Vanderbilt's Freije Named SEC Player of the Week 2/3/03
Tenn. - Vanderbilt's Matt Freije has been selected as the
SEC Player of the Week after leading the Commodores to wins
over No. 15 Georgia and Ole Miss this past week.
Freije scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds
in Vanderbilt's 94-91 win over Georgia Wednesday at Memorial
Gym. In doing so, he became the first Commodore to reach the
30-point mark since Dan Langhi scored 31 points March 1, 2000
versus Georgia. It also was the eighth time in his career
he has missed a double-double by just one rebound.
The junior forward followed his Georgia performance by leading
Vanderbilt to a 76-68 home victory over Ole Miss Saturday
night. Freije scored a team-high 20 points, pulled down five
rebounds and pocketed a career-high five steals. He also was
6-of-6 from the free-throw line against the Rebels.
For the season, Freije leads the team in scoring (17.7 ppg)
and three-point field goal percentage (.396) and is second
on the squad in rebounding (4.9 rpg). He has led the team
in scoring in 13-of-18 games this season and has been the
game-high scorer in eight games. In seven games vs. Top-25
teams this season, Freije is averaging 20.7 points and 6.0
Freije also is beginning to make his mark on the Vanderbilt
record book. He is now 29th on the school's career scoring
list with 1,083 points and his 45 career blocks leaves him
just three blocks short of breaking into Vanderbilt Top-10
This marks the second Southeastern Conference Player of the
Week honor for Freije. He was tabbed SEC Player of the Week
last season on January 21, 2002 after scoring a then-career-high
29 points versus Auburn and helping Vanderbilt to a road victory
at South Carolina. This also marks the ninth time a Vanderbilt
player has received this honor since the 1993-94 season.
Freije and the rest of the Commodores look to make it three
straight wins when they travel to Starkville, Miss., Wednesday
night to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Tipoff is
scheduled for 7 p.m. Central.