Senior point guard sends Idaho game into overtime with driving layin, then finishes with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 98-95 win
Again coming close to the first triple-double in school history, senior point guard Drew Brandon was co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for nearly finishing with a triple-double in EWU's 98-95 overtime victory over Idaho on Jan. 31.
It was the second time this season Brandon has been honored by the league. He shared the award with Sacramento State's Mikh McKinney. Brandon was also named the College Sports Madness Big Sky Player of the Week as well.
With the nation's leading scorer Tyler Harvey out of the game for the final 7:31, Brandon helped replace the lost offense and finished with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. He also had just one turnover in 44 minutes of action. He made 5-of-11 shots from the field with a pair of 3-pointers, and also sank 6-of-8 free throws.
Brandon had a steal with 1:11 left that resulted in a basket that cut Idaho's lead to five, and also made a pair of free throws down the stretch before his game-tying driving layin at the buzzer sent the game into overtime.
One game earlier, he had a career-high 13 assists, 11 points and eight rebounds in EWU's 102-80 victory over North Dakota on Jan. 24. One other time in his career he's come one stat away from a triple-double, and one other occasion he was two rebounds from a triple-double.
Brandon has now had three-straight double-doubles, having finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds (and four assists) against Northern Colorado on Jan. 22. He now has five double-doubles this season and 10 in his career.
Brandon ranks 31st in NCAA Division I and second in the league in assists (5.6) and is 37th nationally and second in the Big Sky in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.64 per game). He is averaging 8.7 points, 5.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per outing while battling a season-long bout with back spasms, and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 111-to-42.
Brandon is averaging 5.3 assists, 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his 50-game career (49 as a starter) with 10 career double-doubles thus far. Brandon has the second-best assist average in school history, a mark of 5.3 that only trails the 8.4 average of Ed Waters (1974-77).