Feb. 8, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- For the fifth time this season, a Navy men's basketball player has been named the Patriot League's Player of the Week, as O.J. Avworo earned the honor for the first time in his career. Avworo joins Chris Harris and Jordan Sugars, who both have received the citation twice, as recipients this year.
It's the first time since 2003-04 that three different teammates have won Patriot League Player of the Week honors, and the second time that Navy has done it. Three different Mids won POW accolades (Sitapha Savane, Skip Victor and Chris Williams) in the 1998-99 season.
Navy players have now won 10 of the 29 weekly honors handed out by the Patriot League since the start of last year.
Avworo, a 6-0, 200-pound junior guard from Houston, Texas, has helped a Navy offensive resurgence in the last two games. He tallied his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists in Navy's 100-91 win over Colgate last weekend, then secured his second career double-double in Friday's 81-79 victory over Bucknell with a career-high 17 points and 10 assists. He went 5-of-8 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 6-of-11 from the free throw line. He became the first Navy player in school history to record back-to-back double-doubles in points and assists.
Over the last two games, Avworo is averaging 15.5 ppg, 10.0 apg and 4.0 rpg while shooting 7-of-14 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 14-of-23 from the free throw line. During the timeframe, he has 20 assists against just three turnovers for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 6.67 (20:3).in 71 total minutes.
For the season, Avworo is averaging 7.2 ppg, 5.5 apg and 2.7 rpg in 33.3 mpg. He ranks second in the league in assists and his assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.94 is third in the league. He is shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point range. He currently ranks 27th nationally in assists per game.
In league games only, Avworo is averaging 9.4 ppg, 6.5 apg and 2.6 rpg. He owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.36 (52 assists, 22 turnovers) and is shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range.
His 122 assists this year are the most for a Navy player since 1997 and he currently has 231 career assists to rank 14th on the career assists list.
Navy, which owns an 11-12 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the Patriot League, travel to Lehigh (15-8 / 6-2 PL) for a Wednesday night tilt in Bethlehem, Pa. Navy enters the game just one game back in the league standings behind the league-leading Mountain Hawks, and with a win over Lehigh, will move into first place in the league standings.
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