George Mason’s Lewis Named CAA Player of the Week

Posted: January 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason men’s basketball player Jai Lewis was named the Pioneer Electronics Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 4. The award is the first from the CAA for any Mason player this season and the first-ever Player of the Week accolade for Lewis.

Lewis scored 16 points, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, and made a career-best three steals to help lead George Mason to a 71-62 victory over Towson University Saturday in the CAA opener for both teams. It was the third double-double this season for Lewis and the fourth of his career.

A starter in all 10 games this year, Lewis is 2nd on the team in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game, and leads the Patriots in rebounding (7.3 per game) and field goal percentage (.567). He ranks 3rd in assists with 20, 4th in steals (11), and is tied for the team lead in blocked shots with 10. Among conference leaders, Lewis ranks 10th in scoring, 3rd in field goal percentage, and 4th in rebounding.

Lewis, who has appeared in 38 consecutive games and started 19, has scored in double figures 16 times in his career, including 9 double-digit scoring outings this season. He posted a career-best 19 in Mason’s 80-70 win at Duquesne, Dec. 20, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds 5 times in his career.

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