Ekey had a team-high 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 27 minutes of action. He got his points in a variety of ways, going 5 for 7 from 3 and throwing down a highlight reel put-back dunk.
"It was just one of those days I was feeling good earlier in the game," Ekey said. "Like Coach was saying, everybody was unselfish and was finding me."
Three stars next in line:
Put it this way – everybody knew Rice was on the court for this one. The junior had a couple monster dunks from alley oops, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He missed all six of his tries from downtown, but added five assists, a block and a steal.
Maybe we should go ahead and slot Egwu for 10 points before every game. The junior center scored 10 again Sunday and now has reached that mark in all four contests thus far. He had seven rebounds and three blocks, too.
"He's continuing to get better," Coach John Groce said. "I love coaching him. His effort and attitude, you never question that."
Abrams offered another impressive stat line and improved his shooting, too. He needed only six shot attempts to score 12 points, hitting two treys. He added eight rebounds, three assists and a steal.
"Every day coach challenges us to rebound, go in there and dig some out," Abrams said. "Tonight we exemplified that pretty well. It's something we've got to keep doing."
Previous Players of the Game:
Alabama State: Bertrand
Jacksonville State: Rice