Jones wins 4th MSC POW award

PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee State senior guard James Jones continues to build a strong case for high mention in postseason accolades, as the native of Chicago, Ill. won his fourth Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award of the season on Monday afternoon — in a release put out by conference officials.

With his fourth MSC Player of the Week Award for the 2020-21 season, Jones has officially won more conference player of the week honors than any other SSU men’s basketball player in school history.

With this week’s honor, he broke a tie with former SSU greats Andre Horton and Tyler Morgan — who each won three conference player of the week honors themselves.

Jones — who averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and five assists over the course of the week — showcased a tremendous floor game at home against Pikeville.

He came within two assists of a triple-double while shooting 45-percent from the floor, 50-percent from three-point range and 85-percent from the free-throw line in a 101-90 victory over UPike.

Against Cumberlands (Ky.), Jones scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half — including nine of Shawnee State’s first 14 points in the game — to help the Bears claim a critical 85-78 road victory.

For the season, Jones leads Shawnee State in scoring (19.7), assists (4.9) and free-throw percentage (81.9).

All of those marks are also third overall of all qualifying players in the Mid-South Conference.

Jones is also averaging 5.7 rebounds and shooting 46-percent from the field.

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