- National Teams
With the third week of the college basketball season completed, we take a look at all the top performing Brits in NCAA Division 1.
Ben Lawson had a career-high 12 points on a perfect shooting night, making 4-4 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. The 7’1″ sophomore forward also grabbed 7 rebounds, coming up big down the stretch, in a 62-52 win for Western Kentucky. Lawson was praised for his efforts in limiting the threat of Richaun Holmes, who had been key for the previously undefeated Bowling Green State.
“He got a lot of attention,” WKU coach Ray Harper said, via BG Daily News. “Ben is 7-1 with a 7-5 wingspan, and Ben did a great job of not getting angled in the post and making him score over him. Holmes is 6-8, and (Ben) is 7-1. When he raises his arm, that’s a tough shot for him. I thought George and Justin (Johnson) were active off the ball and got some blocked shots. We didn’t let him get comfortable.
Gabe Olaseni had an all-round display of 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks in a convincing win for Iowa last Sunday, before adding 7 points and 5 rebounds in a 60-55 victory over North Carolina.
Former GB U20 backcourt duo Luke Nelson and Alex Young split their two games this week with UC Irvine. Young had 11 points and 6 assists in the win on the road at Loyola, while Nelson contributed 6 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, before hitting double figures with 10 points in a loss against Fresno State.
Jamie Batish shot 3-6 from downtown on his way to 12 points in a 91-56 win for Western Illinois, while Jesse Chuku netted a season-high 13 points on 6-7 FG shooting in 15 minutes of action during a convincing victory for Lehigh – one of two wins this week.
Last week’s player of the week Teddy Okereafor helped Rider University to a 69-56 win on Wednesday with an all-round display with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Chris Caird scored 16 points in a loss to Murray State, having scored 7 points in a 73-60 win for Drake earlier in the week. Jack Crook pulled down 12 boards and added 6 points for Seattle, while Adam Thoseby went 4/4 from the foul line in a 6-point display for South Dakota.
Finally, Will Saunders stepped up with 12 points and 6 rebounds Charleston Southern recorded two home wins this past week.
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