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Talley takes Heartland player-of-the-week honor for 2nd straight time

Kendre Talley throws a pass against Southern Nazarene last Tuesday. The OC point guard was named Monday as the Heartland Conference player of the week.
Kendre Talley throws a pass against Southern Nazarene last Tuesday. The OC point guard was named Monday as the Heartland Conference player of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 18, 2013) – If the first two weeks are any indication, Oklahoma Christian point guard Kendre Talley is set for a spectacular season.

On Monday, Talley was named as the Heartland Conference men’s basketball player of the week for the second time in as many weeks. The 5-foot-9 senior from Spencer was honored for his play in OC wins over Southern Nazarene (98-83) on Tuesday and at Langston (83-69) on Friday.

Talley, who opened his season against York (Neb.) with the second triple-double in program history,  just missed a double-double with 22 points and eight assists against SNU, then flirted with a quadruple-double at Langston, finishing with a career-high 32 points (on 12-of-14 shooting), nine rebounds, seven steals and seven assists while committing only one turnover.

It was a performance that drew him a standing ovation from Langston fans as he left the court in the final minute.

From his backcourt position, he shot 73.1 percent from the field for the week for OC, which is 3-0 entering Tuesday’s home game against Central Oklahoma.

Talley leads the conference in scoring (26.3 points per game), assists (8.7 per game) and steals (3.7 per game) and is fourth in rebounding (8.0).

Talley is the second OC player in as many seasons to win consecutive Heartland player-of-the-week honors. Now-departed center Will Reinke did so last season in January and went on to take the award four times.