Talley takes Heartland’s first weekly basketball honor of season

OC point guard Kendre Talley looks for an opening to pass during Saturday's win over York (Neb.). Talley was named as the Heartland Conference player of the week after recording a triple-double in the game.
OC point guard Kendre Talley looks for an opening to pass during Saturday's win over York (Neb.). Talley was named as the Heartland Conference player of the week after recording a triple-double in the game.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 11, 2013) – A historic performance by Kendre Talley in Oklahoma Christian’s homecoming game landed him the first Heartland Conference men’s basketball player of the week award on Monday.

Talley, a 5-foot-9 senior point guard from Spencer, won the league honor after posting a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in OC’s 106-95 win over NAIA Division II No. 24-ranked York (Neb.) on Saturday. Talley went 15-of-20 from the free-throw line and also had two steals.

The triple-double was the second in OC’s history and the first since January 1991, when Terrance Gaines recorded one in a win over Oklahoma Baptist. It was the first triple-double by a Heartland Conference player since Feb. 25, 2012, when Jordan McGowen of Dallas Baptist (Texas) had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against Oklahoma Panhandle State.

The player-of-the-week award is the first of his career for Talley, although he was named as the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament most valuable player after leading the Eagles to the title in March 2012.

Now-departed OC center Will Reinke won the weekly Heartland award four times last season.

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