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Chris Smith Selected MAAC Co-Player of the Week & PrestoSports/Met Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 12/15/2008
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Sophomore guard scored career-high 35 points in win over Princeton
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. Manhattan sophomore guard Chris Smith was named MAAC Co-Player of the Week and PrestoSports/Met Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week as announced today. Smith erupted for a career-high 35 points in a 70-60 victory over Princeton on Sunday at Draddy Gymnasium.


The Millstone, N.J. native buried his first seven shots of the contest, including three 3-point attempts. Smith shot 70.6% (12-17) from the field, 80% (4-5) from long distance and 77.8% (7-9) from the free-throw line. He added two steals and a block over 39 minutes of action.


Smith leads the Jaspers and ranks fourth in the MAAC averaging 15.8 points per game this season. He is tied for fifth in the league shooting 80% from the free-throw line. The 35 point performance marks the most scored by a Manhattan player since Devon Austin set a career-high with 38 points at Rider on Feb. 9, 2007.


About the PrestoSports/MBWA Weekly Player of the Week Award

Celebrating its fifth season, the Player of the Week Award is granted on a weekly basis by the New York Area Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. Each week, each of the nearly 75 schools that play college basketball in the Tri-state area have the ability to nominate one male and one female student-athlete, based upon their on-court accomplishments over the previous seven days. An esteemed panel of media members votes to select the winners from the nominations. All players who receive votes, but are not named the Player of the Week, are then named to the Honor Roll.

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