Green and English Claim MAAC Men's Basketball Weekly Awards
Release: January 07, 2013
Juan'ya Green, Niagara, So., G, 6-3, 195, Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Carroll)
Green helped lead the Niagara Purple Eagles to a 2-0 weekend as they defeated Marist and Fairfield to extend their conference winning streak to three games. He averaged 26.0 points per game while shooting 65.5 percent (19-for-29) from the field and 92.3 percent (12-for-13) at the free throw-line line, while converting both 3-pointers he attempted. The Philadelphia native led the team with 4.0 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game. Green recorded consecutive 20-plus point games, beginning on Thursday versus Marist, when he finished with 21 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Purple Eagles had season-highs in points (94) and in field goal percentage (52.2). He was the catalyst to NU's first win against Fairfield since Jan. 4, 2010. Green led all scorers with a season-high 31 points, which is the most by a Purple Eagle this season, for his fourth career 30-point game. He played in the entire game and scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half. Green put NU back in front twice in the second half and was clutch at the free throw line as NU held off Fairfield for the 71-67 win. His game-high 12 free throws tied a career best and are the most this season for NU. Green added a game-high four steals and led NU with three assists.
Rookie of the Week
A.J. English, Iona, Fr., G, 6-4, 180, Wilmington, Del./St. Thomas More (CT)/Appoquinimink
English averaged 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in Iona's 3-0 week. He shot 52.6% (10-for-19) from the field and 63.6% (7-for-11) from the three point line. English scored 11 points and grabbed two three rebounds in wins at St. Bonaventure and Siena. His 11 points vs. the Bonnies came in 17 minutes playing time. English's three-pointer with 9:40 remaining vs. the Saints sparked a 14-2 run for that erased Iona's 10-point second half deficit. He also recorded his first two collegiate blocks in the contest. Against Manhattan on Sunday, English hit two more key trifectas, one at the 15:49 mark that cut the Jaspers' lead to one point and a second at the 9:03 mark that put Iona ahead by four points.