CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Following his career-high 31-point performance in Saturday’s double-overtime win at the U.S. Military Academy, Loyola University Maryland’s Andre Walker was named the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday.
The award is the second in as many weeks for the Greyhounds after Jarred Jones won the honor on Feb. 1.
Walker scored 29 of his 31 points after halftime on Saturday and had 12 in the two extra periods to help Loyola to a 100-99 victory. His two free throws with 3.9 seconds on the second-overtime clock proved the difference over the Black Knights.
The sophomore guard made 15-of-16 free throws in the game, hitting his final 14 attempts from the charity stripe.
His 31 points far eclipsed his previous career-high set on two occasions. Walker previously scored 21 in a Feb. 2015 triple-overtime game against Colgate University, and he had 21 in January of this season at Lafayette College. He also had five rebounds, four assists, a blocked shot and a steal against Army West Point.
Walker helped the Greyhounds to a 2-1 record during the last week, averaging 19.3 points, 4.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals in the three contests.
On Monday against Colgate, Walker scored 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 68-65 victory. His final assist came on the game-winning three by Eric Laster with less than 10 seconds to play in regulation.
This season, Walker is averaging 13.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game through 23 contests. In Loyola’s 12 Patriot League games, he leads the Greyhounds with a 15.4 points per game average.
Prior to Jones receiving the award, the last player to be so honored for Loyola was Dylon Cormier in Nov. 2013.
The Greyhounds return to their home court for the next two games. Loyola first hosts the U.S. Naval Academy at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Reitz Arena.