McCollum earns ECAC Player of the Week honors
Posted: 11/27/2012 | Last updated: November 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh senior C.J. McCollum continues to rack in the honors, garnering ECAC Player of the Week on Tuesday just a day after earning Patriot League Player of the Week laurels. It marks McCollum’s fifth-career ECAC weekly award after garnering two in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He is also a former ECAC Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.
McCollum’s week was highlighted by breaking the Patriot League scoring record as he posted 82 points over a trio of Mountain Hawk victories (27.3 per game), shooting 52 percent from the field (28-of-54) and 65 percent from three-point range (11-of-17).
McCollum began by scoring 35 points on 12-of-21 shooting and 5-of-7 from three-point range against Fairfield in the NIT Season Tip-Off. It already marked his second game with 35 or more points on the season, along with the season opener at Baylor. McCollum had a highlight reel dunk in the second half which was featured on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays. He followed that up with 21 points in a 73-66 win over Penn on Tuesday.
The Canton, Ohio native wrapped up the week by scoring 26 points at Sacred Heart Sunday. It came on 8-of-14 shooting and 5-of-7 from three-point range. McCollum needed 23 points coming into the contest to break the league’s all-time scoring record, and he finished with 26, passing Holy Cross’ Rob Feaster with a pull-up jumper with 12:53 left in the second half. The senior captain currently owns 2,228 career points.
McCollum is third in the country averaging 25.7 points through six games. For the season, he’s shooting 51 percent from the field (57-of-112) and 55 percent from long distance (17-of-31).
Lehigh plays at Quinnipiac on Tuesday night. The Mountain Hawks will then return home on Saturday to host Fairleigh Dickinson at 7 p.m. in Stabler Arena.
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