Saunders, Thompson Earn First A-Sun Awards of New Year

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Belmont's Scott Saunders and FGCU's Bernard Thompson received the first Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball awards of the new year, announced Tuesday by the league office. Saunders guided the Bruins to wins vs. Marshall and North Florida, while Thompson helped the Eagles to a home victory vs. Maine with 15 points and nine rebounds.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Scott Saunders, Belmont
(Sr. – Forward – New Orleans, La. – Finance)
  • Second Career Player of the Week award; third for Belmont this season
  • Averaged 19.6 PPG and 9.0 RPG in two wins for the Bruins
  • Led Belmont to five-point win vs. Marshall with 23 points and nine rebounds
  • Added game-high 16 points and nine boards at North Florida
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Jakob Gollon (So., Mercer) – Averaged 12.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 5.5 APG on the week
  • Adam Sollazzo (Sr., ETSU) – Posted a career-high 27 points with six rebounds and five assists vs. Clemson
  • Torrey Craig (So., USC Upstate) – Scored 20 points on four three-pointers at South Carolina; added four boards
  • Keith McDougald (So., Jacksonville) – Tallied 10 of his 16 points in second half vs. Lipscomb
  • Aaron Graham (Jr., Stetson) – Scored a career-high 26 points vs. James Madison with nine rebounds
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK:
Bernard Thompson, FGCU
(Fr. – Guard – Conyers, Ga. – Athletic Training)
  • First Career Newcomer of the Week award
  • Posted 15 points and nine rebounds in a 84-72 win vs. Maine
  • Followed with 13 points at Mercer on 6-of-11 shooting
  • Has reached double figures points a team-best 10 times this season
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Travis Smith (Jr., Mercer) – Posted back-to-back 11-point games vs. Tulsa and Navy
  • Ty Greene (Fr., USC Upstate) – Registered 11 points at South Carolina with two assists
  • Adam Pegg (Jr., Stetson) – Averaged 15.3 PPG and 6.0 RPG in three contests this past week
2011-12 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Player of the Weeks
Date Player of the Week (School)
Newcomer of the Week (School)
Nov. 15 Kerron Johnson (Belmont)
Adam Pegg (Stetson)
Nov. 22 Ricardo Glenn (USC Upstate)
Brett Comer (FGCU)
Nov. 29 Marcus Dubose (ETSU)
Zavion Williams (Lipscomb)
Dec. 6 Kerron Johnson (Belmont)
Malcom Smith (Lipscomb)
Dec. 13 Jakob Gollon (Mercer)
Deonte Alexander (Lipscomb)
Dec. 20 Ricardo Glenn (USC Upstate)
Ty Greene (USC Upstate)
Dec. 27 Jordan Burgason (Lipscomb)
Travis Wallace (North Florida)
Jan. 3 Scott Saunders (Belmont)
Bernard Thompson (FGCU)

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