Kenny Boynton, who scored 22 points Saturday to lead 11th-ranked Florida to an 84-64 win over then 22nd-ranked Texas A&M in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic, has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the week. Boynton’s selection marks the second straight week a Gator has been selected SEC Player of the Week.
Kenny Boynton (1) was named SEC Player of the Week after scoring 22 points to lead the Gators past Texas A&M.
In earning Most Valuable Player honors for the Orange Bowl Classic for the second straight year, Boynton knocked down 6-12 of his 3-point shots to go with two assists, one rebound and one steal. It was the sixth time this season that Boynton has eclipsed the 20-point mark and the 22nd time in his Florida career. The scoring outburst moved Boynton past Nick Calathes and Taurean Green into 34th place all-time in scoring at UF with 1,191 points.
For the season, Boynton is averaging 19 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Boynton has an outstanding 2.2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Boynton has hit at least one 3-point shot in 26 consecutive games, which is the fifth longest streak in Florida history.
Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was named SEC Freshman of the Week after recording 21 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in a win at Southern Cal. He scored five points in the last 45 seconds to lead the Bulldogs to the four-point road victory.
BOYNTON, WALKER CANDIDATES FOR BOB COUSY AWARD: The Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Boynton and senior point guard Erving Walker have been named to the candidates list for the 2012 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.
Walker is averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Walker has moved into 12th place all time on the Florida scoring list with 1,471 points. He is 34 away from 11th-place Anthony Roberson. Walker needs seven 3-pointers to move past Greg Stolt (243) into fourth place all-time at Florida and 24 assists to move past Nick Calathes (452) into third in school history. Walker has knocked down more 3-pointers than any active player in the SEC.
GATORS MOVE UP IN POLLS: Florida’s win over the Aggies moved the Gators up two notches in the Associated Press poll to #11 and one spot in the ESPN/USAToday Coaches Poll to #12 in the latest rankings released Monday afternoon. The Gators were ranked #13 last week and have been ranked as high as #8 nationally this season.
GATORS IN THE NCAA: The Gators continue to rank #3 nationally in scoring at 86.5 per game and rank #1 in 3-pointers per game at 11.3. Florida is #12 in assists per game (17.8) and #10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.52-1).