Powell named SEC Freshman of the Week

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Courtesy of Cody Voga/AU Athletics

Auburn guard Justin Powell has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday. He is the first Tiger to garner recognition from the conference this season.

Powell had his second consecutive 26-point performance, which matched a career high, in Auburn’s 74-71 win vs. Memphis Saturday. He went 9 of 13 from the floor, including 4 of 6 from deep, in the victory.

The Prospect, Kentucky, native scored the Tigers’ first 11 points of the game and then had 15 of Auburn’s 37 second-half points to lead a come-from-behind win in which the Tigers trailed by as many as eight.

Powell became one of two freshman guards in the country to have an outing of 26 points and eight rebounds this season, joining Jaron Pierre of Southern Miss.

He is the only freshman in America to average 16 points, six rebounds and three assists per game.

Powell and the Tigers hosted Texas Southern on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT inside Auburn Arena. Results were not available at press.

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