DENVER – For the second time in the last four weeks, the distinction of top freshman in the Western Athletic Conference belongs to Noah McDavid.
The 6-5 guard was named the TicketSmarter WAC Freshman of the Week for Jan. 24-30 after helping Tarleton notch consecutive road victories over Lamar and UTRGV.
McDavid started in both contests and averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He also connected on 5-12 attempts from long range.
Three of his makes from behind the arc came in the Texans’ 62-57 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday as a part of an 11-point, four-rebound and three-assist performance. McDavid played the full 40 minutes in the victory.
McDavid’s points vs. UTRGV came at key junctures of the Texans’ 79-64 victory on Saturday. He connected on his first of two 3-pointers with 13:33 remaining in the first half to give Tarleton its first double-digit lead of the evening at 17-7 and force the Vaqueros to burn a timeout. McDavid then scored five straight points behind a pair of free throws and 3-pointer from the right key to increase the Texans’ edge to 72-53 with 4:40 remaining and effectively ice the game.
He is the first athlete in Tarleton basketball history to receive multiple sets of WAC weekly accolades.
McDavid has started each of Tarleton’s 10 conference games.
Tarleton (10-13, 5-5 WAC) now sits in pole position to move up the WAC standings as conference play hits its stretch run. Five of the Texans’ next six games are at home, beginning with a 7 p.m. tilt vs. Chicago State on Saturday that kicks off a three-game homestand. The Texans are 7-3 at home this season.