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February 7, 2011

Men’s Basketball’s Johannsen Earns Share of Big Sky Weekly Honor

OGDEN, Utah -  Northern Arizona's Shane Johannsen  and Weber State's Trevor Morris have been selected as the Big Sky Conference men's basketball co-players of the week.

Johannsen, a 6-7 senior center from Valley Christian in Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.7 steals per game as the Lumberjacks earned home wins over Northern Colorado, Montana State and Montana. Johannsen hit 76.9 percent of his shots from the floor in the three games.

Morris, a 6-foot-9 senior center from Nampa, Idaho, averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game as the Wildcats scored home victories over Montana and Montana State. Morris shot 60 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line in the two wins.

Johannsen opened last Monday with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks in a 65-54 victory over second-place Northern Colorado. He made 6-of-8 shots from the field.

On Thursday, he scored 16 points with two rebounds, four steals and a block in a 61-41 win over Montana State. Johannsen was 8-of-8 from the field, a game bettered just four times in school history for field goal percentage.

Johannsen capped the week by scoring 12 points with six rebounds, three blocks and a steal as Northern Arizona beat first-place Montana 70-53.

He has averaged 10.1 points per game (24th in Big Sky) and 6.4 rebounds (6th in Big Sky) this season while leading Division I and the Big Sky in field goal percentage at 74.6 (ESPN.com).

This is Johannsen's first career player of the week honor.

Others Nominated

Glen Dean, G, Eastern Washington: Averaged 10 points and three assists in a win and a loss.

Kenny McGowen, G, Idaho State: Scored 12 points in a loss.

Derek Selvig, F, Montana: Averaged 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two losses.

Devon Beitzel, G, Northern Colorado: Averaged 20 points per game in two wins and a loss.

John Dickson, F, Sacramento State: Scored 16 points with eight rebounds in a win.