Nov. 28, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After breaking the Patriot League career scoring record and averaging 27.3 points in three games last week, Lehigh senior guard C.J. McCollum added another honor on Tuesday when he was named the ECAC Player of the Week.
McCollum was also named the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the 14th time in his career on Monday. The ECAC honor was the fifth in his storied tenure at Lehigh. It was the first ECAC weekly award given out in the 2012-13 season.
McCollum had a week to remember that culminated with him becoming the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer in Lehigh's 91-77 win at Sacred Heart on Sunday. McCollum needed 22 points coming into the contest, and scored 26 while breaking the record with a pull-up jumper with 12:53 left in the second half. McCollum topped the previous mark of 2,224 set by Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (1991-95). He averaged 27.3 points in three Lehigh victories last week while shooting 52% (28-of-54) from the field and 65% (11-of-17) from three-point range. McCollum put up 35 points in an 82-67 win over Fairfield on Monday, which included a highlight reel dunk that was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's top 10 plays. He followed that up with 21 points in a 73-66 win over Penn on Tuesday as Lehigh opened its home schedule with a pair of victories. McCollum also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the week.
McCollum was back at it on Tuesday with 30 points in Lehigh's 77-66 win at Quinnipiac to pad his career total to 2,258 points. He became the first player in Division I to register three 30-point games this season, and now leads the nation with 26.3 points per game for the year.
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