Baylor University Press Release
IRVING, Texas – Adam Flagler and James Akinjo led Baylor to a pair of wins last week and swept the Big 12 Conference weekly awards in the process, the league office announced Monday.
Flagler was named Big 12 Player of the Week while Akinjo was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. This is the second week in a row that Akinjo has received a weekly conference award after being named Player of the Week on January 3. He joins Kendall Brown (Dec. 20) in giving the Bears two Newcomer of the Week winners this season.
The duo led Baylor to a pair of wins at home against Oklahoma and on the road at TCU, taking the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 games, the third-longest streak in Big 12 history.
Flagler, Baylor’s second Big 12 Player of the Week this season, tied his Baylor career high with 22 points in each game, scoring seven straight double-digit results. His week was punctuated by an 8-of-14 assist from the field, including 6-of-10 three-pointers, against TCU. Flagler’s six three-pointers, all in the second half, helped No.1 Baylor erase a nine-point second-half deficit and spurred a 17-0 BU run that put them back in front for good. For the week, Flagler made 8 of 14 three-point attempts (57.1%) and 16 of 27 field goal attempts (59.3%) overall.
Akinjo averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game to help the Bears in their two wins. He tied a career high with 27 points in a home win over the Sooners, where he shot 10 of 15 (66.7%) from the floor to go along with five assists. In Saturday’s win at TCU, Akinjo scored 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting (60%) to go along with eight assists and three steals. It was his third 20-point production of the season, all of which have come in the past two weeks. He is Baylor’s second Big 12 newcomer of the week this season.
This is the seventh time Baylor players have won the weekly Big 12 awards. LaceDarius Dunn (player) and Ekpe Udoh (newcomer) were the first to do so on January 4, 2010, and they again accomplished feat on February 15, 2010. Perry Jones III (player) and Pierre Jackson (newcomer) swept on January 16, 2012, Cory Jefferson (player) and Isaiah Austin (newcomer) swept on November 12, 2012, Austin ( player) and Kenny Chery (newcomer) swept on February 17, 2014 and Jared Butler (player) and MaCio Teague (newcomer) swept on January 13, 2020.
Baylor players have earned multiple Big 12 Player of the Week honors in 11 consecutive seasons, and a BU player has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week at least once in 15 of the past 18 seasons.
The Bears return to action with another top-25 battle at home against No. 19 Texas Tech on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. CT. The match will be televised on ESPN2. Tickets are on sale for $10 at www.BaylorBears.com/tickets.