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MONMOUTH, IL-Monmouth’s Justin Batterton (Astoria, Ill./South Fulton) earned his second men’s basketball Midwest Conference Performer of the Week honor in three weeks after a stellar performance helped the Scots move to the brink of the top spot in the league.
led Monmouth in scoring for the second straight week, helping pull the
Scots within a game of first place in the Midwest Conference, but it was
a rebound and assist that had the main impact last week. Trailing by
three at Illinois College with three seconds remaining, the senior
pulled an offensive rebound and kicked it out for an assist on the
game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime where
the Scots won 90-87. Batterton scored four of his 18 points in OT to
give Monmouth coach
Todd Skrivseth his 100th career win. Batterton pumped in 29 more points
in Saturday’s 86-76 win over Lake Forest, avenging a December loss and
moving the Scots just one game out of first place in the MWC. For the
week, Batterton averaged 23.5 points on 18-of-31 (.581) shooting from
the floor and 11-of-13 (.846) from the line and 5.5 rebounds per game
while dishing out five assists.