Jan. 3, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Charlotte's Javarris Barnett and Dayton's Chris Wright were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week, while La Salle's Tyreek Duren was honored as Rookie of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday.
Barnett averaged 16.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in leading Charlotte to a pair of road victories at Mercer and at Georgia Tech last week. The junior guard from Charlotte, N.C., scored a career-high 18 points to lead the 49ers to a come-from-behind win at Mercer. He then followed that performance with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists as Charlotte rallied to top Georgia Tech in double overtime. Barnett, who hit a key three-pointer with 24 seconds left to protect a one-point lead at Mercer, finished the week shooting 63.1 percent (12-19) from the field and 63.6 percent (7-11) from three-point range .
Wright averaged a double-double with 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in leading Dayton to two big non-conference wins over top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association and the Mountain West Conference. The Flyers trailed at halftime in both games and Wright led both comebacks by scoring 25 of his 30 points on the week after halftime. The senior forward scored all 13 of his points against George Mason in the second half as the Flyers went on to win 73-67. Wright tallied 12 points and nine rebounds in the double overtime, come-from-behind victory over New Mexico on Saturday. The Trotwood, Ohio native finished the New Mexico game with 17 points and 14 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year.
Duren earned his third A-10 Rookie of the Week honor after averaging 18.5 points and 5.0 assists in two games for La Salle last week. The freshman guard opened the week scoring a career-high 19 points against Towson on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. He added six assists and a steal, while committing just two turnovers in 40 minutes of action. In the win over Binghamton, Duren came up one point short of tying his career-high scoring 18 points as he shot 70.0 percent (7-10) from the floor and was perfect once again from the charity stripe connecting on all three attempts. For the week, the Philadelphia, Pa., native shot 68.4 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the free throw line. Duren also posted a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio.
Charlotte, Dayton and La Salle returns to action on Wednesday, January 5 as all three teams open league play on the road. The 49ers travel to face Richmond, while the Explorers visit George Washington with both games tipping off at 7:00 p.m. The Flyers head to Saint Louis for an 8:00 p.m. EST showdown with the Billikens in a game shown live on the CBS College Sports Network.
Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll
Duquesne's Bill Clark averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Dukes posted victories over Northwestern State and Norfolk State...La Salle's Jerrell Williams set a career-high for the second straight game scoring 32 points against Towson...St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson led all scorers with 29 points as the Bonnies fell to Marshall...Temple's Lavoy Allen tallied 22 points and nine rebounds in a narrow defeat to No. 8 Villanova...Nemanja Mikic of George Washington connected on nine three points in three games last week as the Colonials went 2-1...Saint Joseph's C.J. Aiken averaged 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as the Hawks defeated Boston University and Siena last week.