WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the Worcester area in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.
Men’s Player of the Week: Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The junior forward posted his 12th double-double in 18 games with 20 points and a season-best 20 rebounds in a 68-57 triumph over Framingham State. Jobst entered the weekend ranked third in the Division III in rebounding (13.1), fourth in total boards (235) and sixth in double-doubles.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 18.5 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per contest, in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. In addition, Murray finished the week 23-for-26 at the free throw line, shooting 88.5 percent. In the win over Pace, Murray posted 17 points and seven assists while shooting 11-for-12 at the line. He followed that with a team-high 20 points and four assists in a road loss at No. 19 ranked Southern Connecticut. He was 12-for-14 at the free throw line in that game.
Women’s Player of the Week: Alex Smith (Holy Cross) – The senior guard poured in a team-high 15 points against American, which helped her reach the 1,500-point milestone. She converted on 6-of-12 shots from the field and dished out seven assists. Smith became the 11th Holy Cross women’s basketball player to reach the 1,500-point mark, but also the first player to register 1,500 career points and 500 assists. Smith registered a game and team-high 17 points against Loyola Maryland last Wednesday in the Crusaders’ 80-65 win.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Morgan O’Brien (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 14.5 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from three-point land in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. In a home win over Pace, O’Brien posted a career-high 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting from three-point land. The seven three-pointers tied an Assumption single-game school record, while the 87.5 percent shooting from three in the game set the school mark. She added eight points and five rebounds in a road loss at Southern Connecticut.
Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward posted his fourth double-double of the season in the victory over Loyola, with game highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds. He added six points and a game-high eight rebounds at American. Dudzinski made 61.1 percent of his field goal attempts on the week (11 of 18).
Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard scored eight points in the victory over Loyola, while tying his career highs with six rebounds and four assists. Thompson converted a key three-point play with 2:21 left in the Loyola game to put the Crusaders up by five. He also added 12 points at American, while hitting four of five field goal attempts.
Chris Fitzgerald (Assumption) – The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 points, three rebounds and one block per game in a 1-1 week for Assumption. He also shot 44.4 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three-point land (8-for-19) and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the line. Highlighting his week was a career-high 26-point effort in the win over Pace as he knocked down five three-pointers and was 5-for-5 at the free throw line. He added 11 points, behind a trio of threes, in the road loss at No. 19 Southern Connecticut.
Andrew Musler (Clark) – In a pair of huge wins over top-flight league opponents that put the Cougars back into the hunt for a playoff spot, the senior forward was fantastic, averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field (12-for-25), including a sizzling 6-for-11 from behind the arc. In a last second 71-70 win over Babson, Musler finished with seventh double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and ten rebounds. Then in another last second victory – this one a 56-55 win over MIT – he totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Matt Langadas (Nichols) – The junior guard averaged 16.5 points per game while shooting 71.4 percent from the field as the Bison went 2-0 last week and extended their program-record win streak to nine. He tallied 15 points, five rebounds and two assists at Roger Williams on Wednesday. He added a team-high 18 points against Salve Regina on Saturday. Langadas went 3-for-3 from behind the arc and canned 77 percent of his free throws.
Ryan Kolb (WPI) – The senior forward led all scorers with 23 points to go with his team-high eight rebounds as the fourth-ranked Engineers went on the road and defeated Coast Guard, 71-65, on Wednesday. The senior forward added nine points in WPI’s thrilling 71-70 victory Saturday over Springfield, which was a rematch of last year’s NEWMAC Tournament championship game. For the week, Kolb averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Dani Davis (WPI) – The junior guard was the game’s leading scorer, tallying 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including three trifectas, in WPI’s key 52-49 road win at Springfield on Wednesday evening. The junior was also a top contributor against Babson, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds, along with four blocks in a tight 55-53 loss Saturday to five-time defending conference champion Beavers.
Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The first-year center matched a season high with 14 points and he finished with five boards and five blocks in a 68-57 victory over Framingham State.
Cheyenne Jennings (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in an 0-2 including 17 points and six helpers in a 65-51 setback against Framingham State and 14 points and six boards in a 56-47 defeat at Suffolk.