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Turner Earns SEC Player of the Week Honors

January 14, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A day after garnering National Player of the Week honors, Texas A&M men's basketball senior Elston Turner was named SEC Player of the Week on Monday by the league office.

Turner scored an impressive 40 points on Saturday during an upset win at Kentucky to become just the third opponent to score 40 against the Wildcats inside historic Rupp Arena. He joined Chris Jackson of LSU, who scored 41 points against UK on Feb. 15, 1990, and David Robinson of Navy, who holds the record with 45 points at Rupp Arena on Jan. 25, 1985.

The performance also marked the first time an Aggie has reached the 40-point plateau since Don Marbury accomplished the feat against Baylor on Jan. 5, 1985.

The Sacramento, Calif., native was on fire right out of the gate against the Wildcats, scoring 25 points in the opening period before finishing the game 14-of-19 from the field with a 6-of-10 mark from 3-point range.

Earlier in the week, Turner helped Texas A&M earn a historic first victory in the SEC as he tallied 15 points on Wednesday in a 69-51 win over Arkansas in College Station.

The Aggies (12-3, 2-0 SEC) return to the court Thursday night when they host No. 11/9 Florida at Reed Arena. The contest is slated for a 6 p.m. tip-off and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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