Cain named NCC Player of the Week after leading USD to 4-0 week

Cain named NCC Player of the Week after leading USD to 4-0 week
After a week in which The University of South Dakota men's basketball team played four games in five days, Tyler Cain has been named the NCC Player of the Week. The announcement was made Nov. 26 from the conference office in Sioux Falls.

This is the first time in his career that Cain (So., Rochester, MN) has been named player of the week. It is the second week in a row that the seventh-ranked Coyotes have had a player earn the league's weekly honor. Last week Mitch Begeman (Jr., Sioux Falls) was named NCC Co-Player of the Week after scoring 21 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the team's season opening win over Dana College.

In four USD wins last week, Cain averaged 8.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game. He had at least five blocked shots in all four games last week. In South Dakota's 104-89 win over Chadron State, Cain recorded 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. He had nine rebounds and five blocks in the 69-46 win over Truman State.


The 46 points allowed by USD is the lowest they have allowed an opponent to score since Dec. 28, 2006, when the team defeated Illinois Tech 98-38. Cain then set a new career high against Nebraska-Kearney as he blocked nine shots, scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in the 79-68 win.

His nine blocked shots also tied the school's single game record. Cain then capped off the weekend by scoring 11 points, grabbing six rebounds and blocking six shots in the 87-67 win over William Penn.

With his 26 blocked shots in four games this past week, Cain now has 30 on the season and is in fourth place on the USD career blocked shots list. He is also 34 blocks shy of the school's single-season record, which he set last season. Cain is leading the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and blocked shots (6.0 bpg) while averaging 9.4 points per game. He also leads the NCC in blocks by 4.2 blocks per game.

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