Junior forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had his hands full trying to replicate his performance while leading The University of Scranton men's basketball team to four victories in seven days over the holiday break.
A week later, Boken nearly did just that, leading the Royals to three straight victories in five days, helping to keep the team in a first-place tie in the Landmark Conference. As a result, he has been named the Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week for the second straight week and fifth time in his career.
Boken averaged 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 steals while playing 29.7 minutes per game.
All three victories during the week were nail-biters, and Boken played a big role in each one. He began the week with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in a 73-69 win over Drew on Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the Long Center. He followed that with nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a block in a 70-68 win on the road against Susquehanna on Thursday, Jan. 8. His defensive rebound with three seconds left sealed the win.
Boken capped the week with 24 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, a block and an assist in a 68-67 win over Goucher on Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Long Center.
Boken now has 1,061 career points, 36th all-time in Royals' history.
Scranton is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Ithaca College at 7 p.m.