December 14, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance in the Cougars' 70-69 win against Brigham Young Tuesday night in Pullman.
Thomas scored 17 of his team-high 22 points in the second half in WSU's only game of the week. He converted three of his final four free throw attempts, including the game-winner with :09 remaining. On the night, Thomas shot six-of-10 from the field, five-of-eight from three-point range and five-of-six at the free throw line. It was the first time this season WSU won after trailing at the half (34-31) and marked the Cougars' third straight victory. After opening the season 1-4, WSU is now back to .500 at 4-4.
Thomas, a native of Inglewood, Calif., is currently leading the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage, having connected on 27 of 54 attempts (.500). It is the first career award for Thomas and the first Pac-10 player of the week award for WSU since Mark Hendrickson was honored on January 23, 1995. It is the Cougars' 13th all-time player of the week award.
WSU plays at Idaho Sunday evening at 5:07 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome.