Missouri's Marcus Denmon named Big 12 Player of the Week

Monday, February 6, 2012 | 11:49 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Marcus Denmon was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 74-71 win over Kansas on Saturday with 29 points and nine rebounds.

With just over two minutes left in the game, Missouri trailed by eight points. Over the next minute and 12 seconds, Denmon scored nine points, sparking an 11-0 Tigers run.

In his previous five games, Denmon had shot 29 percent from the field, making five of 28 attempted 3-pointers. 

"We talked to Marcus about coming in and doing some extra stuff in the morning and coming back and staying after practice to work with coach," Missouri coach Frank Haith said after the game. "And he did both of those things."

The senior guard shook off his shooting slump, making more 3-pointers, six, against Kansas than he had in his previous five games combined. On Saturday, Denmon had a field-goal percentage of 62.5, 66 percent behind the 3-point arc.

This is the third time Denmon has received the Big 12 weekly honor, having earned the award twice last season. He is averaging 17.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season.

Denmon's 29 points on Saturday is the second-highest total of his career. His career-high 31 points came in early December against Northwestern State.

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