Daniel Barnes Named Horizon League Player of the Week
Dec. 17, 2012
CHICAGO - After leading the UIC men's basketball team to its eighth-straight win last Saturday, senior guard Daniel Barneswas named the Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week. League officials made the announcement from their Indianapolis-based headquarters Monday afternoon.
Barnes, who appeared in 12 games for Eastern Michigan during the 2008-09 campaign, exploded for 30 points in UIC's convincing 74-48 win over the Eagles. The Oak Park, Ill., native busted EMU's 2-3 zone with a career-high 10 field goals, including a career-best six three-pointers. He scored 15 points in both the first and second halves. Barnes became the first UIC player to score 30 or more points in a single game since Jeremy Buttellat Youngstown State on Jan. 7, 2010, a span of 86 games.
"The maturation of Daniel Barnes showed up in the stats on Saturday (against Eastern Michigan)," said head coach Howard Moore. "He's made a lot of sacrifices for his team this year, particularly on the defensive end. I really believe Danny's improved defense has helped his offense. His approach continues to be a key for our team, and he's having a very solid senior year."
Barnes has scored in double figures in each of the past seven games, and is averaging 14.6 points and 3.9 rebounds during that stretch. Tied for the Flames' team lead in scoring (13.0 ppg), Barnes enters Tuesday's game at Western Illinois with 97 career three-pointers.