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Feb. 22, 2016
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Brandon Taylor was named the Big Ten’s co-Player of the Week Monday after helping lead the Penn State men’s basketball team to a pair of wins over No. 4 Iowa and Rutgers this week. Led by Taylor, the Nittany Lions have now won three of their last four games, including two over ranked opponents.
This is the first league honor for the senior captain and the first for the program since D.J. Newbill was named the co-player of the week Dec. 1, 2014. He shares it this week with Indiana’s Troy Williams.
Taylor averaged 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in the Nittany Lions’ wins over nationally-ranked Iowa and Rutgers. He scored 18 points, including a trio of three-pointers, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out three assists against the Hawkeyes Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Bryce Jordan Center.
He followed up the performance by tallying 17 points and corralling a career-high 14 rebounds to go with a pair of blocks at Rutgers. The performance stands as his sixth double-double this season, the most by a Penn State player in a single season since Geary Claxton produced nine in 2007-08.
In conference play, Taylor currently ranks ninth in the Big Ten with 16.9 points per game, and 10th in the conference with 6.8 rebounds per contest.
With 1,216 career points, the Tabernacle, New Jersey, native is in sole possession of the No. 19 spot on Penn State’s all-time scoring list. He needs 28 more points to match Monroe Brown (1989-92).
Taylor and the Nittany Lions return to action against Nebraska at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Jordan Center. Tickets are available here to see Penn State seek its third-consecutive Big Ten victory for the first time since 2013-14.