Feb. 24, 2014
EASTON, Pa. – Following two wins over Holy Cross and rival Lehigh, Joey Ptasinski and Nick Lindner were honored as the Patriot League’s Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Ptasinski’s award is the first of his career, while Lindner claims his fourth Rookie of the Week nod.
Ptasinski led the Leopards by averaging 19.5 points per game, including tying his career-high with 23 points against Lehigh. The junior guard helped Lafayette to its fourth consecutive win by shooting 9-of-14 from beyond the arc over the two games, including a 5-for-8 effort against the Mountain Hawks. Ptasinski opened the week with 16 points at Holy Cross on 6-for-9 shooting and 4-of-6 from distance as Lafayette won its fifth consecutive meeting with the Crusaders at Hart Center. Overall, Ptasinski finished the week 12-of-18 from the floor, with 2.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals per outing.
Ptasinski’s three-point success moved him into fifth in Lafayette history with 169 three-pointers, and his career 42.1 percent mark from long range stands third in Patriot League history. The 6-2 guard sits at eighth in the country with a 45.3 percent clip from three-point range this season, and leads the conference with 72 total three-pointers.
Lindner was second on the Leopards in scoring this past week with 14 points per game and also averaged 5.5 assists per contest. He scored 17 points and handed out six assists in a 76-64 win over the Crusaders, and followed it up with 11 points and five dimes in a 77-71 victory against Lehigh on Sunday. Lindner shot 50 percent or better in each game and made 9-of-17 for the week, and also hit 4-of-6 three-pointers and 6-of-8 free throws in the two contests. The Pennsylvania native had four turnovers, two in each game, to go along with his 11 assists.
Lindner, a 5-10 point guard, leads all rookies with 3.9 assists per game and his 106 total assists are five shy a place in the top-20 on Lafayette’s single-season assists list. Lindner is second among freshman in scoring at 10.3 points per game, behind Lehigh’s Tim Kempton (13.3 ppg), who owns five Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.
It was the first time Lafayette swept the weekly awards since Dec. 27, 2007 when Andrew Brown ’09 and Deirunas Visockas ’11were recognized.
The Leopards return to the court on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. matchup with Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. The contest can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.