IRVINE, Calif. – Impressive shooting and prodigious scoring mixed well for Cal State Fullerton senior Michael Williams (Van Nuys, Calif.), the Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week who led the Titans to back-to-back conference wins for the first time this season.
Williams averaged 25.5 points per game in keying wins against Cal State Northridge (82-81) and Long Beach State (84-76) last week. The two wins clinched a spot for CSF in the Big West Tournament, as well as vaulting the Titans into fifth place in the league standings.
Fullerton will host UC Irvine at 7 p.m., Thursday in the final home game of the year at Titan Gym. Prior to the game, Williams as well as fellow seniors James Johnson and Marquis Horne will be honored. The Titans will close the season at Hawai'i on Saturday.
For the week, Williams shot 60.6% (20 of 33) from the floor, and made six of his 15 three-point attempts.
Williams played all 40 minutes against the Matadors, contributing 23 points, four rebounds and two assists in the one-point triumph. He hit 8-of-15 shots overall.
Against Long Beach State, Williams erupted for 20 of his 28 points in the second half as the Titans erased an early 14-point deficit and secured the comeback victory. He connected on 12-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-8 on three-pointers.
Williams has recorded double figures in 28 straight games, has scored at least 20 points 12 times, and has led CSF in scoring in four straight games.
Others nominated: Dan Jennings (Long Beach State); Georgi Funtarov (UC Davis); Chris McNealy (UC Irvine); Chris Patton (UC Riverside)