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Saldivar Named Player of the Week; Earns Pair of National Accolades

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Junior Stallon Saldivar was named the Big Sky Player of the Week for his game-winning performance against Arizona State Monday. He also was also named National Mid-Major Men's Basketball Player of the Week and Big Sky Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and as a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award.

"I told Stallon that I would like for him to make a statement tonight because we think that he can certainly be recognized as one of the better point guards with his smarts and his ability to run his team," said Interim Coach Dave Brown after the game.

He hit a three-pointer with 0.6 left to lead Northern Arizona to the 69-68 upset of Pac-12 member Arizona State Saturday at Wells Fargo. He finished with a career-best 24 points with nine assists and five rebounds. The Salt Lake City, Utah, native made 7-of-12 shots from the field including a career-high six three-pointers while playing the entire 40 minutes.

"Once I made that first one, it's kind of a confidence thing," said Saldivar. "When you get that first one to hit nothing but net, for any shooter really it's a confidence thing, and I just felt it today."

He finished just one assist short of a double-double, recording nine assists in the game, the sixth time he has recorded nine or more assists in a game in his career. He also broke into the record books, moving into ninth place on the career assists list with 289 in his three-year career.

"I thought the Northern Arizona guards really dominated the basketball game, we had a difficult time defending them," said ASU Head Coach Herb Sendek.

He has now recorded the three top scoring games of his career this season.

Saldivar hit the game winner with one second left from the right side to take the lead for first time in the second half and win the game. The Lumberjacks defeated ASU for the second consecutive time after posting a 75-71 upset in the 2006-07 season over the Sun Devils.

Saldivar was also named as a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Awar by The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. Almost 60 candidates have been nominated for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award.

 This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final twenty by January 1st, final ten by February 1st, and final five by March 1st. A premier Selection Committee will be appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and last year's recipient Kemba Walker (Connecticut).  For more information on the 2012 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.

2012 Bob Cousy Award Candidates:

Randy Davis, Ball State

Pierre Jackson, Baylor

Keegan Bell, Chattanooga

Andre Young, Clemson 

Andrew Lawrence, College of Charleston 

Brian Barbour, Columbia 

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Chris Wroblewski, Cornell 

Antoine Young, Creighton 

JP Kuhlman, Davidson

Ray McCallum, Detroit

Seth Curry, Duke 

TJ McConnell, Duquesne 

Kenny Boynton, Florida

Erving Walker, Florida

Luke Loucks, Florida State

Jeff Peterson, Florida State

Tony Taylor, George Washington

James Fields, Georgia State

Brandyn Curry, Harvard

Scott Machado, Iona

Stephen Thomas, IUPUI 

Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas

Marquis Teague, Kentucky

Tyreek Duren, La Salle

Mackey McKnight, Lehigh 

Casper Ware, Long Beach State

Peyton Siva, Louisville 

Damier Pitts, Marshall 

Will Barton, Memphis

Joe Jackson, Memphis

Malcolm Grant, Miami

Trey Burke, Michigan

Kaylon Williams, Milwaukee 

Dee Bost, Mississippi State

Mike Dixon, Missouri 

Will Cherry, Montana

Kendall Williams, New Mexico 

Kendall Marshall, North Carolina

Lorenzo Brown, NC State

Stallon Saldivar, Northern Arizona 

Reggie Hamilton, Oakland 

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

D.J. Cooper, Ohio University

Jared Cunningham, Oregon State 

Tim Frazier, Penn State

Zack Rosen, Pennsylvania 

Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh

Lewis Jackson, Purdue 

Bryan Dougher, Stony Brook University

Scoop Jardine, Syracuse

Brandon Triche, Syracuse

Wil Peters, Tennessee State 

Myck Kabongo, Texas

Dash Harris, Texas A&M

Hank Thorns, TCU

Will Weathers, Troy

Brad Tinsley, Vanderbilt

Maalik Wayns, Villanova

Erick Green, Virginia Tech 

Abdul Gaddy, Washington

Tony Wroten, Washington

Trey Sumler, Western Carolina 

Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

Tu Holloway, Xavier