Sophomore forward George Niang of Iowa State and Oklahoma freshman point guard Jordan Woodard led their teams to victories over in-state rivals last week and on Monday were honored as the Big 12 Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Niang had a career-high 24 points and was instrumental in Iowa State’s come-from-behind 85-82 victory over the 22nd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Niang was responsible for what turned out to be the game-winning field goal on a reverse layup with 18 seconds remaining in the game. The 6-7 forward shot eight of 15 from the field and made eight out of 10 free throws in a second-straight, career-best outing.
Woodard also recorded a career-best scoring performance last week in the Sooners’ 101-91 win over Tulsa. Woodard’s points came in an unusual way, however. He shot only four times from the field in the game, making three, but went to the free-throw stripe 22 times, tying an Oklahoma program record. He made 17 of his 22 free-throw attempts.
Woodard’s brother, James, plays for Tulsa and was the high-point man for the Golden Hurricanes with 19 points. Jordan is averaging 11.9 points a game in 10 starts this season.
Niang is the fourth Iowa State player to receive a Big 12 weekly award. His teammate Dustin Hogue was Player of the Week last week and Melvin Ejim and Naz Long were so honored previously. Woodard is the second Sooner to be named Newcomer of the Week. OU forward Ryan Spangler has twice been named Newcomer of the Week.