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Boyce is Mid-South Player of the Week


Deon Boyce, a UVa-Wise junior, is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The conference weekly award is Boyce's first of the season and of his career.

Boyce averaged a double-double while helping the Cavaliers to a pair of conference wins last week.

The Jacksonville, N.C. forward scored 22 points and grabbed 24 rebounds -- his second straight 24-rebound performance -- in the Cavs' 81-80 double overtime win over Cumberland. Boyce made 9-of-19 shots from the field while playing 47 of the 50 minutes.

Boyce's two 24-rebound games are the most rebounds in a single game in the Mid-South and second highest in the NAIA this season.

On Saturday, Boyce scored four points while securing a game-high 23 rebounds as UVa-Wise upset No. 1-ranked Cumberlands by 69-54. The win extends Wise's winning streak to a season-high five games.

Boyce concluded the week averaging 13 points, 23.5 rebounds and three assists per contest.

Since Boyce's addition during the Christmas break, the Cavs are 3-0 -- all conference wins.

In his three games this season, Boyce is averaging 13.3 points and 23.7 rebounds per outing. He is shooting 44.7 percent from the field.

UVa-Wise improves to 9-5 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-South Conference. The Cavs will put its five game winning streak on the line on Thursday when Georgetown College visits the Prior Center for an 8 p.m. game.