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Colt Ryan

Colt Ryan

The Missouri Valley Conference on Monday named UE senior Colt Ryan its player of the week after the senior averaged 26 points per game in Aces victories over Illinois State and Wright State.

The distinction was the first this season for Ryan and fifth in his career.

Along with a game-high 31 points versus Illinois State and 21 in the victory at Wright State, Ryan averaged seven rebounds.

The preseason all-MVC selection — also last year’s league scholar-athlete of the year — hit 12 free throws in the games to give him 549 in four seasons at UE. That’s fifth on the MVC’s all-time list, ahead of players such as Larry Bird.

Ryan’s honor marked UE’s third this season from the MVC. Senior Troy Taylor earlier earned player of the week and freshman D.J. Balentine newcomer of the week.

With 2,113 career points, Ryan is second all-time at UE and the MVC’s active scoring leader.

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