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Hirsh Earns Pair of National Accolades from & USBWA

Hirsh Earns Pair of National Accolades from & USBWA

ROME, Ga. — The honors continued to roll in for Elijah Hirsh of the Berry College men’s basketball team on Tuesday, as the senior earned his first career Team of the Week and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Division III National Player of the Week honors.

The recognition follows his second Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Player of the Week award announced yesterday afternoon. Hirsh has been collecting recognition after leading the Vikings to a pair of huge SAA victories this weekend, pushing the Vikings to first place in the SAA standings under first-year head coach, Mitch Cole.

In two games, Hirsh averaged a double-double with 20.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds. He also shot 52.2 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from three, passed 3.5 assists and earned 4.0 blocks per contest.

Berry entered the weekend tied for second place with several other teams, including Sewanee. In Friday night’s 69-64 overtime win against the Tigers, Hirsh scored 24.0 points on 9-for-15 shooting with 11 rebounds. He also earned four blocks including a huge stop against Sewanee’s Luke Smith (the league’s leading scorer) late in the OT period to secure the win.

Against Centre, Hirsh again posted a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. His performance helped the Vikings to their first regular-season win over the Colonels in program history, claiming first place in the SAA standings.

On the year, Hirsh is top five in the league with 16.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks per game and a 55.9 shooting percentage.