Grizzlies’ Jamar is top Big Sky player

OGDEN, Utah — Kareem Jamar  of The University of Montana has been selected as the Big Sky Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played Jan. 7-12.

Jamar, a 6-foot-5 junior forward/guard from Venice, Calif., averaged 18.5 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block per game as Montana earned road wins over North Dakota and Northern Colorado. Jamar shot .706 percent from the floor, .667 percent from 3-point range, and .692 percent from the free-throw line.

In a 77-62 win over North Dakota on Jan. 10, Jamar scored 11 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

On Saturday, Jamar netted a career-high 26 points as the Grizzlies rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Northern Colorado 85-77. Jamar made 9-of-10 shots from the floor and was 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Jamar also dished out six assists, had three rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

Montana moved to 6-0 in conference games and has won 18 straight regular-season conference games dating back to a loss at Weber State on Jan. 14, 2012. UM has won 20 in a row over Big Sky teams.

This is Jamar’s second career Player of the Week honor.

Others Nominated

Venky Jois, C, Eastern Washington: Averaged 12 points and 10.5 rebounds in a win and a loss.

Tomas Sanchez, G, Idaho State: Scored 18 points with 5 assists in a win.

Paul Egwuonwu, C, Montana State: Averaged 14 points and shot .643 percent in a win and a loss.

Troy Huff, G, North Dakota: Averaged 22 points and 7 rebounds per game in a win and a loss.

Derrick Barden, F, Northern Colorado: Averaged 17.5 points and 13 rebounds in two losses.

Lateef McMullan, G, Portland State: Averaged 13.5 points and eight assists in two wins.

Konner Veteto, F, Sacramento State: Averaged 13 points and seven rebounds in a win and a loss.

Jackson Stevenett, F, Southern Utah: Averaged 20.5 points and 6 rebounds in two losses.

Joel Bolomboy, F, Weber State: Scored 13 points with 17 rebounds in a win.

— Big Sky Conference