By Gabriel Rodrigues
Following the Laurentian’s men’s basketball home weekend performances on Jan. 16 and 17, Voyageurs’ captain, Tychon Carter-Newman, was named the Pioneer Energy Ontario University Athletics (OUA) male athlete of the week.
Carter-Newman, who is in his fourth-year, compiled back-to-back 20+ point performances to help the Voyageurs earn a split from their first home games of the New Year.
On Friday, Jan. 16, Carter-Newman scored 27 points collecting 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals in Laurentian’s 83-80 loss to the CIS fourth ranked McMaster Marauders.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, Carter-Newman obtained 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the Voyageurs’ 89-81 win over the Brock Badgers, improving Laurentian’s record to 4-7 on the season.
For Shawn Swords, Laurentian’s head coach, Carter-Newman’s achievement gives a “great example” to show exactly what you need to be successful not only on the basketball court. but in life as well.
“It’s easy to coach a player like that,” said Swords. “Over his time here, he has improved as a player, person and student. But basketball wise, he has added something to his game in every season. Last year, teams would have left him alone most of the time, thinking that he couldn’t score or shoot. Whereas this year he is hitting threes, takes the ball to the basket, and expanded his game and confidence on offense.”