NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Richmond senior T.J. Cline has been named the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Rhode Island freshman Jeff Dowtin and Charlie Brown from Saint Joseph’s were selected as the league’s Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards, announced Monday and presented by Come Ready Nutrition, are for games played Dec. 26 – Jan. 1.
Cline was Mr. Everything for Richmond as the Spiders knocked off Davidson in the Atlantic 10 opener on the road. Cline scored 19 points, had 10 rebounds and eight assists with just two turnovers. He also had a steal in the final minute that helped secure the victory. The center from Planot, Texas was just two assists shy of recording Richmond’s first-ever triple-double.
Dowtin scored a career-high 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench for Rhode Island in a 90-56 win at Saint Louis. The guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor (2-of-2 from 3-point range), while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out an assist. It marked the second consecutive game in which Dowtin improved in scoring and tallied a career-high.
Brown scored 13 points in the Hawks' come-from-behind win over George Washington in the A-10 opener. He shot 6-for-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer with 2:25 to play that gave Saint Joseph’s the lead for good. The forward from Philadelphia also had four rebounds, two assists and did not commit a turnover in the victory.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Peyton Aldridge had a double-double against Richmond, tallying 21 points and 11 rebounds following an 18-point performance against Hartford for Davidson … Wildcat freshman Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 13 points, six rebounds and eight assists against Hartford and nine points, eight rebounds and six assists versus Richmond … Dayton’s Kendall Pollard scored 20 points and had four steals in the Flyers’ win over La Salle … Duquesne’s Emile Blackman scored 17 points and was nearly perfect from the line (5-of-6) in the Dukes’ road win at Fordham … Duquesne freshman Mike Lewis II scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and had two steals in the Fordham victory … Rashaan Holloway averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, shooting 10-for-16 from the floor (62.5 percent) in a split week for UMass … Kuran Iverson was 7-of-9 (.778) from the field for 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Rhode Island in a win at Saint Louis … Jaylen Adams scored 29 points on 9-of-15 (.600) shooting and was a perfect 7-of-7 at the line in a road win for St. Bonaventure at UMass … VCU’s JeQuan Lewis averaged 21.5 points, three rebounds and four assists in two wins for the Rams, while also playing signature VCU defense with six steals against Howard and five versus George Mason.