Presbyterian College senior forward Francois Lewis (Orlando, Fla.) has been named the Big South Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Gardner-Webb guard/forward Jose Perez (Bronx, N.Y.) is the Freshman of the Week for games played Nov. 26-Dec. 2, it was announced today.
Lewis averaged 25.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games last week. He opened with a career-high 35 points against St. Francis-Brooklyn, in which he scored 13 in a six-minute stretch in the second half to rally PC back from a nine-point deficit and tie the game with under two minutes remaining. Lewis followed with 15 points -- including 12 in the second half –- in the Blue Hose’s five-point win at North Carolina A&T. For the week, Lewis was 17-of-29 from the floor ( =58.6 percent), made 6-of-10 threes ( =60.0) and was 10-of-13 from the charity stripe ( =76.9).
Perez averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in leading the Runnin’ Bulldogs to two wins. He opened with 17 points and six boards in Gardner-Webb’s non-conference win at league foe USC Upstate. Perez followed that with a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in GWU’s home victory over Savannah State. For the week, he shot 57.1 percent from both the field (12-of-21) and beyond the arc (4-of-7), and made 6-of-9 free throws.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Chris Clemons (Campbell), Christian Keeling (Charleston Southern), Jose Perez (Gardner-Webb), Kalin Fisher (Hampton), Lorenzo Phillips (Longwood), Carlik Jones (Radford), Deion Holmes (USC Upstate) and Bjorn Broman (Winthrop)
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Duncan LeXander (Charleston Southern), Adam Flagler (Presbyterian), Cle’von Greene (Radford), Coty Jude (UNC Asheville), Brandon Martin (USC Upstate) and Michael Anumba (Winthrop)
The Blue Hose are next in action when they host Jacksonville Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.