Jones, Newkirk Share First Men's Basketball Player of the Week Honors

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Richmond senior ShawnDre’ Jones and Saint Joseph’s junior Shavar Newkirk were named Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week while Duquesne Mike Lewis II was chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Monday and presented by Come Ready Nutrition, are for games played Nov. 11-14 and are the first weekly awards of the season. 

Jones scored 31 points on 9-of-13 (.692) shooting, including 4-for-5 (.800) from three, to lead Richmond to a season-opening win over VMI. A guard from Houston, Texas, Jones scored the game-winning free throws in the final three seconds to give UR the win. Jones, who also dished out three assists and had three steals, became the first Spider to top 30 points in a season opener since the 2004 season.  

Newkirk set a career-high of 28 points and seven rebounds in the Hawks’ 77-76 win over Toledo. The guard from New York, N.Y., scored four of SJU’s crucial points in the final 46 seconds that gave the Hawks the lead and eventual win. Newkirk shot 9-for-16 from the field in the game and reached the 20-point mark for the first time in his career. He also contributed seven rebounds and three assists. 

Lewis averaged 13.5 points per game in Duquesne's two games last week. A guard from St. Louis, Mo., he had eight points in the season-opening win over Loyola, Md., and followed that with a team-high 19 points in the Dukes' loss at Penn State. Lewis hit three 3-pointers and handed out a pair of assists versus the Nittany Lions. Combined, he went 6-of-8 from the foul line in two games.  


Davidson’s Peyton Aldridge scored 31 points, had seven rebounds and shot 11-of-18 (.611) from the field for the Wildcats in Saturday’s season opening win … Charles Cooke also scored 31 points in Dayton’s season-opening victory, tallying five three pointers while shooting 11-for-17 (.647) from the field … Rhode Island’s E.C. Matthews missed just three shots from the field (9-12, .750) en route to a 21-point performance with three assists and three steals  in a win against Dartmouth … Jaylen Adams scored 23 points, dished out eight assists and had four steals in St. Bonaventure’s win over Saint Francis … Adams’ freshman teammate Josh Ayeni scored 10 points and had three rebounds in his debut for the Bonnies … Saint Louis’ Reggie Agbecko had a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double against Ball State … Billiken freshman Jalen Johnson opened his college career with 10 points and three rebounds for SLU … Mo Alie-Cox went 5-for-7 from the field, scoring 15 points to go with six rebounds in VCU’s opening win over UNC Asheville … VCU freshman Samir Doughty scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds in his first game as a Ram.

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