ASC MBB: Couch, Johnson, Licon named POTW 

Story courtesy: ASC Media Relations

Three players earned American Southwest Conference weekly honors announced on Monday with Belhaven’s Luke Couch earning East Division honors while Josiah Johnson of UMHB and Tristen Licon of Sul Ross State shared West Division award.


Belhaven sophomore guard Luke Couch (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) earned his second consecutive Player of the Week honors after averaging 34.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as the Blazers split on the road. In a 102-98 victory over Concordia Texas, he scored 32 points, going 15-of-16 at the line, with five boards and four assists. Couch followed with a career-high 37 points to go with five assists in a loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor. For the week, Couch shot 69.2 percent (18-of-26) from the field and 93.5 percent (29-of-31) from the free throw line.

CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Josiah Johnson, So., G, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore guard Josiah Johnson (Big Sandy, Texas) was clutch in scoring in both of the Cru’s wins, averaging 31.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.0 steals per contest to earn his third Player of the Week of the season. He had 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 74-71 victory over Louisiana College. Johnson had defensive rebounds on two of LC’s last three possessions and hit four free-throws to ice the win. He also tied the ASC single-game record by going 16-for-16 at the stripe. His half-court shot at the buzzer to end the first half highlighted a 34-point, eight-rebound performance in a 109-91 win over Belhaven. For the week, Johnson was 25-of-26 from the free throw line.

CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tristen Licon, Sr., G, Sul Ross State

Sul Ross State senior guard Tristen Licon (El Paso, Texas) moved into second place on the Lobos’ career scoring list after averaging 28.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in a pair of victories. He scored a career-high 36 points with 14 rebounds, tying a career-best, and four steals in a 77-70 win over Hardin-Simmons. Licon followed with 20 points, eight boards and four more steals in a 73-57 victory against McMurry. This is his second Player of the Week award of the year and seventh of his career.

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