Point Park's Kris Douse named AMC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Feb. 22, 2011
Douse pictured above in a Nov. 30 game against then-NAIA DII No. 1 Walsh. Photo by Chelsey Engel
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University senior forward Kris Douse has been named the American Mideast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this year. The 6-7 native of Toronto, Ont., averaged 23.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in three games last week (Feb. 14-20) to help Point Park clinch an AMC playoff spot.
Douse’s big week allowed the Pioneers (15-11, 9-9 AMC) to earn the fifth-and-final AMC Tournament seed. Point Park will ride its recent streak of winning four of its last five games into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game at #2 seed Cedarville (13-5 AMC). Tipoff for that game is 7:30 p.m. in Cedarville, Ohio.
Douse posted three 20-point games last week to boost his season scoring average to 20.0 points per game, a figure that ranks 13th in NAIA Division II. The 6-7 transfer from Delaware State leads the nation in rebounding average at 12.3 rebounds per game, and his 18 double-doubles rank third in the country.
Douse had 20 points and six boards in a rout at Houghton last Tuesday, and he followed that up with 23 points and nine rebounds in a set back at Notre Dame (OH) last Thursday. He saved his best for the regular-season finale, though.
With Point Park needing a win to make the playoffs, Douse had a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pioneers to an 88-87 victory over Daemen. Douse, who was 9 of 13 from the field, helped Point Park rally from a 24-point deficit in the first half.
Douse’s week featured 55-percent shooting from the floor, 50-percent shooting from 3-point range and 70 percent from the foul line.
Douse was also the AMC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week when he averaged 32.7 ppg and 14.7 rpg from Jan. 17-23. He transferred to Point Park this year from Delaware State. He started his career at Nebraska.