FRISCO, Texas – Lamar center Avery Sullivan is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Sullivan recorded double-doubles in back-to-back games this week, leading the Cardinals (4-2) to a 1-1 record in their Big Blue Nation Showcase games: a 74-68 win over Utah Valley on Thursday and an 81-56 loss to No. 9 Kentucky on Sunday. LU returns to action tonight with a road game against UAB in their final BBN Showcase matchup. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Avery Sullivan, Lamar – Jr. – C – Pflugerville, TexasThe junior center scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds at Utah Valley. Sullivan shot 7-for-11 from the field, dished out a pair of assists and swatted away three shots. Of his 14 boards, six came on offense and led to 11 second-chance points. The 6’8” big man continued to provide a dominant presence down low even against Kentucky, grabbing 13 rebounds to go with 11 points. He picked up another assist and recorded a steal against the Wildcats. Sullivan ranks second in the conference so far this season with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game. Honorable Mention: Chudier Bile, Northwestern State; Hayden Koval, Central Arkansas; Zach Nutall, Sam Houston State.