Higgins Jr. Earns Second Straight Patriot League Rookie of the Week
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Following a week highlighted by a career-high 26 points and nine assists in a convincing win at Bucknell, Keith Higgins Jr. of Lehigh men’s basketball has earned his second straight Patriot League Rookie of the Week award, as announced on Monday. Higgins becomes Lehigh’s first back-to-back Patriot League award winner since Tim Kempton was named Player of the Week consecutively in January of 2017. Higgins is the Mountain Hawks’ first consecutive Rookie of the Week winner since Kahron Ross in February of 2015.
Higgins averaged 15.0 points over three games last week, highlighted by a career-high 26-point effort at Bucknell Thursday. He also had a career-high nine assists with zero turnovers. Higgins scored 16 of Lehigh’s first 18 points, all coming in the game’s first 6:51, finishing 10-of-17 from the floor and 6-of-9 from 3-point range.
The West Hills, California native also posted 12 points against Holy Cross Monday and seven vs. Loyola Sunday. In Patriot League play, Higgins is averaging 15.7 points per game, which is second on the Mountain Hawks – only behind Evan Taylor.
📹@keith_higgins15 did just about everything last week to earn his second straight @PatriotLeague Rookie of the Week honor. #AllIn pic.twitter.com/UxAoDE0Dro
— Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) January 17, 2022 Taylor received honorable mention on the Patriot League Weekly honor roll, including a double-double and consecutive games of 20+ points. He wound up averaging 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over the three contests, which included two Lehigh victories.
The Mountain Hawks return to the court on Wednesday night when they travel to Navy to face the Midshipmen at 7 pm
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