FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –- Following his career-high performance in Arkansas’ season-opening win over Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, 6-9 junior forward Michael Washington has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week.
Washington, a pre-season All-SEC selection, had career and game highs of 30 points and 14 rebounds in the 91-87 overtime victory. He also set career highs with 10 shots made, 16 shots attempted and 41 minutes played. His previous highs were 17 points, 12 rebounds twice, 15 shot attempts and eight shots made.
Washington, from McGehee, Ark., scored seven straight points in the extra period to put the Razorbacks (1-0) in command. Down 81-80, he made three free throws, a dunk and two more free throws for an 87-81 lead with 26 seconds remaining.
His point total is the best for a Razorback in a season-opener since All-American Sidney Moncrief began the 1979 season with a 30-point outing against Oklahoma.
The player of the week honor is the first for Washington, who averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds last year as a sophomore.
His effort against SLU helped Arkansas win its season-opener for the 14th straight season and its home-opener for the 35th consecutive year.
The Razorbacks play host to California-Davis on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.