Men’s Basketball Players Earn CAA Honors

Posted: January 6, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University’s Lamar Butler, a communication major, was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) men’s basketball Player of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 2. It is Butler’s first weekly award from the CAA and the first Player of the Week honor for the Patriots.

Butler averaged 24.5 points and 4.5 rebounds as George Mason split a pair of road games last week. In two games, the junior guard made 16-of-30 field goals and connected on 52.9 percent of his three-point attempts. He was also 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Butler exploded for a career-high 36 points as the Patriots defeated Morehead State 76-65 last Thursday. Butler, who hit 12 of 20 from the floor, including 6 of 12 from three-point range, posted the highest single-game point total for a Mason player since 1999. He scored on three of his first four baskets and tallied the Patriots’ first 9 points of the contest. Butler finished the first half with 27 of Mason’s 42 first-half points. He also contributed 13 points and five rebounds in a loss at McNeese State last week.

This season, Butler leads George Mason and ranks third in the league in scoring at 18.1 points per game. He averages three rebounds per contest and is second on the team in assists (26).

The previous week, freshman Folarin Campbell, undeclared major, was named the CAA Rookie of the Week. It is Campbell’s first honor from the CAA, and was the first weekly award for any Mason player this season.

Campbell came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points in 24 minutes as George Mason defeated St. Bonaventure 95-58 on Dec. 21 in Olean, N.Y. His 19-point effort also tied for game-high honors. The guard was 6 of 10 from the floor, including two three-pointers, and shot 5 for 5 from the free-throw line.

Through 10 games this season, Campbell is averaging 5.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. He has made 81.3 percent of his free throws and has 13 assists and 6 steals.

George Mason, which is 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the CAA, headed into its full slate of conference games beginning last night. The Patriots fell to defending conference champion Virginia Commonwealth University, 81-74.

Comcast SportsNet will broadcast the men’s basketball game against University of North Carolina-Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 4:30 p.m. The broadcast is part of the CAA SunTrust Game of the Week.

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