UCR’s Cunningham honored by Big West

The Big West Conference announced Monday that UC Riverside senior guard Larry Cunningham has been named Big West Player of the Week for his performances last week. Cunningham became UCR’s all-time leading scorer with his 31-point effort against Hawaii on Saturday and had a team-high 21 points in the win over UC Irvine on Wednesday.

Cunningham (Downey, CA/ Downey HS) passed Howard Lee with his first of two free-throw makes at the 1:10 mark of the second half of UCR’s ESPNU BracketBuster game with Hawaii to move into first place on the all-time scoring list.

He now has 1,390 career points and picks up his second career Player of the Week award after shooting 16 of 28 (57.1%) from the floor and finishing 17 of 19 (87.5%) from the free-throw line during the week. Cunningham averaged 26.0 PPG in the team’s two wins as the Highlanders continue to move closer to earning a spot in the Big West postseason tournament.

The Highlanders return to action this Thursday, traveling to face Cal Poly at 7:30 p.m.