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With the eleventh week of the college basketball season completed, we take a look at all the top performing Brits in NCAA Division 1 in the past seven days.
Senior centre Gabe Olaseni pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds, including 11 offensive, and scored 9 points in 23 minutes although Iowa were beaten 67-63 at Purdue. The 23-year-old gave a pretty tough self-assessment post-game and has been wearing a protective boot as a precaution for an ankle injury sustained.
“On the boards, I did a pretty good job,” he said, via HawkCentral. “I could’ve gotten a couple more down the stretch.”
“Offensively, I don’t think I played very well,” he added. “I definitely could have made more free throws or open jumpers that I always make. It’s a long season. We have over 10 games left, and every experience is a learning experience.”
Teddy Okereafor recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 58-49 win against Saint Peter’s as Rider improved to an 8-3 record in the MAA Conference. Earlier in the week, the junior guard scored 10 points in another victory with a combined 15-21 from the foul line in the two games.
The winning run of UC Irvine continued as they took their record in the Big-West Conference to 5-1 with two victories this week. Alex Young scored 15 points in a 78-72 win, with Luke Nelson adding 9 points and 5 assists. The former EBL D1 MVP then dished out 8 assists to go along with 6 points in a 67-57 victory at home to Cal Poly, while Young added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in another all-round display.
Will Saunders netted 5-6 from beyond the arc in a 17-point haul off the bench as Charleston Southern claimed their 5th win in a row. The senior forward then scored 13 in an 84-77 defeat at home to Radford as the Bucaneers dropped to 6-3 in conference play.
Centre Ben Lawson produced 6 blocks in an 83-74 win for Western Kentucky, whilst adding 6 points and 4 rebounds in a 27-minute display. In a following 69-56 defeat, Lawson added 2 points and 3 boards.
Chris Caird scored six points all from the free throw line although Drake suffered a heavy 74-40 defeat at Wichita State. He scored 6 points again in the next game with the Bulldogs coming out on top this time with a 69-57 win at home to Bradley.
Lehigh edged past Lafayette 75-71 with Jesse Chuku contributing 5 points to the win, before scoring three in a 68-62 loss to Bucknell. Freshman Kingsley Okoroh finished with 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks as Cal Bear ended a six-game losing run by beating Washington State 76-67.
Anyone we missed that deserves a mention? Let us know in the comments!
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