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Big Ten honors for Naperville's Crawford

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  • Northwestern guard Drew Crawford, left, earned Player of the Week honors in the Big Ten for leading the Wildcats to impressive road wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota last week. Crawford, a Naperville Central grad, had 30 points against the Badgers and 17 points against Minnesota.

    Northwestern guard Drew Crawford, left, earned Player of the Week honors in the Big Ten for leading the Wildcats to impressive road wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota last week. Crawford, a Naperville Central grad, had 30 points against the Badgers and 17 points against Minnesota.
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By Daily Herald News Services

After helping to lead Northwestern to road wins against No. 14/13 Wisconsin and Minnesota, fifth-year senior Drew Crawford has been named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, conference officials announced Monday.

Crawford, a Naperville native, averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in NU's victories over the Badgers and Gophers. Crawford shot a combined 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the field in the two games and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the 3-point line.

Crawford played all 40 minutes against Wisconsin and poured in a season-high 30 points, adding 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and a steal in Northwestern's victory at the Kohl Center on Wednesday. It was third time in his career that Crawford contributed 30-or-more points in a game for the 'Cats.

He followed up that performance with a game-high 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in Northwestern's one-point victory in Minneapolis.

This is the third weekly honor from the Big Ten that Crawford has received.

D.J. Newbill, a junior guard for Penn State, earned co-honors as he averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in Penn State's victories over No. 24/23 Ohio State and Purdue.

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