NJIT's Chris Flores Named GWC Player of the Week
March 4, 2013
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - NJIT's Chris Flores has been named Great West Conference Player of the Week after leading the Highlanders to a come-from-behind victory over Houston Baptist last Saturday to claim the GWC title. The award was announced Monday by the conference office.
Flores, the GWC Preseason Player of the Year, scored a game-high 21 points as the Highlanders overcame a 17-point first-half deficit in the 69-58 win over the Huskies, snapping HBU's eight-game winning streak in the process. The win avenged an earlier loss to the Huskies at Houston which set the Highlanders on their current five-game winning streak. The senior from Dorchester, Mass., also pulled down six rebounds, dished out two assists and recorded three steals as NJIT claimed its first-ever GWC men's basketball championship. Flores leads the GWC in scoring with 17.4 points per game and in steals with 2.3 per contest.
Others nominated for the weekly honor were Chicago State's Jamere Dismukes, Houston Baptist's Rob Lewis, Texas-Pan American's Brandon Provost, and Utah Valley's Ben Aird. In those other outstanding performances, Dismukes scored 25 points and posted six assists and three steals in a 76-69 loss at Utah Valley; Lewis came off the bench to score 16 points in HBU's loss at NJIT; Provost posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in UTPA's 71-57 win over New Orleans; and Aird averaged 24 points, seven rebounds, 2.5 blocks and two steals in two games last week--a 63-56 loss at North Dakota State and the win over Chicago State.