Dec. 1, 2009
Harris Named PL Player of the Week
Harris' Buzzer-Beater vs. Quinnipiac
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- One day after being named Patriot League Player of the Week, Chris Harris was honored as the ECAC Division I Player of the Week after averaging 27.0 ppg in the Mids' two games last week. The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is the nation's largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with approximately 300 member institutions ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois.
Harris, a 6-2, 185-pound guard from Mechanicsville, Va., tallied a career-high 37 points in the Mids' 87-70 victory over Towson last Tuesday night. The 37 points was just one shy of Michael Heary's Alumni Hall record 38 points he scored against Holy Cross on Jan. 29, 1997, and equaled the most for a Patriot League player in a contest since Holy Cross' Keith Simmons scored 38 against Chattanooga on Dec. 5, 2005. His 37 points were the 16th most in school history and the total is currently the ninth most in a game in the country this season.
He then added 17 points, all coming in the second half and overtime, of Navy's 65-56 loss to Northeast Conference favorite Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. He has scored in double figures in all seven games this year, and leads the Patriot League in scoring at 21.6 ppg. In addition, he saw a streak of 37 consecutive free throws made end against Mount St. Mary's, but he did pass the previous school record of 34 set by Matt Sladky in the 1996-97 season.
Harris then scored 31 points, including a game-winning half-court shot at the end of the regulation, to lift Navy to a 65-62 victory over Quinnipiac on Monday night. Harris went 8-of-15 from the field, 5-of-10 from the three-point line and was 10-of-10 from the free throw line, while adding three rebounds and three assists. He now has three 30-point games for his career, one of 10 players in school history with three 30-point games, and he is one of nine players nationally with at least two 30-point games.
Harris is 18th on the school's career scoring list with 1,154 points and ranks 21st nationally in scoring at 21.6 ppg. Through Monday's games, he is 41st nationally in free throw percentage (min. 2.5 attempts per game) at 92.7 percent and his 51 free throws made are the second most nationally.
Harris and his teammates will host Ivy League power Penn on Friday night in a nationally-televised battle at Alumni Hall. CBS College Sports will broadcast the game live from Alumni Hall, beginning at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Alumni Hall ticket window prior to the game.