FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For the second time this season and the third time in his career, Arkansas’ Jannero Pargo has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week.
Pargo, who ranks fourth in the league in scoring with 17.2 points a game, scored a career-high 35 points in Saturday’s 94-92 overtime victory over No. 4 Florida. Earlier in the week, he had 18 points and five assists at No. 15 Georgia.
Against the Gators, Pargo made 10 of 16 shots, including seven of eight three-pointers. Over one stretch in the first half, he scored 15 of UA’s 17 points, and in the second half with the Razorbacks trailing 59-52, he scored six straight to cut the deficit to one.
The Chicago native, who is ninth in the SEC in field goal percentage (.467), fourth in three-point percentage (.406) and third with 3.32 three-point goals per game, made a three from the top of the key to tie the game at 81-81 with 26 seconds remaining to force the overtime.
After Florida tied the game with 16 seconds to go, Pargo held the ball at midcourt, ran the clock down and drove down the right side of the lane before pulling up and hitting the game-winner from 14 feet with 2.7 seconds left.
The preseason All-SEC selection averaged 26.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds for the week while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor (17-33), including 60 percent from three-point range (9-15).
The 35-point game is the third 30-point outing of the season for Pargo. He is the first Hog to record three 30-point games in the same season since Todd Day in 1992 and the 35 points are the most for an Arkansas player since Al Dillard had 39 against Delaware State in 1994.
His nine threes for the week give him 136 for his career, just two away from tying Dillard for fifth on Arkansas’ all-time list.
Pargo, who is also averaging 2.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, has to the top two scoring games in the SEC this year with Saturday’s outing and the 32-point performance against Tennessee-Chattanooga on Dec. 20. He also had 30 points at Memphis on Jan. 2.