December 10, 2013

Corvias ECAC Men's Basketball Players of the Week (for week ending December 8, 2013)

Division I - New England

Chaz Williams – University of Massachusetts- Amherst
Senior, Guard, Brooklyn, N.Y.

A Brooklyn, N.Y. native, Williams averaged a double-double with 22.0 points and 11.5 assists in UMass’ wins at Eastern Michigan and No. 9 RPI-ranked BYU – the Minutemen’s first games as a ranked team in 15 years. He netted 12 points and eight assists in the game at EMU, in UMass’ first true road game of the year. Williams came back on Saturday and had a phenomenal game, posting career-highs in points (32) and assists (15), while committing just one turnover. His 32 points are the second-most in the A-10 this season, while his 15 assists tied the school record and are the fourth-most in league history. His assist-to-turnover ratio for the week was 7.7. He shot 52 percent from the floor, 46 percent from outside and was 14-of-15 from the foul line.  Williams is the first Division I player with at least 32 points and 15 assists in a non-OT game in the last 15 seasons. The only other player to reach those totals in a game in that span was Antawn Dobie (LIU) in 2003 in a double-overtime win versus St. Francis (NY).

Division I - Metro/Upstate

Sean Armand – Iona College
Senior, Guard, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Senior guard Sean Armand averaged 27.0 points and 5.0 assists to lead the Gaels to a 2-0 start in MAAC play with wins over Marist and Fairfield. Armand sank 56.3 percent from the floor, and was 7-of-14 (50.0%) from beyond the three-point arc. He also contributed 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals on the week. In the Gaels’ 83-74 win over Marist, Armand scored 26 points and added four rebounds and three assists. He connected on 60 percent from the floor (9-of-15), including 60 percent (6-of-10) of his three-point attempts. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished off three assists against the Red Foxes. In a 83-72 win at Fairfield, Armand tallied 28 points, hitting 9-of-17 from floor (52.9 percent). Armand also sank 9-of-11 free throw attempts and sank one three-point field goal. Armand grabbed five rebounds, dished off seven assists and had three steals and a block in the win over the Stags. Armand played 40 minutes in both games and committed just three turnovers.

Jordan Reed – Binghamton University
Sophomore, Guard, Philadelphia, Pa.

Reed averaged 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a pair of games last week. He led Binghamton to a win over Mount St. Mary's Wednesday by contributing 17 points and eight rebounds. Reed had a season-high 26 points and six boards against one of the nation's best teams, #4/5 Syracuse on Saturday.

Division I - South

Kyle Anderson – University of Delaware
Junior, Guard, Newark, Ill.

Anderson put on a tremendous shooting performance while averaging 24.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in Delaware’s 1-1 week on the road. The junior guard poured in a career-high 29 points in an 85-80 victory at Charleston Southern, hitting 10-of-12 from the floor including a school-record tying eight 3-pointers. In a close 80-75 setback at Notre Dame, he was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 19 points. For the week, Anderson shot 73.9% (17-of-23) from the floor and was 13-of-18 (72.2%) from beyond the arc.

Division II

Deshawn Curtis – Cheyney University
Senior, Forward, Augusta, Ga.

Cheyney's Deshawn Curtis recorded double-doubles in each of Cheyney's PSAC contests last week. Curtis came off the bench to score a career-high 33 points while grabbing 13 rebounds in a 70-65 victory against Mansfield. He followed that performance with 27 points and 12 rebounds against Bloomsburg, while handing-out three assists in each game. On the week, Curtis averaged 30 points per game while shooting 57.6 percent from the field.

Division III - New England

Joey Flannery – Babson College
Freshman, Forward, Acton, Mass.
Flannery had a tremendous week, averaging 26.7 points and 6.7 rebounds, while shooting 81.2 percent (26-for-32) from the floor, to help the Beavers go 3-0. The first-year forward netted 19 points and pulled down eight boards in an 82-43 win over Newbury on Wednesday, and then poured in a career-high 31 points on 11-for-14 shooting as Babson routed Brandeis in the opening game of the Big 4 Challenge, 78-47, on Saturday. Flannery capped the week by scoring 30 points and grabbing seven rebounds, while shooting 10-for-12 from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, as the Green and White won its first Big 4 Challenge Championship with a 101-87 win over Salem State on Sunday. Flannery, who took home MVP honors, also finished the week going 25-for-25 from the free throw line.

John Swords – Bowdoin College
Junior, Center, Sudbury, Mass.
Swords posted three double-doubles last week, averaging 20.0 points and 12.7 rebounds and connecting on 90.3 percent of his shots as the Polar Bears improved to 7-0 for the first time in program history. He scored 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting with 16 caroms in a mid-week win over Southern Maine before scoring 18 points to go with 12 rebounds against Bates and recording 17 points and 10 boards against Colby. Swords shot 8-of-9 from the floor in both games. He also blocked five shots over the three wins.

Joshua Ford – Mitchell College
Senior, Forward, Jersey City, N.J.
Ford led the Mariners to a 2-0 week in league play and averaged team-highs of 27.5 points, 15.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. The senior forward dropped 32 points and added 16 boards in an 82-77 overtime win against Newbury, scoring the first six points of the extra period and 11 of the last 12 in regulation. Ford finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in a 84-80 win at Lesley.

Division III - Metro

Tyrik Tucker – SUNY-Old Westbury
Senior, Forward, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Tucker averaged 30.5 points and 12.0 rebounds as Old Westbury notched victories over Yeshiva (80-64) and St. Joseph's-L.I. (86-58) last week. He shot 20-of-36 from the field and 19-of-22 from the foul line. He poured in 31 points on Dec. 2 versus Yeshiva and scored 30 points against SJC on Dec. 4 and grabbed a career-best 19 rebounds versus Yeshiva. Tucker added four steals and a pair of blocks on the week.

Division III - Upstate

Justin Mitchell – Buffalo State College
Senior, Forward, Buffalo, N.Y.

The senior forward became the 20th Bengal to score 1,000 career points during an incredible weekend where he averaged 31.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in a pair of SUNYAC wins. Mitchell had a double-double with 27 points and 12 boards in an 89-68 win over Oneonta on Friday, and then scored a career-best 35 points in a 109-99 win over New Paltz on Saturday. He shot an astounding 73-percent from the field and also had six blocks in the two games.

Division III - South

Nate Bellhy – Washington & Jefferson College
Junior, Forward, McDonald, Pa.

Bellhy helped W&J begin conference play 2-0 by averaging 24.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in road wins at Westminster and Thiel last week. He connected on 47 percent of his shots (14-of-30) in the two league wins, including a 56 percent shooting day in Wednesday’s 83-79 victory against the Titans. His 32 points against Westminster marked the third 30-plus point effort of his career, converting on 10-of-18 attempts from the field and adding 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Bellhy totaled 16 points and eight rebounds in Saturday’s 64-60 win against the Tomcats, his sixth scoring performance in double figures through the Presidents’ first seven games of the season.

Malique Killing – Muhlenberg College
Junior, Guard, Philadelphia, Pa.

Killing averaged 27.5 points and 3.5 assists in a pair of Mule wins. He tallied 23 markers in a 64-48 win at Swarthmore and exploded for 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting with six assists in a 91-75 triumph vs. Johns Hopkins. Killing shot 47.2 percent from the floor and 94.7 percent (18-19) from the line in the two contests.