Rivers Named Rookie Of The Week

Austin Rivers

Freshman guard receives conference honor for a seventh time this season.

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke freshman Austin Rivers was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the fourth consecutive week after leading the Blue Devils to a buzzer-beating 85-84 win at No. 5 North Carolina and a 73-55 win over Maryland at home last week.

The ACC Rookie of the Week award is Rivers' ACC-leading seventh of the year, breaking the Duke record of six held by Luol Deng. Rivers' seven total selections are the third most in ACC history, and his streak of four consecutive awards tie three other players for the longest such streak in conference history. The only other players to win the award four straight times are North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough (twice in 2005-06) and Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson (1989-90) and Dion Glover (1997-98).

A 6-4 guard from Winter Park, Fla. (Winter Park), Rivers averaged 20.0 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in Duke's two victories while scoring in double figures each game. He shot 56.3 percent from three-point range, hitting 9-of-16 shots from beyond the arc. The two victories vaulted Duke back to the top of the ACC standings where the Blue Devils are locked into a three-way tie with North Carolina and Florida State.

In the first Tobacco Road showdown of the season, Rivers scored a career-high 29 points against North Carolina and set a record for the most points by a freshman in the epic series. Rivers hit 6-of-10 three-pointers - also a school record for the most treys in a Duke-North Carolina game - and sank the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer over the outstretched hand of North Carolina's 7-0 center Tyler Zeller. The victory ended the Tar Heels' 39-game home court winning streak in the Dean Smith Center.

Against Maryland, Rivers scored 11 points and dished out four assists for his team-leading 21st double-figure scoring game. Rivers leads all ACC freshmen in points per game, double-figure scoring games and 20-point games.

Averaging a team-high 15.0 points per game, Rivers will lead the Blue Devils into a pair of ACC matchups this week when Duke hosts NC State on Thursday, Feb. 16, and takes a trip to Boston College on Sunday, Feb. 19.

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