COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball seniors Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) and Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) both earned a selection to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, March 1. Holton was recognized for the 10th time this winter while Crawford grabbed his sixth selection.
Crawford averaged 17.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists to 1.3 turnovers during a 2-1 week. In an 84-78 loss to Merrimack College last Tuesday, he notch 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal before totaling 14 points, seven boards, three assists and a steal in a 68-65 win against The College of Saint Rose in Friday's NE-10 Championship first-round contest. Crawford then hit a career-high six three-pointers on six attempts while notching 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in Sunday's 81-79 quarterfinal victory at No. 23 Southern Connecticut State University, which had won the Southwest Division regular-season title and is the reigning NE-10 Championship and NCAA East Regional Tournament champion.
Crawford has matched a career high with 12.7 points while setting personal bests in rebounds (6.1) and free throw percentage (80.8). Crawford ranks 13th in the NE-10 in free throws made per game (3.0), tied for 14th in assists (86), 15th in defensive rebounding (4.9) and 20th in assists per game (3.1). Crawford leads the Purple Knights in free throw shooting and assists (86), and is second in scoring and tied for third in steals (19). The shortest player in program history with 500 career rebounds, the 6-foot Crawford is ninth in school history in three-pointers (162), 13th in assists (317), 24th in scoring (1,232) and 28th in rebounding (554) through 106 games.
Holton shot 40.0 percent while averaging 18.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.0 assist last week. Against Merrimack, he dropped 19 points in 20 minutes along with two rebounds, two steals and an assist. Holton then went 3-for-6 from three-point land and sank 3-of-4 free throws during a 16-point, four-rebound and four-steal night against Saint Rose. Two days later at Southern Connecticut State, Holton poured in 21 points while going 11-of-12 from the charity stripe to accompany his two boards, two assists and two steals.
Holton leads the Purple and Gold in scoring (15.1), three-pointers (61) and steals (25) while ranking third in assists (56). He is 13th in the NE-10 in threes per game (2.3) and 15th in free throw shooting (79.5%). Through 111 career games, Holton is fifth in program history in scoring (1,742 points), fifth in three-pointers (221), sixth in free throws (375), 12th in field goals (573) and 17th in assists (272). He overtook Mark Mulvey '97 (1,700) and Ken Johnson '76 (1,733) on the all-time scoring list last week while becoming the program's third 1,700-point scorer in the last 27 years.
Saint Michael's is 18-10 overall and stands ninth in the latest NCAA East Region poll. As the No. 4 seed from the Northeast Division, the Purple Knights travel to Northeast No. 2 Saint Anselm College on Wednesday for an NE-10 Championship semifinal at 7 p.m.