CSU’s Saah Nimley named Big South basketball player of week

Charleston Southern senior Saah Nimley is the Big South Conference basketball player of the week. AP Photo/File

Charleston Southern senior point guard Saah Nimley has been named the Big South Conference men’s basketball player of the week, the league office announced Monday.

Nimley averaged 29.5 points in the Bucs’ two victories last week while shooting 48 percent from the field and 57 percent (12-of-21) from three-point range. He also hit 15 of 18 free throws, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists.

Nimley went over the 30-point mark for the sixth time of the conference season in CSU’s 75-49 rout of Presbyterian. He matched a CSU single-game program record with eight threes and knocked down six in the second half while tallying 25 of his 34 points after intermission. He was back it again in CSU’s impressive 86-57 win at Campbell on Saturday, scoring 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.

Nimley has now scored 20 or more points 14 times this season, and 37 times in his career. He stands third on CSU’s all-time scoring list (1,765 points) and is seven assists from passing Ed O’Neil as the program’s all-time leader. He currently ranks fifth nationally in three-pointers per game, and sixth in scoring.