Needham and English Garner Men's Basketball Weekly Honors

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  December 24, 2012
Courtesy: MAAC Sports
Player of the Week
Derek Needham, Fairfield, Sr., G, 5-11, 180, Dolton, Ill./ De La Salle HS

Needham scored a game-high 24 points, including the game-winning three pointer with 16 seconds remaining, to defeat Saint Joseph's University on the road. It was Fairfield's first win over Saint Joseph's since the 1977-78 season. After hitting the shot to give Fairfield a two-point lead, Needham drew an offensive foul and made a free throw to give the Stags a three-point lead. He finished the game with eight field goals in 15 attempts with five three pointers in nine attempts. He also had five assists with a steal.

Rookie of the Week
A.J. English, Iona, Fr., G, 6-4, 180, Wilmington, Del./St. Thomas More (CT)/Appoquinimink

English averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the Gaels' 2-1 week. He shot 50.0% (11-for-22) from the field and hit eight three-point field goals. English matched his season-high with 17 points vs. Liberty while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. He posted three steals against La Salle and scored eight points in 16 minutes in a 100-72 win over Norfolk State Sunday.

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