ROCK HILL, SC -- Senior guard Wally Jones was named the South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league officials announced Monday morning. Jones was also crowned with Railsplitter of the Week laurels earlier this morning by the Lincoln Memorial University athletic department.
A 6'2" guard hailing from Greensboro, North Carolina, Jones led the Railsplitters, who came into the week ranked 20th in the NABC/Division II national poll, to a 75-68 victory over previously unbeaten King College with a 21-point performance marked by a 6-9 effort from beyond the three-point line. Jones also finished the contest with five rebounds, one block and a steal to lead the way for the Railsplitters.
The Railsplitters currently sit at 7-1 on the season and Wally Jones has been a key component of that strong start, as he boast a scoring average of 14.1 points per game to rank second on the team and first among the guards. He also leads the Lincoln Memorial back court with an average of 4.1 rebounds per outing, while leading the team in three-point field goal percentage (50%) and made three-pointers (23). He ranks fourth in the South Atlantic Conference at this juncture in three-point field goal percentage among those appearing in 60% of the team's games.
Jones has tallied double-figure scoring in all eight of the Railsplitters' games this season, highlighted by a pair of 17-point scoring efforts earlier in the season in wins over Newberry and Trevecca Nazarene.
He has nailed 38 of his 73 field goal attempts this season for a 52.1% mark, while dishing out 21 assists and leading the team with 10 steals.
The Railsplitters and Wally Jones will look to carry their momentum from last night's victory into Augusta, Georgia where they are poised to square off against 15th-ranked Augusta State University on Wednesday, December 19th. The Jaguars stand as the last remaining unbeaten in the Southeast Region.