Dec. 11, 2006
Junior guard Chris Lofton was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week following a career-best 34-point performance in Tennessee's win over No. 16 Memphis. It is the second time this season he has earned the award and fifth time in his career.
He first took home the honor this season on Nov. 20 after scoring 30 points in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Tennessee's 78-71 win against Fordham. He followed with 17 against UNC Wilmington the next night and 19 points against Coppin State.
Lofton ties Dyron Nix (1986-89) as the only other Vols player to earn the honor five times in a career. Allan Houston (1989-93) won the award four times in his career.
With less than a minute left in the first half, Lofton's 21 points were more than the Memphis Tigers' 20 points.
In addition, he moved into second-place on Tennessee's career 3-pointers made list with 243, making five or more triples for the fourth time on the season.
The Maysville, Ky., native has scored 30 or more points three times this season and in the last three games is shooting 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from 3-point range.
Lofton leads the Vols with his 53.9 field goal percentage and 49.3
three-point percentage while averaging 20.3 points per game.