COLUMBIA, Mo. (LyonScots.com) – Lyon College sophomore Riley Jenkins has slowly improved his three-point shooting this season, his first with the Scots. The Norwood, Mo. graduate and transfer from defending NCAA Division II National Champion Drury University is now the No. 1 three-point shooter in the NAIA. Jenkins' play this past week has earned him the American Midwest Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week honor, the league office announced Monday.
The 6-0 guard is currently hitting 53.7% (59-of-147) of his three-pointers. He had his best week as a collegiate during games played on Feb. 24-March 2, hitting 13-of-19 (68.4%) from behind the arc and leading the Scots 16-14, 15-5 AMC) to a third-place finish in the regular season race and the most conference wins ever by the program (15).
All of his shots for the week were three-pointers. He averaged 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.5 steals in helping the Scots to a 2-0 week, as they finished the regular season winning 14 of their last 19 games.
Jenkins set a personal best with 24 points against Mid-Continent University on the road Thursday, hitting 8-of-11 (72.7%) from three-point territory. He also had six rebounds in the 73-57 win.
Earlier in the week he made 5-of-8 (62.5%) of his three-pointers, scoring 19 points, while pulling down six boards, handing out two assists and picking up a steal in the Scots' 69-60 win over Park University at home.
Jenkins has helped Lyon to lead country in team three-point field goal percentage (44.9%). He is currently ranked 16th in the nation and is tied for third in the Lyon single-season three-pointers made (79) and tied for second in free throw percentage (88.2%) all-time at the institution. His 2.72 three-pointers per game ranks 20th nationally.
He has connected on 52% (91-of-175) of his field goals on the year and 45-of-51 (88.2%) of his free throws, dropping in 10.6 points per game for the Scots.
Lyon College earned the No. 3-seed in the upcoming AMC Men's Postseason Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game on Thursday night, taking on the survivor of Tuesday night's play-in game between No. 11-seed Hannibal-LaGrange (4-24) and No. 6-seed Benedictine University at Springfield (13-16). The quarterfinal matchup will be played at 7 p.m.