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.
The team, led by JPL’s Son Nghiem, studied trends in Arctic perennial ice cover by combining data from NASA’s Quick Scatterometer satellite with a computing model based on observations of sea ice drift from the International Arctic Buoy Programme. The satellite can map different classes of sea ice, including older, thicker perennial ice and younger, thinner seasonal ice. The scientists said they observed less perennial ice cover in March of this year than ever before, with the thick ice confined to the Arctic Ocean north of Canada. Nghiem said the decline in winter ice the past two years was caused by unusual winds. “The winds causing this trend in ice reduction were set up by an unusual pattern of atmospheric pressure that began at the beginning of this century,” the scientist said. By City News Service A team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena found a 23 percent loss in the extent of the Arctic’s thick, year-round ice cover during the past two winters, according to a study released Monday. The reduction of winter sea ice is the primary cause of this summer’s fastest-ever sea ice retreat on record and subsequent smallest-ever extent of total Arctic coverage, according to the scientists. Between the Arctic winters of 2005 and 2007, the perennial ice shrunk by an area the size of Texas and California combined. The severe loss continues a trend of rapid decreases in perennial ice extent in this decade, according to the study to be published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!