Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week
Javier Mojica, Central Connecticut State
Sr., G, 6-3, 180 lbs., Auburn, MA/Auburn
Mojica claims the first Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week award of his career after averaging 20.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in Central Connecticut State’s 1-1 week. He also shot a scintillating 69.6 percent (16-23) from the floor and 62.5 percent (5-8) from three-point range. Mojica posted his league-leading third double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 boards in a 77-64 win over St. Francis (NY) on Wednesday in CCSU’s NEC opener. He also tallied 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 55-52 setback at Lehigh on Saturday. Mojica has scored 20 or more points in five straight games, the longest stretch for a CCSU player in 12 seasons. The Auburn, MA product currently ranks among NEC leaders in nearly every statistical category, including first in three-point accuracy (.526), second in scoring (20.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg), third in made three-pointers (2.9 per game), fifth in field goal percentage (.520), 11th in free throw percentage (.760) and 12th in assists (2.9 apg).
Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week
Devin Sweetney, Saint Francis (PA)
Fr., G, 6-6, 180 lbs., Washington, D.C./Riverdale Baptist
Sweetney continued to put up big numbers for the Red Flash en-route to his second straight Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week accolade. He averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and shot 40.0 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent from the charity stripe last week. Sweetney scored 15 of his career-high 20 points in the second half, including 11 of his team’s last 18 points in a 75-69 setback at Howard on Monday. In a back-and-forth affair, he gave Saint Francis the lead three times in the final six minutes of the contest and pulled the Red Flash to within 68-67 on a layup with 1:46 to play. Two days later, the native of Washington, D.C. recorded 11 points, five boards and two steals in a near upset of Patriot League power Bucknell as the Bison ended the game on an 8-0 run to win, 60-56. On the season, Sweetney paces all NEC freshman and ranks in the NEC top-15 in scoring (eighth, 15.0 ppg), rebounding (third, 7.6 rpg), field goal percentage (11th, .481), free throw percentage (second, .880) and steals (sixth, 2.0 spg).