College Sports

Covington earns Summit League honor for role in upset of Wisconsin

Former Edwardsville High School basketball standout Garret Covington played a key role in Western Illinois' stunning upset of No. 17 Wisconsin Saturday.

His effort, coupled with a 14-point performance against Hannibal-LaGrange, earned the junior guard Summit League Player of the Week honors.

Covington scored a team-high 16 points and scored on a pair of free throws that proved to be the difference in the Leathernecks' 69-67 win at Wisconsin. He scored 14 of his points in the second half.

At home against Hannibal-LaGrange, he scored 14 points with three rebounds and three steals.

Covington averaged 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per gamed as a senior at Edwardsville. He was named the Summer League Newcomer of the Year and was a second-team all-conference pick as a true freshman in 2014.

He repeated second-team all-conference honors last season with a team-best 15.5 points per game, which also ranked fourth in the Summit League.