Peyton Aldridge, Eric Williams, Jr. and the A10 Bounce

Courtesy of Atlantic10.com

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Davidson senior Peyton Aldridge was selected as the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Duquesne freshman Eric Williams, Jr. was chosen the league’s Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Monday, are for games played Jan. 1-7.

Aldridge finished the week averaging 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 53.8 percent overall and 88.9 percent from the line in a pair of A-10 wins. After leading Davidson to a comeback win over Saint Louis with 21 points and seven rebounds, Aldridge capped his week with 17 points, seven more boards and three blocks at George Mason. The forward from Leavittsburg, Ohio, swished seven field goals in each game and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line against Saint Louis in claiming his second Player of the Week award this year.

Williams, who won Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, averaged 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in Duquesne’s two wins last week. The New Haven, Mich., guard posted his sixth double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds versus George Washington, hitting a career high-tying five 3-pointers against the Colonials. Williams followed that with nine points and eight rebounds in the victory at Fordham. He shot .500 for the week (10-of-20), including 6-of-7 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the foul line.

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RECAPS FROM THIS PAST WEEKEND’S ACTION

RHODE ISLAND 81
GEORGE WASHINGTON 60
URI’s 81-60 domination of George Washington gave Dan Hurley’s team its first true road victory of the season, one that came in emphatic fashion. The Rams used a 10-0 run off the opening tip and a 17-0 burst later in the first half to put this one away early, as the 2,249 on hand at the Smith Center saw the Atlantic 10 favorites operating at full throttle. READ MORE.

ST. BONAVENTURE 78
SAINT JOSEPH’S 85
Trailing by seven at halftime, the Bonnies fell behind by 17 early in the second half against a Saint Joseph’s team determined to end a seven-game losing streak in the series. They pulled to within five with 4:02 remaining and trailed by only four with 1:08 left, but ultimately dropped an 85-78 decision before 4,061 fans Saturday night inside Hagan Arena. READ MORE. 

UMASS 62
DAYTON 60
Matt McCall urged his team to believe in itself, even though he and all the players knew they would play the Flyers without two suspended starters, Rashaan Holloway and C.J. Anderson. He told the players who did make the trip, “Our want has to got to be great.” Finally, McCall emphasized the need for a competitive spirit. READ MORE.

DUQUESNE 64
FORDHAM 41
Duquesne (12-4, 3-0 Atlantic 10) led, 33-26, at the break and opened the second half on a 17-0 run with Castro-Caneddy scoring 10, including two 3-pointers, as the Dukes boosted the lead to 50-26 in about seven minutes. READ MORE.

VCU 80
LA SALLE 74
After a layup by freshman forward Sean Mobley with 4:53 to play, which cut La Salle’s lead to 29-28, the Rams went the rest of the half without a field goal. They got a pair of free throws apiece from freshman guard Tyler Maye and senior forward Justin Tillman down the stretch, but trailed 40-32 at halftime. READ MORE. 

RICHMOND 62
SAINT LOUIS 69
ST. LOUISSaint Louis junior forward D.J. Foreman scored a career-high 16 points in a 69-62 win over Richmond in Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball action at Chaifetz Arena. READ MORE.

DAVIDSON 86
GEORGE MASON 59
FAIRFAX, Va. – Jon Axel Gudmundsson led four Davidson players in double figures with a game-high 24 points as the Wildcats cruised past George Mason, 86-59, in Atlantic 10 men’s basketball Sunday afternoon at EagleBank Arena. READ MORE. 

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