January 24, 2011

Junior Ken Horton Named Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week for the Second Time

Central Connecticut junior forward Ken Horton has been named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. Horton and the Blue Devils won a pair of NEC games last week, including an overtime win at home over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon in which they trailed by five points with 31 seconds remaining. Horton averaged a double-double for the week.

Horton is currently leading the NEC in both scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg) and also leads the NEC in rebounding in league games averaging just under 10 per game (9.8). He is third in league scoring at 19.1 points per game in eight league games.

Horton is the recipient of his second Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week award of the season and third of his career after he recorded a pair of double-doubles in two Central Connecticut wins last week. He averaged 25.5 points and 12.0 rebounds, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe.

Horton netted 28 points and matched his career-high with 14 boards in a 66-47 triumph at Monmouth on Thursday. He converted 10-14 shots from the floor, including 2-3 from three-point territory to help the Blue Devils recover from a nine-point first half deficit.

Two nights later, Horton rang up 23 points and snared 10 caroms as CCSU rallied late to force overtime before prevailing over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-67. Following a long inbounds pass, the Ossining, NY product assisted on Shemik Thompson's game-tying bucket with three seconds to play in regulation. With the score tied at 58-58 and under two minutes to play in the extra session, Horton tallied five points in an 8-0 run to ice the game for CCSU, which improved to 5-3 in league play.

Horton leads the NEC in both scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg), and ranks second in double-doubles (five), fifth in blocks (1.3 bpg) and seventh in free throw percentage (.846). He has 26 career 20+ point games to his credit, the most among active NEC players, and has accumulated 1,177 career points.