Iowa's Tate Named Big Ten Player of the Week

Feb. 25, 2008

IOWA CITY – – Iowa forward Cyrus Tate has been named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for his efforts in Iowa’s two games last week. Iowa defeated Northwestern 53-51 in Iowa City and dropped a 66-52 decision at 17th-ranked Michigan State.

Tate scored a career high 26 points in the loss at Michigan State, making 10-13 field goal attempts and 6-7 free throws. He also led Iowa with nine rebounds. Tate recorded the third scoring and rebounding double-double of his career in the win over Northwestern, collecting 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tate hit 7-9 field goal attempts and 4-8 free throws against the Wildcats, while also matching a career-best with three steals. Tate scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as Iowa rallied from a 14-point deficit for the win.

“This is a deserving honor for Cyrus,” said Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter. “He is working hard and competes very well. He plays to his strengths and has made steady progress throughout the season.”

Tate is averaging 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in all games, shooting 68.6% from the field. In league games, Tate is averaging 10.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. He leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.724) for league games only and is third in rebounds.

Tate (6-8, 240), is a junior who is in his second year at Iowa after attending Northeast (Neb.) Community College for one season. He is a native of Chicago, where he attended Homewood-Flosmoor High School. This is the first Player of the Week honor for Tate and the first for an Iowa player this season.

The Hawkeyes return to action Wednesday at Penn State (6:05 p.m. CT, BTN) and host Illinois Saturday (5:05 p.m., BTN) in their final home game of the season.

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