The Atlantic 10 Conference has named VCU sophomore Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland as A-10 Player of the Week. Dayton freshman Mustapha Amzil was selected as the league’s Rookie of the Week. The awards, presented by Air Force Reserve, were announced Monday and are for games played Feb. 1-7.
Hyland scored 23 points, including the eventual game-winning 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining in a win at Rhode Island on Feb. 3. The guard from Wilmington, Del., added four rebounds and three steals in the victory. He hit 5-of-9 (.556) from 3-point range, including drilling the second-chance triple in the closing seconds that gave VCU the 63-62 victory.
Amzil averaged 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a split week for Dayton. The forward from Helsinki, Finland, made five of the nine shots he took from beyond the arc (.556) on the week. He recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and three blocked shots at Duquesne. He then hit double digits for the ninth time in 11 career games, scoring 10 against George Mason.
Jalen Crutcher had a stellar performance for Dayton, averaging 24.5 points and 6.5 assists in a 1-1 week including hitting 17-of-31 (.548) from the field … Duquesne’s Michael Hughes posted a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double to help lead the Dukes to a victory over Dayton on opening night for the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse … Carl Pierre tallied 14.5 points per game with 4.90 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a pair of wins for Massachusetts … UMass freshman Ronnie DeGray III had 11 points and six rebounds in a victory over Rhode Island … Antwan Walker had back-to-back double digit games, including a 26-point, 14-rebound double-double for Rhode Island against the Minutemen, where he shot 12-of-17 (.706) from the field … Rhody freshman Ishmael Leggett scored 17 points with four rebounds against VCU as part of a week where he shot .556 (10-of-18) from the field … Saint Louis’ Javonte Perkins had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in a key win for Saint Louis over St. Bonaventure.
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