OU’s Benson named Summit League Player of the Week
Oakland senior Keith Benson has been named the Summit League Player of the Week, the first such honor this season for the reigning conference player of the year.
Benson (Birmingham Detroit Country Day) averaged 22 points per game, 14 rebounds per game and 4.7 blocked shots per game as Oakland won the Chicago Invitational Challenge upper-division championship last week.
Benson earns player of the week honors for the seventh time in his career. He pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds against Austin Peay on Saturday and tallied 22 points for his fourth double-double this season. He dished out a career-high seven assists and blocked six shots against APSU.
Against Southern on Friday, Benson posted 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 105-53 rout over the Jaguars. He added a game-high 25 points at Wright State on Tuesday to go along with his seven rebounds and six blocked shots.
Benson’s 22 rebounds against APSU was the fifth most in Summit League history, last done by Oral Roberts’ Caleb Green against Southern Utah on Feb. 28, 2004. His 17 defensive rebound was a new school record and the 22 boards ranks as the most-ever in Oakland’s Division I era.