ROCK HILL, S.C. — Josh Roper has been named the South Atlantic Conference men's basketball Player of the Week for the week ending January 17, 2011. It was the second time in the 2010-11 season that Roper has been honored with the award.
Roper, a senior guard from Charlotte, N.C. (Garinger HS / Pfeiffer University) led the Brevard College men's basketball team to a 2-0 week, leading the Tornados to victories on the road against Catawba and at home against Lenoir-Rhyne to improve to 5-1 in conference play and 7-3 overall.
Roper averaged 29.0 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 steals per game. Roper also connected on 53.1 percent (17-32) of his field goal attempts, 60 percent (6-10) of his 3-point attempts and 78.3 percent (18-23) of his free throw attempts on the week.
Roper scored 20 of his 27 points against Catawba in the first half, hitting four three-pointers and pulling down five rebounds in the opening half against the Indians, staking Brevard to a 39-24 lead. Roper finished the game with eight rebounds and added a steal in a rematch of the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship game.
Saturday against Lenoir-Rhyne, hit six of his first eight shots and scored 15 points in the first half to put Brevard up 35-32. As the game went into overtime, Roper scored four of the Tornado's eight points in the extra period, including the game-winner from the free throw line with 1.5 seconds left on the clock. Roper finished the game with 31 points, his third 30+ performance on the season and added five rebounds, a blocked shot and three steals in the win.
For the season, Roper leads the Tornados and the South Atlantic Conference with 24.6 points per game. Roper also is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game, 2.0 steals per game and 2.7 assists per game.