From the home office in Bethlehem

Highlights from Monday's official league release.

American -- Sr., G

Thomas picks up his third Player of the Week award -- the most of any player this season -- after helping American to a perfect 3-0 week that included wins over Yale, Navy and Lafayette. The senior guard from Herndon, Va., scored 14 points against the Bulldogs, 17 versus the Midshipmen and 15 in a two-point win over the Leopards. For the week, he shot 17-of-36 (47.2 percent) from the field, including 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range. He also totaled 18 rebounds, four assists, one block and five steals. For the season, Thomas is averaging 12.4 points per game, tied for 12th in the League.AU shares third place with Holy Cross with a 2-1 League mark.

Colgate -- Fr., G

Roemer is now a three-time winner of the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Week award, which ties him with Lafayette’s Bilal Abdullah for top honors. The freshman guard from Martinez, Calif., put up 15 points in each of Colgate’s losses this week, as the Raiders fell two points short against League front-runner Bucknell, and then climbed to within two of Holy Cross before succumbing in the final minutes at Cotterell Court. Roemer’s most impressive stat of the week came from behind the 3-point line, where he connected on 10-of-11 shots. He also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out three assists and tallied four steals.

  • Bucknell’s Kevin Bettencourt is the top free throw shooter in the country according to the NCAA’s latest statistics report released last Tuesday. After going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe against Army, the junior guard has connected on 55-of-58 free throws this season, good for 94.8 percent.

  • Holy Cross junior guard Kevin Hamilton is one of only seven
    players in Division I to currently rank in the top 10 of his conference in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Through games of Jan. 16, Hamilton is second in scoring (14.5 ppg), sixth in rebounding (5.9 rpg), tied for fifth in assists (3.1 apg) and first in steals (3.1 spg).

  • Army's So. C Jimmy Sewell is nearing an Army record. His 21 blocked shots are already just one shy of the all-time single season record of 22, held by Charles Woodruff and Christian Glowe.

  • Red-hot Bucknell has now now gone 47 days, winning won nine in a row. The Patriot League record for consecutive victories is 14 by former League member Fordham, accomplished in 1991.

  • Five of Lafayette’s 10 losses, including both of its Patriot League losses, have come by eight points or less. Three of those setbacks have been decided by a single possession.

  • Lehigh has now won four in a row on the road after starting the season 0-5 away from Stabler Arena. The Mountain Hawks wrap up a three-game League road swing this weekend with games at Colgate and Bucknell.

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