NEW ORLEANS - For the third straight week, Troy’s Brandon Hazzard is the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, according to a vote by the league’s 13 member institutions. Hazzard picks up the award after leading the Trojans to a pair of victories over East Division leader Western Kentucky University and Middle Tennessee last week, helping to extend Troy’s win streak to 10 games – the sixth longest in the nation. Hazzard’s third-consecutive citation marks the first time in league history a men’s basketball player has earned the award three-straight weeks.
Against Middle Tennessee, Hazzard registered 21 points, shooting 44 percent (4-9) from the field, 50 percent (3-6) from long distance and 83 percent (10-12) at the line. He also added three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Against WKU, Hazzard scored a career and game-high 35 points – including 19 in the second half – to help Troy knock off the East leading Hilltoppers and gain possession of the top spot in the division. The Atlanta native shot a stunning 71 percent (10-14) from the field and shot 75 percent (6-8) from three-point range, while adding one rebound and one assist.
Hazzard continues to pace the Trojans this season, averaging 16.2 points a game – 21.6 during the Trojans’ win stretch – shooting 48 percent from the floor, 45 percent on three-pointers and 78 percent at the line. He has notched double-figures in 14-straight games, including two 30-point performances.
The Trojans are in action next on Thursday when they travel to Miami, Fla. for a rematch with FIU, a team Troy defeated 69-62 earlier this season at Trojan Arena.