Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00
Two years ago, George Beamon dominated Nassau County basketball as a star player for Roslyn High School.
Now he is doing the same in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). A junior with Manhattan College, Beamon has been named both MAAC Player of The Week and on a national level, the Lou Henson Mid-Major National Player of the Week, an honor he shared with LaMarcus Reed III of University of Texas at Arlington.
During his big week, Beamon averaged 22.5 points and seven rebounds as he helped lift the Jaspers to wins over Iona and Siena.
In the two wins, Beamon shot 50 percent (16-32) from the field and 90 percent (9-10) at the free-throw line in the two victories that improved Manhattan to 5-2 in the MAAC, the Jaspers’ best conference start since 2005-06.Beamon’s week began as the Jaspers stunned Iona with a 75-72 victory in New Rochelle. In that game, he posted a game-high 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists as Iona suffered their first MAAC loss of the season. Also in the win, Beamon went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.
In the win over Siena, Beamon scored a game-high 24 points shooting 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) from the field to help the Jaspers score a 72-53 win at Draddy Gymnasium. Beamon also grabbed seven rebounds, had three steals and blocked two shots against the Saints. The Iona contest extended the Jaspers’ win streak to three games.
In 18 appearances this season, Beamon ranks fourth in the MAAC averaging 17.1 points per game, and he is tied for the league lead averaging 18.7 points in seven conference games. Beamon is second in the league for free-throw shooting percentage (83.9 percent) and he is third with a 44.0 percent 3-point field goal mark.
The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.