Navy has run off two consecutive Patriot League victories, and their offense has been on fire in each of the wins. Junior guard O.J. Avworo has been the catalyst of the Mids’ attack, and his ability to create and put points on the board earned him the first Patriot League Player of the Week honors of his career yesterday.
Avworo had double-doubles in each of Navy’s victories: 14 points and 10 assists in a 100-91 win over Colgate and 17 points and 10 assists in a 81-79 win over Bucknell. It’s the first time in Navy history that a player has recorded consecutive double-doubles in points and assists.
Avworo has had 10 assists in a game three times this season. He’s averaging 5.5 assists per game, which puts him 27th in the nation in that category. Avworo has also been more aggressive shooting the ball from the outside lately, making the slashing guard even more of an offensive threat.
The two wins in a row by Navy put the Mids’ record closer to the .500 mark at 11-12. But more importantly, Navy is now 5-3 in the Patriot, tied for second place with Lafayette with six regular season games to go. Next up for the Mids is a trip to first-place Lehigh on Wednesday. Navy beat Lehigh 94-83 at home in January in the second-highest scoring output for the Midshipmen this season.