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Williford Earns Second OVC Award

Williford Earns Second OVC Award

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – For the second time this season, SIUE junior Tyresse Williford (Chicago) has earned recognition as the Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball Newcomer of the Week.

Williford recorded back-to-back games of 20-plus points (now seven this year) on his way to leading SIUE to a sweep of Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky.

He scored 23 points Thursday to help SIUE erase a 16-point deficit on its way to an 83-76 win over MSU. He was 10-12 from the free throw line including 4-4 in the game's final 18 seconds to seal the victory.

Saturday, Williford helped SIUE withstand a comeback from EKU, scoring 27 points and was 10-14 from the free throw line as the Cougars defeated Eastern Kentucky 88-82 in double overtime. He was 5 for 6 from the line in the two overtime periods. He opened the second overtime period with a layup and SIUE never trailed in the final period.

The award is the second of the year for the transfer from Wabash Valley. Williford was the OVC co-Newcomer of the Week Jan. 21.

SIUE continues OVC play on the road with games at Austin Peay Thursday and Murray State Saturday.

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