VU's Fuller, Bright sweep Southeastern Conference weekly hoops awards

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:18pm
Staff reports

It was readily apparent that Kyle Fuller had the best game of his career in Vanderbilt’s overtime victory last Thursday against Xavier.

Monday, the Southeastern Conference, determined it was the best individual performance by any player in the conference last week.

Fuller was named the SEC Player of the Week, and Kevin Bright was named the Freshman of the Week as the Commodores swept the weekly awards for the first time since Jan. 7, 2008. The last two to do it were Shan Foster (Player of the Week) and A.J. Ogilvy (Freshman of the Week).

Fuller, a junior guard, scored a career-high 25 points, including 12 in overtime, as Vanderbilt overcame a 17-point deficit and won 66-64 at Xavier. In addition to his point total, his eight field goals, seven made free throws and three steals also were career-highs.

Bright finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double. He had 12 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to Villanova on Dec. 1.

The last Vanderbilt player with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive games was Festus Ezeli (Jan. 19 and 22, 2012). The last freshman to do it was Ogilvy.

Fuller is the Commodores’ second-leading scorer at 13.3 points per game, leads the team with three steals per game and is the only player to make more than 70 percent of his free throw attempts. Bright is Vanderbilt’s leading rebounder at 7.6 per game and is fourth in scoring at 7.4 points per game.

Vanderbilt’s next game is 7 p.m. Saturday against Alabama A&M.