Spangler Wins Second Big 12 Honor

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma men's basketball player Ryan Spangler earned his second Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor, the conference office announced Monday.

Spangler, a transfer from Gonzaga, averaged 13.0 points and 11.7 rebounds in OU's three games last week, all wins. The forward shot .609 from the field and .769 (10-for-13) from the free throw line while adding four assists and four blocked shots. He shared the honor with Baylor junior guard Kenny Chery. Iowa State's Dustin Hogue was named Big 12 Player of the Week.

Spangler began the week with career highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 96-82 win over reigning Atlantic Sun Conference champion Mercer on Monday. Three days later he scored six points and pulled down nine boards in a 78-56 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. On Sunday in Washington, D.C., the 6-8, 232-pounder notched his fourth double-double of the year with 13 points and 13 rebounds while going 5-for-6 at the foul line in an 81-66 victory over George Mason.

On the year, Spangler, who was also named Co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 11, is averaging 11.2 points and ranks second in the Big 12 with his 9.3 rebounds per outing. His .661 field goal percentage would lead the league if he had enough makes to qualify in the category (must average 5.0 per game; he averages 4.6). He also ranks sixth in the league with his 1.6 blocks per contest.

From Tuttle, Okla., Spangler is tied for the Big 12 lead with four double-doubles. He has recorded three in the last four games.

Spangler and the 8-1 Sooners are back in action Saturday when they host Tulsa at 4 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center. Tickets are available for as little as $10.