Grady and Livingston named A10 Co-Players of the Week; Bynum nabs rookie honor

Courtesy of Atlantic10.com

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –  The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Davidson sophomore Kellan Grady and George Mason senior Otis Livingston II as its Co-Players of the Week. Saint Joseph’s freshman Jared Bynum was chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were announced Monday and are for games played Nov. 26 – Dec. 2.

Grady finished the week averaging 25.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while torching the nets for 71.4 percent (20-of-28), including 7-of-12 (.583) from long range. In Davidson’s win over cross-county rival Charlotte, he scored 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including five 3-pointers. The guard from Boston capped his week with another 25-point effort, while leading the ‘Cats come-from-behind win at UNC Wilmington. In addition to helping his club improve to 7-1, Grady missed just three of his 14 attempts from the field.

Livingston averaged 20.0 points, 8.5 assists and shot 50 percent from the floor (14-of-28) in two wins for George Mason. He dished out 17 assists and committed just three turnovers (5.7 assist to turnover ratio) while making all eight of his attempts from the free throw line. Livingston poured in a game-high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting (.538) and dished out a game-high seven assists in 33 minutes against Morgan State. He made a critical 3-point play with less than two minutes left to help Mason secure the win. The guard from Linden, N.J., then tallied a team-high 18 points and tied his career high with 10 assists for his second double-double this season to lead Mason to a win at William & Mary. Livingston made two key field goals in the final 3:31 and assisted on another to help the Patriots close out the road victory. He crossed the 400-assist mark for his career, and now ranks second in assists all-time at Mason with 413.

Bynum averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 1-1 week. The guard from Largo, Md., converted 68.8 percent (11-for-16) from the field and 94.1 percent (16-of-17) from the foul line. He tied his career-high with 17 points in the win over UIC, converting 9-of-9 free throws. He also had two assists and no turnovers, for the fourth time in seven games. Bynum then set a new career-high with 23 points against Temple, making 7-of-9 (.778) field goals and 7-of-8 (.875)  free throws. He also tied his season-high with five assists. The rookie is averaging 13.3 points this season and a team-high 3.6 assists, which helps him rank 11th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (4.83).

HONOR ROLL

Davidson freshman Luka Brajkovic averaged 12.5 points on 7-for-11 (.636) shooting for the Wildcats, including a 4-for-5 (.800) performance from the field in the win over Charlotte … Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell notched 15 points, seven rebounds and an assist in the Flyers’ loss to No. 25 Mississippi State … Dayton freshman Obi Toppin had eight points, five rebounds and a block against Mississippi State … La Salle freshman Ed Croswell didn’t miss a shot in a narrow loss to No. 23 Villanova, hitting 3-of-3 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line, while also recording four rebounds and a pair of blocks …  Grant Golden tallied a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double against Georgetown, and then had 24 points in the Spiders’ win over Wake … Cyril Langevine had back-to-back double-doubles for Rhode Island, recording 19 points and 17 boards in a win over Brown, and then 18 points and 12 rebounds versus Providence … St. Bonaventure’s Courtney Stockard returned from injury and had an immediate impact for the Bonnies, averaging 17.5 points on 12-of-18 (.667) from the field with 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a pair of wins for the brown and white  … Bonnies freshman Kyle Lofton had a pair of stellar games in the wins, averaging 12.5 points and 6.0 assists, including a 13-point, 9-assist performance versus Canisius … Javon Bess scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds with three assists in Saint Louis’ win over Butler Saturday.

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