Feb. 16, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball player Pat Joseph (Queens, NY) has been named the Little East Conference Player of the Week for the week of February 9-15, it was announced today by the conference.

The sophomore nearly averaged a double-double in two games on the week with 20 points and 9.5 rebounds to go with four steals per game and added an assist and a block, while shooting a torrid 68.2% (15-22) from the floor and was also a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line. The forward began the week with his seventh double-double of the season on a career-high 24 points on 9-11 from the floor and 6-6 from the line to go with 10 rebounds, three steals and an assist to lead the Beacons to a 77-70 victory over University of Southern Maine on February 10. The encore from the 6'3" post player wasn't too shabby either, netting 16 points on 6-11 from the field and 4-4 from the line, while grabbing nine boards, blocking a shot and coming up with a career-high five steals vs. Plymouth State University on February 14.

A graduate of Springfield Gardens High School, Joseph is UMass Boston's leading rebounder with 7.4 caroms per game, while ranking second on the squad with 10.9 points and 1.4 steals per game, a .522 (107-205) field goal percentage and 14 total blocks in 23 games. He has ranked among the Little East Conference's best players all season, ranking in the top 10 in rebounding (third), field goal percentage (sixth), blocks (seventh) and steals (10th) per game. Joseph is one of three players to play in every game this season for the Beacons and has started all but two of those. The Queens, New York native has been one of the team's most consistent players as well, notching double-figures in points on 14 occasions, while pulling down seven or more rebounds 15 times and making multiple steals in 10 outings. The frontcourt player has been especially good over his last five games, averaging 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game, while shooting .531 (34-64) from the floor. He's also shown great improvement from the free throw line with 10 straight makes.

UMass Boston is currently 4-19 on the season, including 2-10 in Little East Conference play and will be in action again on Tuesday, February 17 when it travels to North Dartmouth, MA to take on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 7:30 p.m. for a Little East Conference match-up.