- National Teams
With the ninth 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.
Will Saunders earns the Player of the Week plaudits after a devastating shooting display this past week. The senior forward netted a career-high seven triples on his way to a second career double-double, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds. He missed just three attempts from beyond the arc for a 70% success rate and also added 3 assists and 2 steals from the bench in an 80-58 win for Charleston Southern.
Earlier in the week, Saunders had contributed to another win for the Bucs with 12 points and 6 rebounds after providing another spark from the bench.
Alex Young 14pts (6-8 FG), 6 rebounds, 5 assists as well as 3 steals. UC Irvine won 69-55. The junior guard then produced another all-round display with 6, 5 and 5 in a 63-58 victory at Cal State Fullerton. Luke Nelson made his return after five games out – wearing a mask due to a recent facial injury – and he scored 5 points in 20 minutes.
Jamie Batish scored 14 points (4-6 from 3-point range) as Western Illinois were beaten 66-57 by Oral Roberts. He then followed that with 9 points – all from downtown – but the Leathernecks fell to another loss, this time going down 68-54 at Denver.
Teddy Okereafor had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in a slender 55-54 loss for Rider University in his best return for the week, also scoring a combined 13 points in two victories as well.
Gabe Olaseni contributed 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 blocks to a 77-75 win for Iowa at Minnesota. Ben Lawson had 3 points and 2 rebounds in a 72-65 win for Western Kentucky, before the Hilltoppers made it 2 in 2 for the week.
Drake suffered two defeats this week, with Chris Caird adding 3 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a 50-47 loss at Loyola Chicago. Jesse Chuku scored 3 points in a 65-60 loss for Lehigh, as they also fell to another defeat in the week.
Jack Crook scored 9 points and grabed 3 boards as Seattle lost 70-52 in their opening Conference game, with Shore Adenekan adding 3 points. They responded with a first victory in the WAC, beating UT Pan American 70-47 as Crook finished with 12 points (6-8 FG) and 6 rebounds. Adenekan collected five rebounds in the victory.
Kinglsey Okoroh started and scored 4 points in a heavy 73-54 loss for Cal Bears against UCLA, before they fell to a 1-4 mark in Pan-12 play with a loss against Stanford.
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