw line in the win.
On Thursday, Reed scored 18 points while pulling down three boards in a 69-56 win at Shawnee State (Ohio). Reed hit half of his 10 shots from the field and made 7-of-8 from the stripe to help the Bears capture the outright MSC regular-season title with the win.
Reed closed the week on the road Saturday with 19 points and five rebounds as the Bears sprinted past No. 19 Rio Grande (Ohio) 111-91. Reed was once again efficient from the field, making 7-of-10 shots. He was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.
For the week, Reed shot 59.3 percent from the field, including making 50 percent (4-for-8) from beyond the 3-point arc. He added 21-of-23 free throws during the week.
Reed leads the MSC in total blocks (53) and blocks per game (1.9). He is second in the conference in scoring (18.1) and fourth in field-goal percentage (54.4 percent). Nationally, Reed is sixth in total blocks and 15th in field-goal percentage.
Pikeville improved to 25-2 overall and 15-1 in the MSC following last week’s wins.