Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – A.J. Lawson, McNeese – Jr. – Guard – Bryan, TexasLawson connected on a season-high 11 shots out of 17 attempts and sank 13-of-14 free-throw attempts against ACU en route to his second 30-point performance of the season with a career-best 37. He dropped six points in the final five minutes, sinking all four attempts from the charity stripe to help the Cowboys stave off the Wildcats. With the Cowboys and Demons knotted at 49-49, Lawson scored or assisted on 20 points over the last 16 minutes of the game as McNeese went on to win by nine. Since Dec. 3, he is averaging 21.1 points, four assists and 3.5 rebounds across eight games, and the Cowboys are 5-3 in that span. Week 10 Southland Conference Release (PDF) FRISCO, Texas – McNeese guard A.J. Lawson is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. On the court for all but one minute in each of the team’s two games, he averaged 28.5 points and six rebounds per contest in a 2-0 week for the Cowboys. He scored a career-high 37 points in an 88-84 upset win over Abilene Christian on Wednesday and poured in 20 points and seven assists in an 85-76 triumph over Northwestern State on Saturday. Honorable Mention: T.J. Atwood, Lamar; Chudier Bile, Northwestern State; DeAndre Jones, Central Arkansas. McNeese (7-9, 2-3 SLC) looks to build on their first two conference wins at home against UIW at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before paying a visit to New Orleans at 6 p.m. Saturday.