BURGESS TAKES HOME CAA CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES

RICHMOND, Va. – One day after his head coach labeled him as "the difference in the game" in VCU's 75-60 victory over George Washington, senior Bradford Burgess was lauded once again, this time by the Colonial Athletic Association.

Burgess, who has now started 118 straight games, was named CAA Co-Player of the Week after averaging 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Black & Gold. He shares the honor with Georgia State's Eric Buckner, who led the Panthers to a 3-0 week.

After Sunday's win, Head Coach Shaka Smart said, "He played like a senior, he played like a leader and he made seemingly every big shot for us. That really allowed us to keep the lead and extend the lead at the end."

To start the week, Burgess poured in 15 points in a home win over Big East foe South Florida. He went 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-4 from long range and pulled down four rebounds for the Black & Gold.

On Sunday, he was nearly unstoppable with a season-high 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while corralling five rebounds and blocking two shots.

Burgess has now scored in double-figures in each of the past seven games and recently moved into the top-20 on VCU's all-time scoring chart with 1,313 points.

On the year, he leads the team with 14.1 ppg on 36.7% shooting and 38.3% from long-range. He is also grabbing 4.2 boards per night and dishing out 1.3 assists per outing.

Burgess and his teammates have all week to prepare for the Farm Bureau Insurance Black & Blue Classic against crosstown rival, Richmond. Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena is set for 8 p.m.

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