Kreps Collects MVP Honors, Carter Named to Sub-Regional All-Tourney Team|
Nov. 21, 2010
TOLEDO, Ohio - UIC's senior tandem of Robo Kreps and Paul Carter wrapped up an outstanding weekend of basketball by collecting some hardware on the way out of town. The 2K Sports Committee announced Sunday afternoon that Kreps was named the Toledo Subregional Most Valuable Player, while Carter was also named to the five-member All-Tournament team.
Kreps averaged 24.3 points per game on an impressive 60 percent (.595) clip from the field - he also dished out a total of 11 assists (3.7 apg), ripped down 5.0 rebounds per contest and shot 90.5 percent (19-21) from the free throw line. Carter averaged 18.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on a 46 percent (.458) effort from the floor.
The Flames went 2-1 in the subregional, topping Toledo (57-51) on Friday, and defeating 2010 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) "Final Four" participant Rhode Island, 74-68, Sunday afternoon. UIC fell to the College of Charleston, 78-66, on Saturday.
"I kept asking Robo if he was OK to stay in the game today, because he logged a lot of minutes this weekend," said UIC head coach Howard Moore. "He kept saying, `Coach, I'm fine, don't worry about me.' That's the type of leader he is. The bottom line is that Robo wants to be great. He's a tremendous kid, and he did some pretty special things to help his team enjoy some success this weekend. I'm really proud of him."
"Paul was great this weekend," Moore said. "I challenge him every single day in practice, and he's responded. Nothing has been easy, but the biggest thing with Paul is that he is starting to accept the role that we need him to play. That's being a leader, a defensive presence, a rebounder and a defender. He's becoming a big piece for us, and is on track to have a great year."
Against the Rockets, Kreps scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting, pulled down four rebounds and had two assists in 38 minutes of action. The next day against Charleston, he poured in a game-high 26 points (8-12), including four three-pointers, dished out four assists, corralled three rebounds and swiped two steals.
In Sunday's victory over the Rams, Kreps again eclipsed his season-high with 27 points, pulled down a season-best eight rebounds, and had five assists and two steals. In the regional, he played 117 of the total 120 minutes.
Carter also recorded three double-digit scoring outputs on the weekend. Against Toledo, he scored 14 points, corralled four rebounds and tallied two steals. In Saturday's contest against Charleston, Carter tallied his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and had two steals with one block.
In today's win over the Rams, Carter poured in 24 points, 22 in the second half, and pulled down six rebounds in 38 minutes.
Kreps has 100 points (20.0 ppg) through five games, is shooting nearly 53 percent (.526) from the field, and is also averaging 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Carter is averaging 17.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest, while shooting 43.4 percent from the field.
Other members of the All-Tournament team included Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston), Hayden Humes (Toledo) and Delroy James (Rhode Island).