BETHLEHEM, PA (LeHigh) – Lehigh freshman point guard
has been named the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week, it was announced Monday. Ross averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 assists in two games for Lehigh last week, highlighted by a school single game record 14 assists to go along with 15 points in the Mountain Hawks' thrilling 84-81 triple overtime win at Arizona State Saturday night.
The Rookie of the Week award is the second of the season for Ross, who has started nine of Lehigh's first ten games at the point.
All 14 of Ross' assists came in regulation at Arizona State, eclipsing the previous record of 13 set by Mike McKee versus Holy Cross in 1994. Along with the 14 helpers, Ross turned the ball over just twice. Ross looked to create his own offense as the game went into overtime. In the second overtime, Ross knocked down a jumper from the top of the key with nine seconds remaining to force a third extra period. In the final overtime period, Ross made another clutch jumper which gave the Mountain Hawks a 79-78 lead.
Ross' 15 points against the Sun Devils came on 6-of-13 shooting, with a 1-of-2 effort from beyond the three point line and a 2-for-4 showing at the free throw line. He also grabbed four rebounds and made three steals to help lead Lehigh to its first-ever win over a Pac-12 program.
Earlier in the week, Ross contributed ten points and five assists as Lehigh fell 80-65 at Quinnipiac in its first game after final exams.
For the season, the Jonesboro, Arkansas product is averaging nine points and 5.6 assists per game. Ross is shooting nearly 44 percent from the field and has 56 assists compared to 25 turnovers while holding down the point guard spot for the Mountain Hawks.
Also on Monday, junior
garnered honorable mention recognition from the league. Goldsborough recorded his second double-double in three games with ten points and 13 rebounds at Arizona State. He averaged nine points, 8.5 rebounds and two blocks in Lehigh's two games last week.
Goldsborough leads Lehigh in field goal percentage (60 percent) and blocks (15) on the season, to go along with averages of 6.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
In total, three Mountain Hawks recorded double-doubles in the win at Arizona State with sophomore
(16 points, 11 rebounds) joining Ross and Goldsborough.
The Mountain Hawks (5-5) will visit UMBC Sunday in their final tune-up before Patriot League play begins on Wednesday, December 31. The UMBC game is set for a 5 p.m. start from Baltimore, with coverage on ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320 as well as ESPNLV.com.
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