Former Cav is C-USA Player of the Week

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 07:58 PM

East Carolina junior guard Akeem Richmond, a former standout at Southern Lee, was named the Conference USA Player-of-the-Week by a media panel representing the 12 member schools on Monday.

Richmond averaged 23 points and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 56 percent (14-of-25) from the three-point line in helping the Pirates to a pair of road wins last week. This is Richmond’s first career C-USA Player of the Week honor.

Richmond scored a career-high 29 points against SMU on Saturday, draining an ECU-record nine three-pointers. The nine treys were also a Moody Coliseum record, an SMU opponent record and tied the C-USA record for most three-pointers in a conference game. His performance from behind the arc marked the most threes in a game by a C-USA player this season and tied for the second-most three-pointers made off the bench by a Division I player this season.

Richmond outscored SMU alone, 15-3 over a 2:34 stretch in the second half, making five straight three-pointers. He scored 21 of ECU’s 23 points during a 6:30 stretch in the second half and went 7-of-10 behind the arc in the second half.

Richmond, a 6-foot guard, also led East Carolina to its first win at Tulsa, hitting the go-ahead basket with 5:01 remaining. He sank 5-of-11 threes against the Golden Hurricane.

He ranks fifth in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.451) and 15th in three-point field goals made per game (3.0). Richmond is averaging a league-best 3.5 three-pointers per game in conference games.

All as a reserve, Richmond is averaging 10.3 points per game in 17.0 minutes per game for the season.

The Pirates (16-10, 7-6) have three games left in their regular season, with next up being a road trip to Hattiesburg, Miss. to play Southern Mississippi Saturday night at 8 p.m., leading into the Conference USA Championships in Tulsa, Okla. March 13-16.