The SAA has announced the men's basketball Player of the Week for games played November 18 - 24 and Griffin Schamp of Birmingham-Southern won this week's honor.
SAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week - Griffin Schamp of Birmingham-Southern
Birmingham-Southern senior Griffin Schamp (pictured at right) had a productive week for his Panther squad. On Friday against Salisbury in the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic he scored a career-high 27 points, shooting 10-of-16 with four rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Then on Saturday against Stevenson, Schamp scored 13 points, including the game-winning layup with three seconds remaining. He shot 6-of-12 from the field with four rebounds, two steals, and an assist. He averaged 20 points per game, 4 rebounds per game, 1.5 steals per game and 1 assist per game while shooting 57% from the floor. For his efforts, Schamp was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Classic.
Other notable performances from around the league:
Berry's Mac Whalen scored a team-best 24 points as the Vikings won at Emory & Henry, 88-86, on Saturday afternoon. He was 7-16 from the field, made four 3-pointers, and all six of his free throws. Whalen keyed a late comeback by Berry. He made 3-pointers on three straight possessions and BC led 79-76 with 2:04 on the clock. Berry improved to 2-1.
Donovan Whiteside, a senior guard from Knoxville, Tenn., filled up the stat sheet for Centre during its three games over the week, averaging 14.3 points 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists as the Colonels went 2-1 over that stretch. Whiteside also had five steals on the week, shot 60.7 percent from the floor and a blistering 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from 3-point range. His best game came in an 89-64 win at Otterbein on Saturday when he went for a game-high 21 points with five rebounds, five assists and two steals while shooting 8-of-10 overall and 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
Hendrix senior forward Colton Primm helped the Warriors to a pair of road wins over the weekend by averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. In Friday's 54-52 win over LeTourneau, the Fayetteville, Ark. product scored 14 points, had two rebounds and dished out three assists. Primm tied his career-high with 20 points and had seven rebounds and a block in Saturday's 71-63 win at UT Tyler.
Millsaps' senior forward Ryan Berger scored 17 points on nearly 70 percent shooting for the Majors in a tough week that saw the Majors lose two games by a combined seven points. On Tuesday, Berger led the Majors with 19 points and 9 rebounds in a tough loss to Rust. On Saturday, Berger registered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Berger was pivotal in a second-half comeback against Covenant that saw the Majors erase a 17-point Scot lead.
Oglethorpe sophomore guard Drew Patrick had an excellent week for the Stormy Petrels, helping them to two victories to improve the team to 4-0 on the young season. In the team's 63-50 win at Warren Wilson on Thursday, Patrick scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also added nine rebounds. Then on Saturday, Patrick scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting in his team's 90-53 rout of Toccoa Falls, while grabbing eight rebounds. For the week, he averaged 16.5 points a game on 60.9 percent shooting while averaging 8.5 rebounds a game. For the season, he's fourth in the league in both rebounding (7.5/game) and blocks (4).
Rhodes' Geoff Livsey led the Lynx this weekend as they fought in two tough overtime battles. The junior had 19 points in Rhodes contest against UT Tyler, also pulling down five rebounds and one assist. The Austin, Texas native went 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the outing. Livsey dropped another 19 points in the Lynx next contest against LeTourneau University. He also added eight rebounds, two assists and shot 100 percent from the charity stripe, converting on all nine trips to the free throw line. This weekend Livsey averaged 19 points a game, 6.5 rebounds per contest, 1.5 assists a game and went a perfect 15-of-15 from the free throw line.
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report