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Pacific guard earns NWCs weekly honor

Pacific junior Colin Wester has led the Boxers to their best start in 15 years

An impressive shooting effort over the first week of the holiday break has earned Pacific guard Colin Wester selection as the Northwest Conference Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week.

The NWC's third-leading scorer, averaging 16.8 points per game, Wester was the Boxers' offensive spark plug for their three victories over the last 10 days. He has helped lead Pacific to a 7-3 record, the team's best start since the 1996-97 conference championship team.

Wester, a 6-foot-2 junior shooting guard from Sherwood High School, opened the four-game swing with a 26-point effort in the Boxers' first road game of the season, a 63-61 victory at Walla Walla.

He returned home last Monday to post his second best individual scoring effort in a Pacific uniform, pouring in 33 points en route to an 81-71 win over New Hope Christian. In 32 minutes of action, Wester went 11 of 18 from the field and sank three three-pointers to go along with nine rebounds, an assist and three steals.

On the Boxers' recent two-game road trip to Texas, Wester had his best game in a 76-55 win over Southwestern at the Trinity National Invitational on Wednesday. In that game, Wester finished with 13 points and five rebounds. He was Pacific's leading rebounder the next day in a 70-50 loss to host Trinity.

For the four-game stretch, Wester finished averaging 18 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, connected on 54 percent of his shots (26-for-48), including eight three-pointers, and 71 percent of his free throws (12-for-17). He added seven assists, a block and nine steals.

Wester enters the Christmas break as the Boxers' go-to guy in clutch situations and one of the top scorers in the conference. In addition to ranking third in the NWC in scoring, Wester is ranked eighth in field goal percentage (.518) and three-point percentage (.417), and 10th in free throw percentage (.744).

Additionally, Wester ranks second in the league in steals (21), seventh in assists (25) and 12th in rebounding average (5.2 per game).

Normally awarded each Tuesday during the season, the voting for the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week awards was staggered to last Friday due to the holidays. The next NWC Student-Athlete of the Week will be voted on and announced on Jan. 2.

Wester and the rest of the Pacific men's basketball team will take a break for Christmas before returning to the floor Thursday, when they travel south to Eugene for a rematch with New Hope Christian.