MELBOURNE, FL - After two incredible performances last week, Florida Southern College men's basketball junior Jonathan Lawton has been named as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Lawton averaged 32.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last week as the Moccasins took down two of the SSC's top three teams. Florida Southern defeated both Eckerd (100-96) and No. 25 Barry (109-100) in overtime. Lawton scored 33 points in the win over Eckerd and followed that up with 31 points against Barry. He also dished out 11 assists in the two victories, six against the Tritons and five against the Buccaneers, while connecting on 45.2 percent (14-of-31) of his field-goal attempts and 27-of-34 free-throw attempts.
He has scored at least 30 points in four different games this season and ranks third in the conference and 34th nationally in scoring (21.2 ppg). Lawton ranks at the top of the SSC in both free-throw attempts (183) and free throws made (154). He is fifth nationally in attempts and third in made free throws. Lawton has scored 20 or more points in 15 different games this season.
Florida Southern men's basketball has now earned seven weekly awards from the Sunshine State Conference this year. In addition to Lawton's Player of the Week award, teammates Jack Rauch (Player of the Week - 11/27), Slinky Jones (Defensive Player of the Week - 1/8, 1/22, 2/5) and Brett Hanson (Defensive Player of the Week - 11/27; Player of the Week - 1/1) have also been recognized.
With the selection of Lawton (Player of the Week) and Jones (Defensive Player of the Week), the Mocs have swept the SSC men's basketball awards for the second time this season. In addition, FSC women's basketball players Camille Giardina (Player of the Week) and Anja Fuchs-Robetiin (Defensive Player of the Week) earned this week's conference honors on the women's side.
It is the first time in Sunshine State Conference history that a single member institution has swept all four basketball Player of the Week awards.