Thursday, April 2, 2009

UNC's Lawson wins Cousy Award

DETROIT - North Carolina junior guard Ty Lawson has some hardware to pick up at the Final Four.

Lawson has been named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award, which has been given to the nation's top point guard as selected by a blue ribbon committee of hall of famers, sports information directors and media members since 2004.

After deciding to forgo the NBA draft and return to school, Lawson is averaging 16.3 points and 6.5 assists per game and will lead the Tar Heels on Saturday in the NCAA semifinals against Villanova.

A predecessor, former Tar Heel point guard Raymond Felton, won the award in 2005. Texas' D.J. Augustin, who's now a teammate of Felton's with the Charlotte Bobcats, won in 2008. - Ken Tysiac