Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week
Tristan Blackwood, Central Connecticut State
Jr., G, 6-0, 170 lbs., Eastern Commerce/Toronto, Ontario
Blackwood was a dominant offensive force for Central Connecticut State, which assumed control of first place last week with a 69-61 win at St. Francis (NY) on Thursday, followed by a thrilling 103-96 overtime victory over visiting Sacred Heart two days later. For the week, he averaged 27.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and hit 14-29 (.483) shots from three-point range as the Blue Devils stretched their winning streak to six games. He began his week by drilling 6-11 shots from outside the arc in a 23-point, two-assist effort against the Terriers. With first place on the line against Sacred Heart on Saturday, Blackwood scored 29 of his career-high 32 points in the second half - including 13 of the Blue Devils’ 16 points in overtime - to help spark CCSU’s rally from a 19-point deficit with 16:46 to play in regulation. His eight three pointers matched an NEC single-game season high and were the third most in CCSU history and most since 1991-92. The Toronto, Ontario product added six assists, three rebounds and two steals in 42 minutes of play. Blackwood, who averages 14.6 ppg, leads the NEC in free throw percentage (.900) and made three-pointers (3.2 per game). The sharpshooter has now hit six or more three-pointers in seven different games this season.
Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week
Jeremy Goode, Mount St. Mary’s
Fr., G, 5-9, 170 lbs., Charlotte, NC/Providence Day
Goode’s third Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week honor of the season comes on the heels of a near triple-double performance on Saturday as Mount St. Mary’s capped off a 2-0 week with a 74-65 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in Emmitsburg. With the Mount currently nestled in third place in the conference with a 7-3 mark, much of the success can be attributed to the play of Goode, who contributed 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shot 50.0 percent from the field last week. In an 80-70 over Wagner on Thursday, he totaled 10 points, three assists and two steals. On Saturday, he turned in one of the top single-game performances in the NEC this season with 18 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and zero turnovers in 37 minutes against the Knights. Goode, who hails from Charlotte, NC, is second on the Mount in scoring at 10.9 ppg and ranks second in the league in assists (5.2 apg) and third in steals (1.9 spg). His 109 assists on the season are the fourth-best single-season mark by a Mount St. Mary’s freshman in school history.