Walker Named Patriot League Player of the Week After 43-Point Outing
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Fresh off a near-record setting performance on Sunday afternoon in Loyola University Maryland’s 83-77 victory over Lafayette College, Andre Walker was named The Rock Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday.
Walker finished Sunday’s game with 43 points, the third-most in school single-game history and the most by a Greyhounds’ player since the school elevated to NCAA Division I in 1981-82.
His 43 points are the most by a Patriot League player in a regular-season conference game since 2002 and are tied for third-most by a NCAA Division I player this season.
Walker connected on 16 of 26 field goals, including 6 of 12 from behind the 3-point line. His 16 field goals made rank third in school history, and during the game he also moved up two spots on the school's career scoring list. Walker passed Bob Connor (1,431 points, 1967-71) and B.J. Pendleton (1,457, 1991-95) to take sole possession of 11th place. He finished with a game-high four steals to move into a tie with Damien Jenifer (1998-02) for fourth all-time with 169.
He tallied 31 of his points, and all but 15 of the Greyhounds’ tallies, in the second half. He overcame a slow start to the contest after missing four of his first five attempts.
At one point in the second half, shortly after Cam Gregory gave the Greyhounds a 55-53 lead it would not relinquish, Walker scored 17-straight points for Loyola, outscoring Lafayette 17-5 over a five-plus minute stretch to help the Greyhounds pull away.
Overall last week, Walker averaged 22.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals in a trio of games. In 15 games this season, Walker leads Loyola with a 15.9 points per game average. His 22.5 points per game mark in six conference games leads all Patriot League players.
The weekly award is the fourth of Walker’s career.
Walker and the Greyhounds return to action in Reitz Arena on Wednesday, January 17, to host Bucknell University at 7 p.m.