CHAPEL HILL - Sophomore guard Marcus Paige earned the ACC Player of the Week award on Feb. 24 for the third time this season (joining Nov. 25 and Dec. 16). Paige averaged 15.3 points and 5.0 assists in leading the Tar Heels to three ACC victories last week.
The Marion, Iowa, native scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half in leading UNC to a comeback win at Florida State. Paige also had seven assists, no turnovers and four steals against the Seminoles. He nailed three 3-pointers and another jumper in a span of 3:17 to break a 57-all tie and give Carolina a 70-62 lead.
Paige scored all 13 of his points vs. No. 5 Duke in the second half, including a pair of baskets with 2:11 remaining (a jumper) and with 1:30 left (a twisting drive between three Blue Devil defenders) that gave UNC a 66-62 lead. The Tar Heels trailed in the Duke game by seven points at the half but, led by Paige, outscored the Blue Devils 44-29 in the second half.
Paige had 13 points, four assists, no turnovers and two steals in Saturday's win over Wake Forest.
The UNC guard helped the Tar Heels shoot a combined 59.6 percent from the floor in the second half in their three wins.
Paige is the first Tar Heel to win ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season since forward John Henson in 2011-12.