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Jan. 22 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College junior Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 22.

Morando earned his first conference award after averaging 20.5 points in a pair of Bison victories last week. In a contest at Franciscan (Ohio) University last Wednesday, he went 5-for-9 from the arc as part of a 10-for-15 overall shooting performance. He went on to finish with a career-high 27 points in an 81-72 victory over the Barons.

Three days later, the 6-2 guard was one of six Bison to hit for double figures in a 102-61 triumph over Westminster, which moved Bethany back into a tie with Grove City for first place in the PAC. Morando was 5-for-6 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from deep, for 14 points in the victory, which was the third time this season BC has topped the 100-point mark.

For the week, Morando shot 71 percent (15-21) from the floor, 58 percent (11-19) from the arc and 75 percent (3-4) from the foul line.

Morando is in his first year with the Bison after spending his first two seasons at Marietta (Ohio) College, where he averaged 7.5 points in 33 games as a Pioneer. In his first season as a Bison, he is averaging 10.0 points per game and is shooting 51.9 percent from the floor (10th in PAC) and 45.7 percent from three-point land (fourth in PAC).

“Tyler had a great week,” said Bethany head coach Aaron Huffman. “He’s been a very efficient offensive player all season, as well as a solid defender. Tyler has been an outstanding addition to our program this year”

A marketing major, Tyler is the son of Tom and Tess Morando of Wheeling, W.Va.