After making game-winner, ACU's Ricks named Southland Player of the Week
FRISCO, Texas —
Abilene Christian guard Payten Ricks is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
In a 73-72 win over McNeese, he poured in a game-high 19 points, including the game-winning three pointer with three seconds remaining. Ricks followed it up with a 22-point performance in a 75-72 victory over Southeastern Louisiana to secure the program’s first-ever win in Hammond and second-ever win against the Lions.
Ricks and the Wildcats (14-3, 3-1 Southland) return to Moody Coliseum to host Houston Baptist (5-9, 1-2 Southland) at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Northwestern State (7-10, 2-2 Southland) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Against McNeese, Ricks tied his single-game career highs with five made three-pointers and six assists, with his final one leading to a Jaren Lewis layup that halted a four-point run and put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.
On Saturday, Ricks played a vital role in improving the Wildcats’ road mark to 5-3, converting all four attempts from beyond the arc, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds to play. His 22 points were the second-most in a game in his career.
This is Ricks’ first Southland Conference Player of the Week award, joining teammate Jaren Lewis, who claimed two of the first three honors of the 2018-19 season.
Courtesy ACU Athletics