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Point Park University's Kris Douse named AMC Player of the Week

Jan. 25, 2011

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Point Park's Kris Douse averaged 32.7 ppg and 14.7 rpg last week. Photo by Chelsey Engel. 

PITTSBURGH – Point Park University senior forward Kris Douse has been selected the American Mideast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played Jan. 17-23.

A 6-7 senior who transferred from NCAA Division I Delaware State this year, Douse had impressive numbers of 32.7 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 53 percent field goals in three games last week to earn the honor.

One of the highlights of Douse’s week was tying Point Park’s single-game scoring record with 45 points and 12 rebounds versus Mt. Vernon Nazarene University on Friday. The Toronto, Ont., native matched the record shared by assistant coach Gabe Bubon by making 12 of 24 field goals and 17 of 20 free throws.

Douse’s week started with 24 points and 20 rebounds Tuesday versus Roberts Wesleyan. Douse leads the NAIA Division II in rebounding average at 13.4 rpg, and it was the third time this year that he grabbed at least 20 rebounds.

The 6-7, 230-pound forward ended the week with 29 points and 12 rebounds versus Wilberforce Saturday to record his 14th double-double in 16 games.

Douse stepped up his game last week when Point Park (10-6, 4-4 AMC) need it most. The Pioneers have been without its top two scoring guards Jimmy Sherwood (16.2 ppg) and T.J.Heatherington (14.5 ppg) due to injuries, which left Douse to pick up slack.

With his performance last week, Douse increased his season scoring average by over three points per game to a team-leading 18.6 ppg. He ranks fourth in the AMC in scoring, and his 13.4 rebounds per game rank comfortably ahead of the nearest challenger on the national and conference levels.

Douse was rated by national publications as a top-50 prep player coming out of Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute. He started his career at the University of Nebraska before moving on to Delaware State.

Douse’s awards so far this year include a couple of nice accolades by the Victory Sports Network, a national website that covers NAIA sports. He was named the publication’s NAIA DII Defensive Player of the Week for averaging 16.5 ppg and 19.5 rpg the week of Jan. 3-9. Also, Douse earned VSN’s Most Impressive Performance of the Week when he posted 19 points and 24 rebounds at Buffalo State Nov. 19.

Point Park University is an NAIA Division II school located in downtown Pittsburgh. The Pioneers continue American Mideast Conference play Thursday when they host #18 Malone University (8 p.m.).

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