After 36-Point Performance, Clanton Earns C-USA Honor

Jan. 14, 2013

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - After an incredible offensive performance at East Carolina, Keith Clanton of the UCF men's basketball team was selected as the Conference USA Player of the Week Monday. The senior scored a career-high 36 points Saturday against the Pirates to earn his second player of the week honor of the year and fifth of his career.

The Knights opened Conference USA play last week and Clanton averaged 24.0 points, 10.5 boards and 3.5 blocks while shooting 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the field in two contests.

The Orlando native shot 15-of-19 overall against the Pirates. His 36 points were the most scored by a UCF player since 2009. Clanton began the week by filling up the box score in UCF's win over UAB. He totaled 13 rebounds, 12 points and five blocks against the Blazers.

"This is a well-deserved honor for Keith," UCF head coach Donnie Jones said. "I was very proud of Keith at East Carolina. He was aggressive and we really looked to establish him offensively."

On the season, Clanton leads C-USA in scoring at 17.8 points per game and also paces the league in field-goal percentage (63.4) and is second in rebounds per game (9.8). The C-USA Player of the Year candidate has scored in double figures in 15 of 16 contests.

UCF returns to action Saturday at Houston. The squad's next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 23 versus Rice.