SCSU’s Desmond Williams named NE-10 Player of the Year

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.), Austin Carter (Bloomfield, Conn.), Michael Mallory (Waterbury, Conn.) and Joey Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) of the Southern Connecticut State University men’s basketball team have all been named Northeast-10 All-Conference performers, as announced on Thursday. Williams earned the NE-10 Player of the Year and both he and Mallory grabbed a spot on the All-Conference First Team. Carter has been awarded with Defensive Player of the Year honors and Wallace made it to the All-Rookie team.

Williams has enjoyed a career season for the Owls. He has nearly averaged a double-double in his senior year with 22.3 ppg (third in the conference) and 9.9 rpg (second in the conference). He also added 2.4 spg (first in the conference) and 4.0 apg (sixth in the conference). He has set new single-game career highs in points (40), rebounds (15), assists (9), steals (5) and blocks (9) this season. He posted 16 double-doubles as a senior, tied for the fourth most in the nation. He also nearly recorded Southern Connecticut’s first triple double in over 13 years against Southern New Hampshire with the line of 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks. He has been named NE-10 Player of the Week three times this season and has also been honored as the National Player of the Week after he averaged 38.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 3.0 steals per game against Assumption and Bentley in late January.

Carter has had a breakout year for Southern Connecticut, averaging 9.6 ppg (third on the team), 7.4 rpg (second on the team) and 2.1 bpg (second in the conference). As a junior, he has tallied new single-game career highs in points (20), rebounds (18) and assists (5). He has also posted two double-doubles this season

This is Mallory’s third year being awarded with All-Conference honors. Two years ago, he was named the NE-10 Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Rookie team, and last season he was selected to the Third Team. This season, he has made it to the First Team after leading the Owls and finishing second in the NE-10 in scoring with 22.5 ppg. He is also the team leader in assists with 4.5 per game (fourth in the conference) and the team and conference leader in three-point field goals (87). Mallory set the new SCSU single-game scoring record on 1/30 against Bentley with 47 points and 10 three-pointers. Prior to that, he put up 43 against American International on 11/24. He also recorded a new single-game career high in assists with nine. He is the program’s all-time three-point leader in both makes (252) and attempts (650) and is currently ninth on Southern’s all-time scoring leaders list, 36 points behind former teammate Tylon Smith.

Wallace earned a spot on the All-Rookie team after averaging 7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.3 apg. He also leads the team in assists over its last 10 games after seeing more time as a point guard in the second half of the year. He recorded a double-double on 1/20 against Southern New Hampshire with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Southern Connecticut finished the regular season at 22-6 overall and 16-3 in the conference. It has clinched a first-round bye in the NE-10 Tournament and will host the winner of AIC and SNHU on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Owls are also ranked No. 3 in the latest NCAA Region Poll.

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