ATLANTA (Jan. 14, 2019) – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) has announced that Elijah Hirsh of Berry has been named the SAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week.
For the week, Hirsh averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks per game. More importantly, Hirsh led Berry to two key wins over Sewanee and Centre. With that, the Vikings now lead the SAA standings under first-year head coach Mitch Cole.
In Friday night's 69-64 overtime win against the Tigers, Hirsh scored 24.0 points on 9-for-15 shooting with 11 rebounds. He also earned four blocks including a huge stop against Sewanee's Luke Smith (the league's leading scorer) late in the OT period to secure the win.
Against Centre, Hirsh again posted a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. His performance helped the Vikings to their first regular-season win over the Colonels in program history, claiming first place in the SAA standings. On the year, Hirsh is top five in the league with 16.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks per game and a 55.9 shooting percentage.