GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina sophomore guard Marcus Paige has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season, while Maryland guard Roddy Peters earned Rookie of the Week honors.
Paige scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as the Tar Heels beat 11th ranked Kentucky, 82-77, on Saturday. The Marion, Iowa, native was 10-of-10 from the free throw line. He also had three steals, all of which came in the second half and led to UNC baskets. It was Paige’s fourth 20-point game of the season. He hit a key 3-pointer with 8:17 to play to give UNC a six-point lead. Paige’s 21 second-half points were more than any other player on either team scored in the entire game.
Peters averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 assists in just 45 minutes of action to help Maryland to a pair of victories last week, with his best performance coming in a critical ACC road win at Boston College. The freshman from District Heights, Md., notched a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting to lead the in their 88-80 win over the Eagles. Peters currently leads the Terps in assists (38), while averaging just 20.2 minutes per game.