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Spartanburg, S.C. – Western Carolina redshirt junior guard Mason Faulkner was today named the Southern Conference Player of the Week presented by Geico for contests played Nov. 12-18. The award is selected by the league office and is the first for Faulkner in his WCU career.

The Glasgow, Ky. native recorded the first triple-double in Western Carolina’s NCAA Division I era, which began in 1976-77 - and quite possibly the first in school history, according to research and available records in a win over North Carolina A&T on Nov. 12. Faulkner finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. All 10 of Faulkner’s rebounds in the game came on the defensive glass in the 90-64 win against the Aggies.

Faulkner followed his historic performance on Friday with a game-high 21 points in 79-74 setback at Florida State. He went 6-for-15 from the field and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line.

In three of WCU’s four games this season, Faulkner has finished with 20-plus points in three games and is currently second in the SoCon with 17.8 points per game. He also leads the league in assists with 6.8 per game.

Western Carolina resumes its three-game Sunshine State roadtrip on Thursday, traveling to Jacksonville for a 7 p.m. contest. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ (paid subscription required) with free live stats available on www.catamountsports.com.

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