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Jones wins final C-USA men's player of the week award

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IRVING, Texas - Senior Shawn Jones of the MTSU men's basketball team (28-8, 13-3 C-USA) was named the 2013-14 season's final Conference USA Player of the Week as announced by the league office Friday afternoon.

This marks Jones' third C-USA weekly award and the fourth for the Blue Raiders this season as the big man collected the honor Dec. 16 and Feb. 3. Jones' third weekly honor comes after leading the Blue Raiders to a share of the C-USA regular season title with a 55-53 win at UAB Thursday evening.

Jones paced MT against the Blazers, posting his 10th double-double of the season with game-highs in points and rebounds. He tallied 16 points, going 8-for-12 from the floor, while snagging 18 rebounds, including 13 defensive boards. He notched the double-double in the opening half with 12 points and 11 boards capitalized by a put-back dunk as the clock expired just before the half to give MT a 27-26 lead at the intermission. He finished the night with three blocked shots.

With the win he has helped the Blue Raiders win their third-straight regular season conference championship and fourth in the last five years. The Hialeah, Fla., native helped MT secure a double-bye in the C-USA Championship at the No. 3-seed in MT's first year in the league.

The Blue Raiders will open the C-USA Championship Thursday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. CT, taking on Florida Atlantic, Marshall or Old Dominion.

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