Lofton earns C-USA weekly award

Kenneth Lofton, Jr.’s dominance on the hardwood earned the Louisiana Tech forward the Conference USA Player of the Week award in an announcement made by the league office on Monday.

Junior averaged 27.5 points in the two games against ULM and NC State, shooting 69 percent from the field (20-of-29) and 71 percent from the foul line (15-of-21).  He also averaged 14.5 rebounds and totaled seven assists.

In the 96-74 blowout win over the Warhawks, the Port Arthur, Texas native set new season-highs with 19 points and 12 rebounds in recording another double-double.

The forward turned around on Saturday and eclipsed those marks by far with a career effort at ACC opponent NC State, registering a career-high 36 points (went 14-of-19 from the field), a career-high 17 rebounds and matching his career-high with four assists.

In doing so, Junior became the first player in Division I this season to register a 35-point, 15-rebound game and the first Bulldog to do so in at least 30 years.  His 36 points was also the second most scored by a Bulldog over the last 20 years. 

He currently leads LA Tech in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (11.3) and ranks top 10 in the country in double-doubles, free throw attempts, rebounds per game and offensive rebounds per game. 

This is the first C-USA Player of the Week honor for Junior who earned C-USA Freshman of the Week honors nine times last season.

LA Tech returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at home versus Texas Southern.  Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.


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