HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University men's basketball junior wing James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) has been named the Choice Hotels/Co-Northeast Conference Player of the Week, the league office today announced. In earning the league's top weekly award for the second consecutive week, Feldeine averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block per game as the Bobcats split their two contests against Dartmouth and Vermont. He becomes the only player in the NEC to earn the award twice thus far in 2008-09. Feldeine's terrific week also got the attention of Midmajority.com, which named him its "Baller of the Week."
Feldeine produced the two biggest scoring outputs of his career in leading the Bobcats to a win at Dartmouth and a solid effort against Vermont. He began the week with a career-high 29 points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block at Dartmouth. In the final moments against the Big Green, it was Feldeine's defense and passing that led the Bobcats to a come-from-behind win. His steal with the Bobcats trailing by three and just over a minute remaining led to two James Johnson free throws to cut the deficit to one. After a defensive stop, he rifled a pass into the post, leading Justin Rutty to the hoop for the game-winning field goal.
Feldeine then scored a game-high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block against Vermont. The Bobcats cut a 20-point deficit with 6:37 remaining to three with nine seconds left, thanks in large part to Feldeine's 14 points in the span.
For the week, he shot 57.9 percent (22-38) from the floor, 50 percent (5-10) from long range and 85.7 percent (6-7) from the free throw line. His season averages improved to 18.8 points (2nd-NEC), 7.3 rebounds (7th-NEC), 2.5 assists (15th-NEC) and 1.3 steals (t-12th-NEC) per game. He's shot 49.6 percent from the floor (10th-NEC), 76.6 percent from the free-throw line (13th-NEC) and 40.0 percent from three-point range (t-14th-NEC).
The Bobcats return to action Dec. 29, when they travel to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown. The 1 p.m. tip will be televised live by NESN.