TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University freshman Dwayne Bacon, who recorded his fourth career double double and averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games last week, has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the school record fifth time as announced by the ACC Office and selected by a blue-ribbon panel of media members. Bacon is the first player in school history and only the 21st player in ACC history to earn the award at least five times.
Bacon’s selection marks his school record fifth ACC Rookie of the Week honor and the seventh time in 16 weeks this season that either Bacon or fellow Seminole freshman Malik Beasley (two-time ACC Rookie of the Week) has earned the honor. Bacon has won the award more than any other player while the Seminoles have earned the ward more than any other team in the ACC this season.
In addition to averaging 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, Bacon shot .545 from the field and .667 from the 3-point line as Florida State split a pair of games with its win coming against No. 20 Notre Dame. He totaled 21 points against the Fighting Irish – a scoring total that gave him 11 games of 20 or more points scored – an ongoing freshmen record at Florida State.
Bacon’s best performance of the week came in a 21-point, four-rebound and three-assist outing as Florida State defeated No. 20 Notre Dame by a 77-56 margin for its second win over a nationally ranked team this season. Bacon was incredibly efficient as he made seven of 11 shots from the field (.636 percent), three of five shots from the 3-point line (.600 percent) and was perfect from the free throw line (four of four, 1.000 percent). Bacon’s 21 points led the Seminoles and was a game high total in the scoring column.
Bacon began the game on fire as he made his first shot of the game – a 3-pointer – and stayed hot as he scored 14 first half points. His 14 first half points led the Seminoles to as much as an 18 point lead and 46-30 halftime advantage. Florida State never trailed following Bacon’s game-opening bucket. The Irish closed the first half gap to as few as one but Bacon quickly changed the course of the game with two free throws to increase Florida State’s advantage to three – the Seminoles pushed their advantage to 16 at halftime and led by at least 13 points during the entire second half in gaining the victory.
Bacon posted his fourth career double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium. He scored in double figures for the 26thtime in 29 games, reached the 10 rebound plateau for the fourth time during his freshman season and led the Seminoles with five field goals made against the nationally ranked Blue Devils.
Bacon averaged 33.0 minutes played in the two games last week as he helped Florida State match its win total from a season ago. The Seminoles’ two victories over nationally ranked teams this season marks the first time the Seminoles have defeated multiple ranked teams in a season since defeating six ranked teams during their ACC Championship season in 2012.