Payton Scores CACC Player of the Week

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Corye Payton of Wilmington University has been selected as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week. Garret Kerr of University of the Sciences and Khalid Samuels of Nyack College have been named the CACC Co-Rookies of the Week.

CACC Player of the Week

Corye Payton, Wilmington (Sr., G, 6-3, Burlington, NJ) - Averaged 25.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while 30 of his points came in a victory over Felician. Shot 55.0% from the floor in the games played on the week. 

CACC Co-Rookies of the Week

Garret Kerr, USciences (Fr., G, 6-3, Moorestown, NJ) - Recorded three more double-doubles and averaged 16.3 points and 12.3 rebounds. 

Khalid Samuels, Nyack (Fr., G, 5-9, Mt. Vernon, NY) - Averaged 19.5 points and 4.0 assists while only committing one turnover on the week. 

Honorable Mention

Mark DiRugeris Jr., Chestnut Hill (Jr., G, 6-1, Woodbury, NJ) - Averaged 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists while shooting 91.7% from the line.

Temi Adebayo, Philadelphia (Sr., C, 7-0, Ibadan, Nigeria) - Scored 22 points, 11, rebounds and 7 blocks shots against Concordia. Averaged 20.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 5.0 block shots on the week.

Leon Porter, Dominican (Jr., G, 5-6, Laurel, MD) - Scored regional best of 40 points against Post while making eight three pointers. Averaged 25.0 points on the week. 

Henry Messinger, USciences (Jr., F, 6-5, Trucksville, PA) - Netted 12 three pointers while averaging 19.0 points. 

CACC Notes

Bloomfield - The Deacons improved to 18-6 overall and 12-2 in conference play this week, picking up a pair of CACC victories over Nyack College and Goldey Beacom College. Sophomore forward Mike Williams (Trenton, N.J.) posted a season-high 23 points off the bench in the victory, while Terry Hicks (Neptune, N.J.) netted 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists to help key the victory. Hicks also notched a team-high 19 points in the club’s victory over Goldey Beacom Saturday afternoon, also adding six rebounds and four assists. Sophomore forward Kevin Udo (West Orange, N.J.) posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the victory over Goldey Beacom, while Ahmad Harris (Linden, N.J.) finished just shy of a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and a game-high seven assists. 

Caldwell - Caldwell won its only game of the week, an 85-55 triumph at Holy Family on Saturday. Freshman guard Wyatt Polk drained four three-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Freshman forward Michael Balkovic added 12 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, while senior guard Nikola Otovic contributed 12 points, seven boards and three steals. A third freshman, guard Kevin Walker, dished out a career-high eight assists to go with eight points and five rebounds. Otovic was one of six players in the region named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 Team earlier this week. The Cougars host Post on Thursday and Goldey-Beacom on Saturday in a pair of key CACC games this week.

Chestnut Hill - Junior guard Mark DiRugeris Jr. (Woodbury, NJ/Woodbury) recorded his 1,000th career point with a pair of game-clinching free throws in Chestnut Hill College’s 77-67 win at the University of the Sciences on Wednesday, February 1. He is the Griffins third student-athlete to reach the milestone this season with seniors, forward Dan Comas (Philadelphia, PA) and guard Brandon Williams (Philadelphia, PA) accomplishing the feat earlier this year; making the Griffins the first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II East Region program since CACC rival, Caldwell College had Sulaiman Muhammad, Michael Pero, and Paul Tonkovich reach 1,000 points in the 2002-2003 season. Additionally, with the 81-76 win over Nyack College, the Griffins collected their ninth conference win and ensured themselves their highest season win total as members of the CACC.

Concordia - Concordia went 1-1 last week with a win against Felician on Wednesday and a loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. Lavor Morris (Bronx, NY) led the Clippers on Saturday with a team-high 21 points which included a 4-of-5 performance behind the three-point arc in 26 minutes off the bench. For this week, Concordia will travel to Wilmington (DE) on Monday evening as the two teams will make up their game from Jan. 21st which was cancelled due to snow. On Tuesday, the Clippers will be right back into action with a game at Post then on Saturday Concordia will host Holy Family at the Meyer Athletic Center.

Dominican - The Chargers went 2-0 last week to improve to 13-7 overall and 6-6 in conference play. Junior guard Leon Porter recorded a career high and region best 40 points in a victory over Post University. 

Philadelphia - The Rams reverted back to their winning ways with wins over Wilmington (Del.) and Concordia (NY). The Rams bounced back this week with back to back conference wins lead by a balanced “inside out” attack. For the week senior center Temi Adebayo averaged 20 points per game coupled with nine rebounds and five blocks. Complimentary to the Rams’ inside attack was freshman guard Nick Schlitzer who averaged 15 points per contest on 9-17 shooting (53%) from the field. This week they leap back into action with an onslaught of conference contests against Chestnut Hill and then at Goldey-Beacom and Dominican (NY). 

USciences - Garret Kerr (Moorestown, N.J.) extended his streak of consecutive double doubles to 14, recording three more last week. The streak is the longest streak in NCAA Division II this season and the second longest active streak in all NCAA divisions behind A.J. Mathews of Division III Farmingdale State (18). In the most recent NCAA Division II Statistics report/rankings (2/2), Kerr continues to lead the country in rebounding, averaging 12.3/game.. Kerr also moved into the #1 spot in double-doubles with 14 and is ranked 56th in field goal percentage (54.1%)

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