December 16, 2008

Gordon Hayward Named Horizon League Player of the Week

Butler freshman Gordon Hayward has been named Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the period of Dec. 8-14. The 6-8 forward helped the Bulldogs to a road victory at Bradley and a near-upset of #21 Ohio State.

Hayward averaged 22.5 point, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Butler's two games last week. He shot 58% (15 for 26) from the field, including a torrid 60% (12 for 20) from beyond the three-point arc, in the two outings.

Hayward shared Butler's scoring lead with 20 points at Bradley, while helping the Bulldogs to an 87-75 victory. He hit five of nine three-point field goal attempts in the game, while adding six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 31 minutes of action. It was the first 20-point scoring performance of his young career.

Three days later, Hayward picked up his second consecutive 20-point effort. He led all players with a career-high 25 points in Butler's 54-51 setback at Ohio State. He nailed a career-best seven of 11 shots from beyond the three-point arc, while adding seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in a career-best 38 minutes. The first-year player scored nearly half of Butler's points against the nationally-ranked Buckeyes!

Hayward leads all Horizon League freshmen in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (5.9 rpg), steals (1.6 spg), field goal shooting (.520), three-point field goal percentage (.511) and three-point field goals made per game (2.6).

Butler (8-1) will take a week off for final exams before returning to the court to host Florida Gulf Coast in a non-league game on Saturday, Dec. 20. That contest is slated for 2 p.m. (ET) at Hinkle Fieldhouse.