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Jan. 6, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia senior forward/center Travis Watson (Brookneal, Va.) is the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after compiling double-doubles in points and rebounds in each of Virginia’s three games last week. The 6-8 Watson was selected for the honor by a voting panel of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

For the week, Watson scored 51 points, grabbed 47 rebounds, shot 52.8 percent (19-36) from the field and 81.3 percent (13-16) from the free throw line in 96 minutes of action. He also had seven assists, four steals, two blocked shots and six turnovers in the three games.

In Virginia’s 87-65 win over Wofford College at University Hall on January 2, Watson became the first Virginia player in almost 20 years to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. He had game-high totals of 21 points and 20 rebounds in the game. Prior to Watson’s effort against Wofford, the last Virginia player to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game was Ralph Sampson against North Carolina State on January 12, 1983 (33 points, 21 rebounds).

Watson had game-high totals of 20 points and 15 rebounds in UVa’s 77-58 victory over Liberty University at University Hall on December 30. He had 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 75-63 loss at North Carolina State on January 5.

Watson is currently averaging 14.1 points and leads the ACC with an average of 10.6 rebounds a game.

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