Johnson and Stephens earn Patriot League weekly honors

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. –Lafayette senior guard E.J. Stephens captured his first Patriot League GEICO Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and Holy Cross freshman guard R.J. Johnson received rookie of the week honors when the League office announced weekly accolades on Tuesday.

Stephens became the second-consecutive Leopard to earn GEICO Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors after averaging 24.5 points during a two-game sweep over Bucknell. He scored a career-high 31 points in Lafayette’s 87-76 win over the Bison on Sunday. He shot 57 percent (16-for-28) from the floor to help Lafayette move into first place in the Central Division.

Johnson received his first GEICO Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week award by averaging 8.5 points and 5.0 assists to help Holy Cross split a two-game series with Army West Point over the weekend. The Matthews, N.C. native shot 50 percent (4-for-8) from 3-point range during the two-game stretch to help the Crusaders move into a two-way tie for second place in the North Division.

Colgate senior guard Jordan Burns, Holy Cross senior guard Austin Butler, Lehigh junior center Nic Lynch and Navy junior guard John Carter Jr. each received an honorable mention for their performances during the second week of the League schedule.

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