RICHMOND, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- After a historic scoring performance over the weekend, sophomore guard Matt Lewis of the James Madison men's basketball team has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday.
Lewis averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as James Madison split a pair of road games last week. The sophomore guard recorded the fifth-best scoring performance in JMU history with a career-high 40 points and added seven rebounds and a career-best seven assists as the Dukes' knocked off Hofstra, 104-99 in overtime, ending the Pride's 18-game home court winning streak.
Saturday's 40 points on the road against the first-place Pride were tied for the fifth-most in JMU history and were the most since Denzel Bowles (2009-11) scored 40 at Towson on Feb. 15, 2011. Of the seven 40-point nights in school history, only Lewis, Bowles and Kent Culuko (vs. Rutgers, 12/22/93) have accomplished the feat since 1979.
He also tallied 15 points and a career-high nine rebounds in a loss at Northeastern. Lewis, who has scored double digits in 16 straight games, shot 46% from the floor, including 8-of-15 from 3-point range, for the week. After week, Lewis now has 931 career points in less than two collegiate seasons.
The award is Lewis' first career Player of the Week award after earning Rookie of the Week four times last season as a freshman. It marks the second time this year that a JMU player has earned the nod, after sophomore Darius Banks picked up the honors on Jan. 14.
The Dukes will return home to close out the regular season next weekend, welcoming Elon (7 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 28) and William & Mary (4 p.m. | Saturday, March 2) to the Convocation Center for the final contests of the year.