SMSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: SMSU’s Kirk named NSIC South Division Player of the Week

BURNSVILLE – Southwest Minnesota State University senior center Carter Kirk was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division Player of the Week on Tuesday following SMSU’s two home games this past weekend.

Kirk, a 6-foot-8, 242-pound native Mountain Lake, averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds, including recording a pair of double-doubles, while shooting 70 percent (16 of 23) from the field.

Kirk scored a team-high 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 12 rebounds and two assists in SMSU’s 89-78 loss to Augustana University on Saturday night.

On Sunday night, in an 86-65 win over Wayne State, Kirk scored a career-high 23 points with a career-high 18 rebounds for his team-leading fifth double-double of the season. He made 9 of 14 field goals and also connected on five free throws. Kirk also reached the 1,000 career points mark during the game, becoming the 23rd player in team history to reach the milestone.

For the season, Kirk is averaging 13.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.3 percent (77 of 132) from the field. He has scored in double figures 10 times this season, including three 20-point scoring games. He also has recorded seven or more rebounds in 13 of 14 games.

Kirk, a 2014 graduate of Mountain Lake High School, has scored 1,018 career points in 104 games. He ranks first in team history shooting 57.9 percent from the field and is eighth with 680 rebounds.

Southwest Minnesota State (10-4 NSIC, 6-2 NSIC) resumes play on Friday night at Winona State starting at 8 p.m. SMSU closes the weekend on Saturday playing at Upper Iowa with tip-off slated for 6 p.m.

Content courtesy of SMSU Athletic Communications