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Duquesne’s Eric Williams Wins A-10 ROW Again



Duquesne’s Eric Williams, Jr. continued his magical freshman season for Duquesne and added to his resume in what could out to be worthy of the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.

Today, for the fourth time this season, Williams was named the conference Rookie of the Week.

The highlight of his two games last week was his freshman-record 34-point performance in Duquesne’s double-overtime win over George Mason on Saturday.

Eric Williams Jr (50) hits a 3 pointer in overtime against George Mason on January 20, 2018 — DAVID HAGUE

Williams forced OT by nailing a 3-point shot with 6 seconds left in regulation. That shot from beyond the arc was one of nine made by Williams, which is a new school record.

Speaking of records set by Williams, the Michigan native posted his ninth double-double, which tied an Atlantic-10 record. The nine double-doubles ranks fifth among all freshman in the nation trailing only Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (15), Arizona’s Deandre Ayton (13), UNLV’s Brandon McCoy (10) and Trae McCoy (10) of Oklahoma.

For the season, Williams is averaging 15 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

Duquesne’s record for Rookie of the Week awards in one season is five set by T.J. McConnell in 2011 and Robert Mitchell in 2007.

Eric Wiliams Jr (50) goes in for the layup against George Mason on January 20, 2018 — DAVID HAGUE

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