Riley Carel Ropes GNAC Player of the Week Award
Saint Martin’s guard Riley Carel was named the GNAC Player of the Week for his performances against Montana State-Billings and Seattle Pacific – an upset of the #11 ranked team in the nation in which Carel scored 17 points with eight assists against the school that he transferred from after the 2011-2012 season.
Here is the press release from the Saint Martin’s athletics department:
PORTLAND, Ore. – Saint Martin’s University men’s basketball Riley Carel was selected as the GNAC / Red Lion Men’s Basketball Player of the Week as announced today by the conference.
Carel, a 6-2 junior guard from Enumclaw, Wash., scored 29 points, including 17 in SMU’s 73-69 win over 11th-ranked Seattle Pacific on Saturday as the Saints beat the Falcons for just the third time in the 13-year history of the conference. He also had career highs for assists (8) and steals (5) in the win, while grabbing six rebounds and making seven of 12 shots.
He has scored in double figures in four-straight games for the Saints helping SMU to win three of its last four. During that stretch he is averaging 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 50 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
This season he ranks second in the GNAC in steals (1.8) and 13th in assists (3.0) while averaging 10.1 points per game and 4.9 rebounds shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Saints (5-7, 2-2 GNAC) are on the road this week in GNAC play traveling to Central Washington on Thursday, Jan. 9th for a game at 7:00 pm. SMU heads to Northwest Nazarene for a game on Saturday, Jan. 11th at 6:00 pm.