Bearcats streak now at 12 in a row, Clark wins AAC Player of the Week for second week in a row
For the second week in a row senior forward Gary Clark earns the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Clark just missed having two double double’s by one rebound against Memphis in a win.
Gary Clark wins AAC Player of the Week
🏆 #AmericanHoops Player of the Week
2nd week in a row ✅
1,000 Career points ✅
1,000 Career rebounds ✅
17.5 ppg ✅
9.5 rpg ✅
2-0 week ✅
For the second consecutive week and third time this season University of Cincinnati senior forward Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton HS) has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Clark averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 52.4 percent (11 of 21) from the floor as the ninth-ranked Bearcats pushed their current win streak to 12 consecutive games with a pair of victories last week.
Clark extended his double-double streak to four consecutive games in Cincinnati’s 75-42 home win over Temple on Wednesday, Jan. 24, scoring a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds with two steals. He also eclipsed 1,000 career rebounds during the contest becoming only the fifth player in school history to achieve at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds during his career.
Clark nearly registered his ninth double-double of the season at Memphis on Sunday, Jan. 27, compiling a team-high 18 points with nine rebounds in a 62-48 win over the Tigers.
Since the start of league play Clark is averaging a team-high 14.6 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent (42 of 77) from the floor along with 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals.
With 26 career double-doubles Clark is the double-doubles leader at UC during the Mick Cronin coaching era (since 2006-07) and the current double-doubles leader among all active players in The American.
Clark ranks third in the nation and fifth in UC history with 1,011 career rebounds entering the week. He has led the Bearcats in rebounds in 15 of 21 games this season and 63 times during his career. With 1,277 career points Clark needs three more to pass Bearcat great Kenyon Martin (1,279 points from 1997-2000) for 26th place in school history.
A preseason nominee for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award and the Lute Olson Player of the Year Award, Clark is averaging 13.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks this season.
Entering Cincinnati’s home game against Houston on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW), Clark ranks among the AAC leaders in nine categories: rebounds (first at 9.1), double-doubles (first with eight), offensive rebounds (first at 3.5), defensive rebounds (second at 5.6), blocks (seventh at 1.3), steals (seventh at 1.3), field goal percentage (eighth at .510), free throw percentage (14th at .753) and points (14th at 13.3).
Clark twice previously has been named The American’s Player of the Week. He shared the award last week (Jan. 22) with SMU’s Shake Milton after posted back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds while shooting 48.3 percent (14 of 29). Clark scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down a season-best 15 rebounds during Cincinnati’s 49-38 win at UCF on Jan. 16. He tallied 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds during UC’s 86-60 home victory over ECU on Jan. 20.
Clark was also honored as the league’s player of the week on Nov. 27 after earning the most valuable player award in the Cayman Islands Classic where he averaged 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 53.3 percent (16 of 30) from the floor and 87.5 percent (14 of 16) from the free throw line in three Bearcats wins.
Clark was tabbed to the league’s weekly honor roll on Dec. 18, averaging 9.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in UC victories over Mississippi State and at UCLA.
Bearcats are now ranked 8th in the AP Poll
Highlights from the Bearcats 62-48 victory on Saturday
This was a tough one for #BearcatNation to watch because it seemed the officiating crew had it out for the Bearcats. Jacob Evans fouled out for the first time in his career, (Clark, Kyle Washington, Cane Broome and Jarron Cumberland had four fouls a piece. Overall the team had 27 on the day, but they still won by 14 points in conference on the road.
Clark led the Bearcats with 18 points and nine rebounds.
19-2 overall and 8-0 in the AAC