Big Week Gets Taylor Conference USA Award

Taylor was busy scoring and rebounding in two road games on the week

Taylor was busy scoring and rebounding in two road games on the week

Jan. 27, 2014

IRVING, Texas – After nearly averaging a double-double over a two-game week of Conference USA matchups, Marshall freshman forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) was recognized for his play by being named C-USA Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, the league office announced Monday.

The weekly awards are chosen by a media panel representing the 16 member schools.

In a road win against Rice (Jan. 23), Taylor tied for the team lead in scoring with 18 points, while having added eight rebounds. His long-range efficiency helped the Thundering Herd as he finished 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Before a near-sold out crowd at Louisiana Tech (Jan. 25), Taylor posted the sixth double-double of his freshman campaign on 17 points and 11 rebounds to finish as the team leader in both categories in a losing effort.

On the week, Taylor averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds with a 10-of-19 mark from the field (52.6 percent) and a 12-of-16 showing from the charity stripe (75 percent).

This marks the 15th C-USA Freshman of the Week honor in the history of Marshall men’s basketball. Freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) has received the honor three times this season (Dec. 2, 9 and 16). Five Freshman of the Week awards in a season marks the second most in a season for the Herd, with the most having been six (2009-10).

On the season, Taylor ranks second on the Marshall active roster in points (13.9) and first in rebounds (7.5). His six double-doubles are also a Marshall best this season.

Marshall will return to action against FIU on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center.

In-game Twitter updates @HerdMBB, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at



C-USA Player of the Week
Nov. 11: Elijah Pittman, Marshall / Rakeem Buckles, FIU
Nov. 18: Louis Dabney, Tulane / C.J. Washington, UAB
Nov. 25: Chad Frazier, UAB
Dec. 2: Chad Frazier, UAB
Dec. 9: Pablo Bertone, Florida Atlantic
Dec. 16: Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee
Dec. 23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Dec. 30: John Bohannon, UTEP
Jan. 6: Alex Hamilton, LA Tech
Jan. 13: John Bohannon, UTEP
Jan. 20: Michael Craig, Southern Miss
Jan. 27: Neil Watson, Southern Miss / Kenneth “Speedy” Smith, LA Tech

C-USA Freshman of the Week
Nov. 11: Matt Willms, UTEP
Nov. 18: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Nov. 25: Sean Obi, Rice
Dec. 2: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 9: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 16: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Dec. 30: Vince Hunter, UTEP
Jan. 6: Ryan Taylor, Marshall
Jan. 13: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Jan. 20: Vince Hunter, UTEP
Jan. 27: Ryan Taylor, Marshall