Charleston Southern junior guard Saah Nimley has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Basketball Player of the Week for leading the Bucs to a 2-0 start on the season's opening weekend.
Nimley tallied 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists to help CSU hold off Delaware, 95-93, on Sunday. The Bucs' point guard orchestrated a scintillating first half offensive effort that saw them shoot 67.6 percent from the field while connecting on 10-of-16 attempts from three-point range. Nimley hit a tough step back jumper to give CSU a six-point lead with 1:06 remaining, and it proved to be enough to send the Bucs to 2-0.
He was excellent in the season opener against Johnson as well, scoring 13 points and recording seven assists in the 130-51 win. Nimley played only 13 minutes – all in the first half – against Johnson, as the Bucs shot 83 percent from the floor in the opening stanza to build a 77-29 halftime lead. For the week, the Lawrenceville, Ga. native averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from three-point range.
The distinction marks the second time Nimley has earned recognition as Big South Player of the Week. He was named Big South Freshman of the Week twice during his rookie season of 2011-12.
VMI freshman guard QJ Peterson was named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week after helping the Keydets win the All-Military Classic with triumphs over The Citadel and Air Force. Peterson averaged 22.0 points and 4.0 steals over the weekend.
CSU returns home to the Buc Dome on Wednesday night for a matchup with UNC Wilmington. Tipoff between the Bucs and Seahawks is slated for 7:30 p.m.