LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s senior center Maurice Lewis-Briggs was named Monday as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division men’s basketball “Athlete of the Week.”
Lewis-Briggs averaged 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in two PSAC West games last week while shooting 54% from the field and 62% from the foul line.
A 6-foot-8, 240-pound native of Norristown and graduate of Norristown High School, Lewis-Briggs had 29 points and 12 rebounds in last Saturday’s last-second loss at 15th-ranked Indiana (Pa.). Three nights earlier, Lewis-Briggs scored 18 points and snared nine rebounds in a last-minute win over Seton Hill.
Lewis-Briggs sank a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left to play to account for the winning points in the latter game.
A transfer student from Division I Morehead State University, Lewis-Briggs currently leads The Rock in scoring with a 16.6 points per game average and ranks second on the team in rebounding with a 7.5 per game average. He ranks 11th in the PSAC in scoring and ninth in rebounding.
The first Rock men’s basketball student-athlete to earn a PSAC weekly honor this winter, Lewis-Briggs has scored 10 or more points in nine consecutive games and 16 of The Rock’s 20 games.
During that string of nine games in which The Rock won seven games, Lewis-Briggs has averaged 20.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Lewis-Briggs has also grabbed 10 or more rebounds in five games, all of which came in games he scored 10 or more points. As a result, Lewis-Briggs has recorded a team-high five doubles-doubles this winter.
The high-water marks in Lewis-Briggs’ season thus far have been a 32-point performance in a Dec. 21 win at Cheyney and a 15-rebound effort in the Jan. 3 loss at Millersville.
Behind Lewis- Briggs’ lead, The Rock have compiled a 15-5 overall record this winter. The Green and White currently own a share of first place in the PSAC West standings with a 6-2 division record. SRU is tied with Gannon, Indiana and Mercyhurst for the top spot.
The Rock return to action Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. division game at Clarion University (3-13 overall, 1-7 PSAC West) before hosting California, Pa. (8-10, 3-5) in a 3 p.m. game Saturday in Morrow Field House.
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