ATLANTA - The Southern Athletic Association has announced on Monday that Sewanee point guard Luke Smith has earned the SAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week. This is his second honor this season for the sophomore.
Smith recorded a 52.4 percent (11-of-21) mark from the field and 19.5 points per game at the Comfort Inn and Suites Holiday Classic at Oglethorpe. The defending SAA Newcomer of the Year went 5-of-12 from 3-point range as he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.
In Sewanee's 79-76 victory over Bridgewater (Va.), he helped the Tigers overcome a first half deficit. After draining a triple with 9:42 left in regulation to even the score at 58 apiece, his teammates took over, sparking a Sewanee 12-2 run to secure the win.
The next day against the Ozarks (Ark.), he scored 20+ points in a game for the sixth time this season and the fifth time in the last six contests with a 22-point performance on 6-of-12 shooting and a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Smith leads all scorers in the league with 20.4 points per game and is tops in the SAA in free throw percentage (91.8) as he helped lead his team to a perfect 11-0 in non-conference play.
This is the second conference Player of the Week accolade. He also took home the honor on Nov. 26.
Smith and the rest of the Tigers return to the home hardwood this weekend for a two-game homestand. Sewanee will host the Warriors of Hendrix College Friday night inside Juhan Gymnasium.