PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named St. John's guard Dwight Hardy and DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin the winners of the conference's weekly men's basketball honors for the week-ending Feb. 20.
Hardy wins BIG EAST Player of the Week honors for the second straight week. He averaged 23.5 points, 4.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds while leading the Red Storm to an 80-68 win at Marquette and a 60-59 victory over No. 4/4 Pittsburgh. Hardy scored 28 points in the win over Marquette and netted 19 against the Panthers, including the winning basket with 1.2 seconds left.
Melvin earns BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time this season after averaging 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Blue Demons. In a 79-76 win at Providence, he posted 20 points and six rebounds. Melvin followed that effort with 16 points and four boards in a 77-75 overtime loss to Villanova. He is the BIG EAST's top freshman scorer, averaging 14.2 ppg.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
DWIGHT HARDY, St. John's, G, Sr.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
CLEVELAND MELVIN, DePaul, F, Fr.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr.
Had 31 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in a 78-70 victory over Georgetown. He averaged 23.5 ppg in a 1-1 week.
Jeremiah Kelly, DePaul, G, Jr.
Posted consecutive career scoring highs in a 1-1 week. He scored 23 points in a 79-76 win at Providence and 25 points in a 77-75 overtime loss to Villanova. Shot 55 percent from 3-point range.
Chris Wright, Georgetown, G, Sr.
Averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. He shot 51.7 percent from the floor, 58.3 percent from 3-point range and made all eight free throw attempts.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr.
Averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a 2-0 week. Had 21 points and eight rebounds in an 84-80 overtime win over Rutgers.
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Sr.
Averaged 23.0 points in a 2-0 week. Scored a career-high 34 points in a 77-75 overtime win at DePaul. His 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation forced the extra period.