James Johnson Takes Choice Hotels NEC Co-Player of the WeekHAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University men's basketball junior guard James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) has been named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week, along with Long Island's Julian Boyd. The award is the first of the year for Johnson, and the second of his career.
With the Bobcats needing a spark, Johnson was up to the task last week, averaging 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in Quinnipiac's 2-0 week. The 6-foot guard shot 55.2 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent from three-point territory, where he made 10-of-19 shots. On Thursday, the Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a 69-61 win over Robert Morris in a rematch of the 2010 NEC Championship game.
In exacting a measure of revenge against the Colonials, it was Johnson who willed his team to victory with a career-high 38 points, to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. He hit 12-of-21 shots from the floor, 7-of-13 from beyond the arc and 7-8 from the line. The 38 points were the most scored by an NEC player since Wagner's Joey Mundweiler hit for 39 against Monmouth on February 28, 2009, and the most by a Quinnipiac player since Rob Monroe dropped 40 versus Sacred Heart on February 3, 2005.
Johnson followed with 11 points, four assists and three trifectas in a 75-55 win over Saint Francis (PA)
on Saturday. A Queens native, Johnson has been a fixture in the NEC individual rankings this season. He leads the conference in assist/TO ratio (2.61), ranks third in made three-pointers (2.5/game), fourth in scoring (16.9 ppg), fifth in steals (1.7 spg), sixth in assists (3.9 apg) and 11th in free throw percentage (.829).