Feb 11, 2013 11:24 PM by MTN Sports

Jamar earns Big Sky Player of the Week

OGDEN, Utah - The University of Montana's Kareem Jamar is the Big Sky Conference men's basketball Player of the Week.

Jamar, a 6'5" guard-forward from Venice, Calif, averaged 16 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.5 steals and two blocks per game as the Grizzlies picked up home victories over Northern Colorado and North Dakota on an historic weekend. In the two games, Jamar shot .545 percent from the field, and .857 percent from the free-throw line.

Jamar netted 18 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks in Montana's 73-63 win over Northern Colorado on Thursday. He was 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. Montana clinched a berth in the Big Sky tournament with the win on Thursday.

Last Saturday, Jamar, a first team all-conference player last season, scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and also had six assists, two blocks and a steal in a 78-58 victory over North Dakota.

Jamar is ranked among the Big Sky leaders in several categories. Some of those rankings include: third in assists (4.3 apg); fifth (tie) in rebounding (6.1 rpg); seventh in scoring (13.9 ppg); and ninth in field goal percentage (49.0%).

Montana has won 25 consecutive Big Sky Conference regular-season games, a league record. The previous mark of 24 was set by Weber State 43 years ago. Montana also set the league record for consecutive regular-season home victories with 24. The previous record was 23 set by Idaho 30 years ago. Including post-season games, the Grizzlies have won 27 straight games against Big Sky teams.

Montana has won 14 straight games, which ties the longest winning streak in school history. UM's streak is currently tied with Memphis for the second-longest active streak in the nation. Akron has won 15 games.

This is the second time this year and third in his career that Jamar has been selected the conference's player of the week.

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