Macon, Ga. – USC Upstate senior guard Ty Greene was selected as the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week following his performance against high-major foes Memphis and Mississippi State, it was announced by the conference office Monday.
Greene averaged 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds. 4.5 steals and 2.0 assists in leading Upstate to a 1-1 record last week en route to his second A-Sun Player of the Week honor of the season. Additionally, Upstate has featured the A-Sun Player of the Week for three consecutive weeks, as Greene earned the distinction Dec. 8 and Fred Miller won the award Dec. 15.
Greene opened the week with a game-high 25 points to go along with a career-high six steals Wednesday at Memphis for his fourth 20-point game of the season. The Knoxville, Tenn., native had steals on back-to-back plays midway through the second half that led to easy layups to pull Upstate within four points after trailing by double digits minutes prior.
In the second game of the week against Mississippi State, Greene poured in 12 points and had three steals to lead the Spartans to a 53-51 victory over the Bulldogs for the program’s second straight victory over an opponent from the Southeastern Conference. Upstate knocked off South Carolina last season behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from former Spartan standout Ricardo Glenn.
After Mississippi State had tied the game with a putback dunk with under a minute remaining, USC Upstate head coach Eddie Payne called timeout and drew up the final play. Greene executed the play perfectly when his jumper from the free throw line with 6.4 seconds left found the bottom of the net to give Upstate the victory.
“I just tried to play as hard as I could in both games,” Greene said. “My teammates did a great job of encouraging me and I give all the glory to God. In the Mississippi State game, we executed the play coach drew up and I was lucky enough to make the shot.”
Greene and Upstate return to the hardwood Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. when the Spartans welcome Montreat College to the Hodge Center.