By Rowan Shiell
January was an exciting month of basketball games and our guys didn’t disappoint in their contribution. As we move into February teams will be jockeying for prime position in their respective conferences. Now is the time to tighten up on play. This week was a mixed bag of results but there were some great games none the less.
Player of the Week
Ben Mockford | St Francis NY | Junior | Guard | @BenMockford
Mockford shot the lights out this week, connecting on 62% of his three point attempts across two games. First up he scored 16 points against Central Connecticut State (8-11, 4-4 NEC) in a two point loss, on Saturday, going 4/6 from deep.
In a win against Robert Morris (14-8, 6-3 NEC), on Thursday, Mockford had 14 points, going 4/7 from beyond the arc. Mockford is averaging 10.8 points on the season.
Best of the Rest
Alasdair Fraser | Maine | Junior | Forward | @bigali15
Maine (8-13, 3-5 Am. East) lost both their games over the week. Fraser scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in a three point loss to Stony Brook (15-5, 6-1 Am. East), on Saturday.
Wednesday he was much better statistically, scoring 20 points and grabbing another eight rebounds against New Hampshire (6-14, 2-6 Am. East).
Tom Pereira | Rider | Junior| Guard | @T32Pereira
Rider lost both their games, just like Maine. Pereira scored 11 points against Canisius (13-7, 6-3 MAAC), on Friday.
Sunday he made just one of his eight three point attempts against Manhattan (6-14, 4-6 MAAC). After averaging 14 points, in three starts, he has probably attracted the individual defensive attention of opposing coaches, He just needs to adjust and come back strong.
Andrew Lawrence | College of Charleston | Senior | Guard | @andrewcofc04
Lawrence had five points and six assists as Charleston (14-7, 6-3 Southern) defeated Wofford (8-13, 2-6 Southern) by 19 points, on Saturday.
He had a stronger showing against Appalachian State (8-12, 4-5 Southern), where his father and uncle once starred, with 16 points, three rebounds and four assists, on Wednesday.
Will Neighbour | Arkansas Little Rock | Junior | Forward
In their only game of the week, Arkansas Little Rock (14-9, 8-4 Sun Belt)was successful against North Texas (8-14, 3-8 Sun Belt), on Saturday. Neighbour scored 11 points grabbed six rebounds and stole the ball four times.
Keith Rendleman | North Carolina-Wilmington | Senior | Forward
Rendleman had a mixed week, scoring 11 points to go with six rebounds in a close win against Hofstra (5-15, 2-5 CAA), on Saturday.
On Monday UNCW (8-12, 3-5 CAA) came up short against James Madison (12-10, 6-3 CAA) but Rendleman had one of his usual games with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Allie Fullah | Charleston Southern | Junior | Center
Fullah played 26 minutes against Liberty (6-15, 2-5 Big South) on Saturday. He only scored on point but had 10 rebounds and five blocks, in the win.
On Wednesday, Charleston Sothern’s eight game winning streak came to a halt against Gardner Webb (12-10, 4-4 Big South), in overtime. Fullah had only three points, three rebounds and two steals in the one point loss.
Fahro Alihodzic | UAB | Junior | Center
On Saturday, Fahro scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in a close loss to Houston (13-6, 2-4 C-USA).
On Wednesday Fahro had a dozen points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in UAB’s first Conference USA win of the season. Good to see he was more active than usual on the boards.
- Freshman Jack Crook made the most of his 19 minutes in Seattle’s win over San Jose, on Thursday. Crook scored five points, grabbed four rebounds and stole the ball twice. He normally averages nine minutes a game.
- Lee Goldsbrough logged seven minutes in Providence’s overtime victory over Connecticut, on Thursday. ESPN America replayed the game on Thursday afternoon, giving the forward some UK air time.
- Ashley Hamilton and Loyola Marymount appears to be deep in a slump. They have lost five in a row and are 1-7 in conference.