UCR basketball player honored

UC Riverside sophomore Kyle Austin (Pasadena, CA/USC/Pasadena HS) made his initial two appearances in a Highlander uniform pay immediate dividends as he earned Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.  
   
Austin led the Highlanders to victories over Loyola Marymount and Montana after sitting out the past year due to NCAA transfer rules.  He averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 45.5% (15 of 33) from the field and a perfect 6 of 6 at the foul line.  
   
In his first action of the season, Austin scored 20 points and added seven rebounds in a 59-52 win at Loyola Marymount.  He made 8 of 15 shots in 27 minutes of action.  Austin became only the second player in UCR’s Division I history to begin his career with a 20-point scoring effort, the other being Nate Carter (24 points at USC on November 22, 2002).
   
Austin helped the Highlanders extend their home court winning streak to six games as his 18 points and five rebounds were key to the 58-53 victory over Montana.  He played 32 minutes in that game, hitting all four of his free throw attempts.
   
UC Riverside owns a school Division I record-best 7-2 start to the season.