OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University sophomore P'Allen Stinnett has been named this season’s inaugural State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Stinnett scored a career-high 30 points, including 21 in the second half, as Creighton rallied from a late double-digit deficit to post an 82-75 win over a New Mexico team that returned four starters from a 24-9 team a year ago.
Stinnett scored 21 of his 30 points after half, including back-to-back three pointers on consecutive possessions in the final 90 seconds that gave CU its first lead since 4-2. He also hit two free throws with 19 seconds left and the Jays clinging to a six-point lead.
Stinnett's 30 points were the most by a Bluejay in a season-opener since Bob Harstad scored 38 on Nov. 30, 1990, and six more than his previous personal best of 24 last winter against UNI. He is just the sixth different player in Dana Altman's 15-year tenure at Creighton to eclipse 30 points in a single-game.
Stinnett shot 11-for-16 from the field, including 3-of-6 from downtown, as well as 5-of-8 at the line. He also contributed four rebounds, an assist and steal while holding New Mexico's leading scorer Tony Danridge (23 points) without a shot attempt in the final 8:26.
This is Stinnett’s second career honor as MVC Player of the Week (also 2/11/08). Stinnett was named MVC Newcomer of the Week on three occasions last year en route to sweeping MVC Newcomer and Freshman honors a year ago.
Creighton (1-0) returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7:05 pm at Qwest Center Omaha.