Pipkins Stellar Week Earns Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Honor
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Massachusetts sophomore Luwane Pipkins was selected as the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Davidson freshman Kellan Grady and UMass freshman Carl Pierre were chosen the league’s Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played Jan. 8-14.
Pipkins averaged 35.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game leading UMass to wins over La Salle and Saint Joseph's. The guard shot 54.5 percent (24-of-44) from the floor, including 53.3 percent (8-for-15) from the 3-point arc, and 83.3 percent (15-of-18) from the charity stripe. His 44 points in the win over La Salle set a new UMass record for a single-game, eclipsing the nearly 50-year standing mark of 41 points. It was tied for the ninth most in A-10 history, and was a Mullins Center record. Along with his points, Pipkins added five rebounds and five assists to help UMass erase a 21-point second-half deficit. In Sunday's win over Saint Joseph's, the Chicago native added another 27 points along with seven rebounds and six assists, all team highs, to help UMass erase another double-figure deficit for the Minutemen's third straight win.
Grady finished the week averaging 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 57.1 percent (12-for-21) from the floor and canning 5-of-8 (.625) 3-pointers. After a game-high 19 points in Davidson's win over George Washington, the guard from Boston capped his week with 14 rebounds, including four 3-pointers in the Wildcats' fourth straight win, a 75-45 triumph at Fordham.
Pierre, who also hails from Boston, played a key role against La Salle and Saint Joseph’s by averaging 21 points and 3.5 rebounds in the two victories. The rookie shot 57.1 percent from the floor and the same from beyond the arc. Of his 16 made field goals, eight were 3-pointers, including a 5-of-7 (.714) effort against the Hawks. In Wednesday's win over La Salle, the guard scored a career-best tying 25 points on 10-of-16 (.625) shooting to go with four rebounds, a block, an assist, and a steal. In Sunday's win over Saint Joseph's, he notched 17 points with three rebounds, two assists and a block.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Darrell Davis had an outstanding performance in Dayton’s win over VCU, with 28 points on 9-of-10 (.900) shooting, 4-of-5 (.800) from 3-point range, five rebounds and nine assists while hitting on a perfect 6-of-6 at the charity stripe … Dayton freshman Jordan Davis was 4-of-8 from 3-point range, 7-for-13 from the field en route to 21 points against VCU … Mike Lewis II averaged 24 points per game in a split week for Duquesne, shooting a consistent 8-for-15 (.533) from the field in each outing, while drilling six threes at VCU and five versus La Salle … Dukes freshman Eric Williams, Jr. had a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double in a win over La Salle, while also contributing 15 points at VCU … Otis Livingston II had another stellar week averaging 25.5 points per game, shooting 19-of-29 (.655) from the field and an incredible 8-for-11 (.727) from 3-point range, including a SportsCenter Top 10 buzzer-beating game-winner against Saint Joseph’s … Pookie Powell averaged 28.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game for the Explorers in two overtime road defeats … Rhode Island freshman Jeff Dowtin dished out a whopping 17 assists in two wins last week, averaging 8.5 assists per game, while adding 18 points in the showdown with St. Bonaventure … Richmond freshman Jacob Gilyard scored 19 points on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting with five assists in the Spiders’ win over George Washington … LaDarien Griffin scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds for a double-double in St. Bonaventure’s win over Fordham, hitting 9-of-14 (.643) from the field … Davell Roby was 10-of-13 (.769) from the field and 6-for-8 (.750) from 3-point range in a 27-point effort at George Mason … Saint Louis freshman Jordan Goodwin nearly had a triple-double at George Mason, with nine points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.