Lamont Jones, Iona, Sr., G, 6-0, 196, Harlem, N.Y./Univ. of Arizona/Oak Hill Academy (Va.)
Jones scored 25 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds in Iona's hard fought 81-78 overtime win at Georgia Saturday. He led the Gaels to their first SEC win in 27 years by scoring 11 points in the second half and five more in the overtime period. During a critical stretch in the second half, Jones scored seven straight points for the Maroon & Gold to help Iona erase its largest deficit of the contest. He also assisted on the eventual game-winning three-pointer, finding teammate Curtis Dennis in the corner on his drive to the basket with less than 20 seconds remaining in the contest. Jones ranks No. 1 in the MAAC in scoring and No. 6 in the NCAA.
Chavaughn Lewis, Marist, So., G/F, 6-5, 185, Queens, N.Y./St. Mary's Manhasset
Marist's sophomore wing player had a career-best performance on Sunday, Dec. 16 in a home contest against Maine. Versus the Black Bears, Lewis scored an all-time high of 27 points in the Red Foxes' dominate 25-point victory. Coming in with a previous high of 25 points, he put together back-to-back double digit scoring halves, including 16 in the second period as he helped Marist close out Maine with a 39-19 run over the final 13 minutes of play. He converted a career-high 10 field goals on 52.6 percent shooting (10-19) from the field. Lewis also aided the Red Foxes with five rebounds, two assists and two steals as the team finished with 94 points, the third-highest offensive output over the last 10 years of play.
Rookie of the Week
A.J. English, Iona, Fr., G, 6-4, 180, Wilmington, Del./St. Thomas More (CT)/Appoquinimink
English had a breakout effort in his first collegiate start, scoring a career-high 17 points in the win at Georgia. English scored 11 of his 17 in the first half and knocked down a season-best four three-point field goals in the win. English's defining sequence in the game came on a three-pointer with 3:10 to play that cut a Georgia lead to one-point. After missing his first attempt from the wing and an offensive rebound by Shawn Jackson, English had the guts to take a second attempt from the same spot and calmly buried one of the key buckets in the game. English also buried a three-pointer on Iona's first possession in overtime and gave his team a two-point advantage in the extra frame.