MELBOURNE, FL - After leading Florida Southern College men's basketball to a pair of wins, including a massive upset of No. 5 Nova Southeastern, junior guard Brett Hanson has been named as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week, the SSC office announced on Monday. Hanson averaged 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game as the Moccasins defeated Tampa (88-71) and Nova Southeastern (87-82) to improve to 16-4 overall and 9-3 in conference play.
Hanson's signature performance of the season came in Saturday's upset of NSU when he went off for 25 points and 18 rebounds to hand the Sharks just their second loss overall and their first road loss of the season. He went 8-of-15 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line against Nova Southeastern. Hanson's 18 rebounds marked the most for any Moccasin in a single game since he grabbed a career-best 20 against Embry-Riddle as a freshman (2/11/17).
Hanson also shined on the defensive end of the floor against the Sharks by helping hold NSU to 82 points, its second-lowest total of the season, and limiting David Dennis to just nine points. Dennis, last year's SSC Newcomer of the Year, was averaging better than 15 points per game entering the contest. The win over NSU marked the highest-ranked opponent that Florida Southern has defeated since taking down No. 3 Bellarmine in the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship.
In last Wednesday's win over Tampa, Hanson had 11 points and six rebounds. He has scored in double figures 16 times this season, including 20 performances with at least 20 points. He also added five assists, three steals, and one block to his stat line for the week. Hanson currently ranks 17th in program history in career scoring (1,295) and needs just 122 more points to move into the top 10.
Florida Southern returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Florida Tech at 7:30 p.m., and closes out the week with a road game at Embry-Riddle (Feb. 9).