Jan. 27, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Jason Gardner was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 20-26, the league announced Monday.
Gardner, a 5-foot-10 senior guard from Indianapolis, Ind., led Arizona to victories over Arizona State and No. 6 Kansas last week by averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals. The senior opened the week by scoring a game-high 19 points to go with seven boards, four assists and a season-high four steals in a 71-63 win over instate rival Arizona State. 13 of his points and five rebounds came in the second half, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 3:00. He followed that up with his third 20-point effort of the year in a 91-74 come-from-behind win at No. 6 Kansas. In playing all 40 minutes, Gardner tallied 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals as the Wildcats erased a 20-point first half deficit and snapped Kansas' 25-game homecourt win streak.
On the year, Gardner is averaging a team-best 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists. It is the second time this season Gardner has been so honored and the third time in his career. It is also the 57th all-time for the Wildcats.
Arizona is next in action on Thursday, Jan. 30, as the top-ranked Wildcats host Stanford. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on Fox Sports Net Arizona.