Feb. 25 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany freshman Lance Beckwith (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy) earned a trio of awards for his play last week, including the PAC and ECAC South Region Player of the Week and a spot on the national website D3Hoops.com’s National Team of the Week.
Beckwith was chosen as the PAC Player of the Week Monday, which made him eligible for the ECAC honor he earned on Tuesday. Also early Tuesday, he was selected for the D3Hoops.com team, which selects five nominated players from across the country.
The 6-0 guard was spectacular in two wins last week for the Bison (16-10), which clinched the #2 seed in the PAC Tournament. He averaged 30.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in the victories. He scored 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting in an 82-77 win over Westminster last Wednesday. Then on Saturday, Beckwith equaled his career-high of 34 points by going 11-for-15 from the field, including 5-for-6 from three-point land, and added seven rebounds in a 74-65 win at Washington & Jefferson
The 34 points matched the same total he posted against the Presidents in their first meeting this year back on Jan. 21. In the two match-ups last week, Beckwith shot 63.6 percent (21-33) from the floor, 58.3 percent (7-12) from the arc and 80.0 percent (12-15) from the foul line.
The fine freshman season continued for Beckwith Tuesday night. He finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to help second-seeded Bethany overcome a 12-point halftime deficit and pull out a 74-69 victory over Thiel in the PAC Tournament Quarterfinals. The triumph sends BC, who is now on a season-long four-game winning streak, into the tournament semifinals, where they will host #3 Westminster Thursday at 7 p.m.
“Lance has done a great job helping us become a better team over the last couple weeks and in turn, deserves these individual accolades,” said first-year Bethany head coach Mike Summey. “For a freshman to step up in hostile environments like he has shows a lot about his character and toughness.”
Undecided on a major, Beckwith is the son of Levi and Lisa Beckwith of Raleigh, N.C.