Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week
Tony Lee, Robert Morris
Jr., G, 6-0, 205 lbs., Boston, MA/Charlestown
Lee has stepped up his game considerably this season, and has been one of the key contributors in the Colonials’ 6-3 start. Last week, he tallied 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Robert Morris extended its non-conference home winning streak to nine with a 79-78 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. Lee hit 9-14 shots from the floor, including 1-2 from three-point range, in the contest. The 23 points was one shy of his career-high 24-point effort against Monmouth on January 5, 2006. After the Penguins closed the lead to 71-70 with 3:16 left on the clock, Lee answered back with a conventional three-point play to push the lead back to four, then helped seal the win by hitting two free throws with 33 seconds remaining to make the score 79-74. A Boston, MA native, Lee leads the NEC with 2.8 spg, and also ranks second in field goal percentage (.587), sixth in assists (4.2 apg) and seventh in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg).
Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week
Devin Sweetney, Saint Francis (PA)
Fr., G, 6-6, 180 lbs., Washington, D.C./Riverdale Baptist
Sweetney takes home his third Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week award after a near double-double performance in the Red Flash’s 70-56 win over Liberty on Saturday. With the score tied at intermission, he scored all 14 of his points in the second half and pulled down six of his nine boards as Saint Francis avenged an earlier loss to Liberty and snapped the Flames’ six-game winning streak. Sweetney hit all 12 of his free throw attempts in the contest and has now made 22 consecutive shots from the charity stripe. The Washington, D.C. product is averaging an NEC-best 6.3 free throw attempts per game and is the league leader from the line at 91.2 percent. Sweetney also paces all conference freshman with 14.2 ppg (eighth in NEC) and 7.0 rpg (fourth in NEC).