Jan. 16, 2018
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Chandler Hutchison received another prestigious accolade Tuesday, as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced the 6-7 senior guard as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 14. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Mountain West Player of the Week, Hutchison was nominated for the weekly award, and then chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week. This is the ninth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week.
The Mission Viejo, Calif., native averaged 32.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two games last week with wins at Fresno State and at home against San Diego State.
The week, of course, was highlighted by Hutchison's 44 points against the Aztecs which was a Boise State single-game scoring record. He scored 25 of his 44 points in the first half - the most points in a half by a Boise State player since Derrick Marks scored 26 points in the second half against Colorado State (Jan. 27, 2015). He scored the team's first 16 points of the game, as well.
He scored eight points in the final five minutes of the game and made two free throws with 15 seconds remaining to give Boise State the three-point lead at 83-80, forcing San Diego State to take two contested threes in the waning seconds.
The 44 points ties for the second-highest single-game point total from an individual in NCAA Division I this season. The last Bronco to score 40 points in a game was Carl Powell (Feb. 8, 1979).
He secured his eighth double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, along with a team-high four assists in the week's opening game at Fresno State (Tuesday, Jan. 9). Now with 19 career double-doubles, Hutchison is tied for third place in Bronco history for career double-doubles.
The performance also gave him his sixth 20-point, 10-rebound game of the season, tying his total from the 2016-17 season and bringing his career total to 12, further strengthening his No. 1 spot in the school record book.
In addition, the win at Fresno State made Hutchison just the 11th player in Boise State history to win a conference road game at every league venue in his career. John Coker (1992-95) was the last to accomplish the feat, which had not been done since Boise State was in the Big Sky. Hutchison is the sixth four-year Bronco to accomplish the feat.
The senior now has 1,195 career points, putting him in 12th place in the school's all-time scoring list.