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UPIKE’s Young MSC Player of the Week

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – He has scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games and is averaging eight rebounds a game in the last four contests. As of today, Andrew Young has the attention of the Mid-South Conference.

Young, a 6-8 senior forward from Philadelphia, is the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

Young averaged 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in Pikeville’s 67-56 win over Cumberlands Thursday night and 71-70 decision over No. 8 Lindsey Wilson on Saturday.

He capped the weekend with a spin and bucket from in front of the rim with 8.4 seconds left Saturday to give the Bears their win over the Blue Raiders.

Young had 13 points and nine rebounds Thursday night and followed it with 25 points and seven boards on Saturday. He had an assist in each game and two steals both nights. For the week, he shot 53.6 percent overall and 80 percent from the line.

Young is 16th in the league in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game and stands tied for 18th in rebounds with an average of 5.24 per game. Both of those numbers, however, have been elevated in games against the rugged Mid-South Conference, where he averages 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.

Better yet, his 55.2 percent shooting from the field is fourth in the league.

Young has helped the Bears to three straight wins and victories in six of their last eight games. The Bears are now 14-7 overall, and their 6-4 record in the Mid-South Conference has them one game out of first place.

Pikeville has a chance to draw even with one of the teams ahead of it Thursday when it visits Georgetown College at 8 p.m. The Bears will then play at Shawnee State on Saturday.

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