North Eastern Athletic Conference Student-Athlete of the Week Selections for 12-19-11

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball for the period ending December 18, 2011.

Brandon Hanks (Syracuse, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for his strong play for the Morrisville State Mustangs.  The sophomore guard earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Buffalo State College Cole Tournament this past weekend, guiding the Mustangs to a 1-1 record and a third place finish after averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game while going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.  Hanks opened the tournament with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals in a 77-70 loss to Capital University on Friday, and then went on to post 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 77-49 victory over fellow conference member Keuka College on Saturday.  Hanks currently leads the team in assists per game (3.8) while being second in points (12.4).


Nijah Townsend (Bronx, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for her solid play for the Morrisville State Mustangs.  In the team’s lone contest this week, the sophomore forward netted a collegiate-best 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Mustangs’ 73-63 loss to Brockport State in non-conference action on Friday. She shot 50 percent from the field (11-for-22) and also went 4-for-6 from the free throw line while playing in all 40 minutes of the contest.  Townsend currently leads the Mustangs in both points (13.4) and rebounds (9.2) per game.



The Rest of the Week’s Highlights: SUNY Institute of Technology junior forward Derek Rowe (Mexico, N.Y.) posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds during the Wildcats’ 93-63 setback to Cortland State in non-conference action on Friday … Gallaudet University senior forward Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points in the Bison’s 80-65 loss to undefeated Catholic University in non-league action on Saturday … Junior forward Megan McDermott (Greene, N.Y.) netted a game-high 21 points for the Cazenovia College Wildcats in the team’s 87-50 setback to Oswego State in non-conference action this past Friday.



The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of baseball, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s tennis.