Boston, Mass. - December 19, 2016 - Springfield College's Keegan McDonough (Bath, Maine) and Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) were both recognized for their impressive play last week, as they each earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Basketball weekly honors, announced by the conference office on Monday morning.
After helping to lead the Springfield College men's basketball program to a 71-70 upset win over No. 1 Amherst College last Wednesday, McDonough, a 6-foot-2 guard, was named NEWMAC Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Week, while Ross, a 6-foot-4 guard, was named NEWMAC Men's Basketball Offensive Player of the Week.
McDonough was sensational in Springfield College's victory over Amherst, as the first year helped the Pride to its eighth win over a top-15 Division III men's basketball team in the last seven seasons. McDonough was all over the court as he stuffed his stat sheet with nine rebounds, eight points, three steals, three assists, and a pair of blocks.
On the offensive side, Ross poured in 21 points to go along with 10 boards for his sixth double-double of the season. Additionally, the local product tallied three assists and three blocks, including two swatted Amherst three-point attempts in the final 13 seconds to seal Springfield College men's basketball's first-ever win over a No. 1 ranked team. To date, Ross is averaging 21 points per game, the second-highest total among all first-years at the NCAA Division III level, while his 9.9 boards per game ranks third-best. Additionally, his six double-doubles ranks second-best in the nation.
The Pride will return to action on Friday, December 30 when Springfield College hosts Elizabethtown in the first day of the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic. Tip off is set for 3 p.m.