Ovie Soko’s double-double heroics weren’t enough to bring UAB their first conference win, as the Blazers lost to Marshall despite a big night from the Londoner.

Soko had 18 points on an extremely efficient 8-11 shooting, and added 11 rebounds and three assists. The London-born forward also didn’t turn the ball over as he put in one of his best performances of the season, but the Blazers still went down 61-59.

UAB also lost its second game of the week, with Soko managing just four points and three rebounds as he turned the ball over six times.

Andrew Lawrence continues to be the most consistent British player in college basketball. The GB guard’s shot wasn’t falling against UNC Greensboro, but he still managed to score 14 points after making nine trips to the line. Lawrence finished with seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. He followed that with eight points, seven assists and two steals in a blowout win over Elon.

Ashley Hamilton seemed a little rusty offensively on Thursday as he had eight points on 3-11 shooting in only his second game back from injury, but he looked closer to his early-season form in the following game against Gonzaga. Hamilton had 16 points on 6-9 shooting as his Loyola Marymount team lost a close one. He also had four rebounds and two steals.

Alasdair Fraser’s Maine team dropped two conference games this week. The Scottish forward made a good contribution in the first against Boston, putting up 14 points and eight rebounds, but fouled out after playing only 13 minutes against Albany. He finished with four points and four rebounds in that loss.

Ben Mockford struggled shooting the ball this week, going 1-8 for three points and 2-6 for two points in St Francis’ two games this week. He found ways to contribute despite that, grabbing five rebounds in the first game and dishing three assists in the second.

Shane Walker didn’t shoot the ball well this week, shooting a combined 3-14 in Loyola Maryland’s two games. He finished with four points, three rebounds and three blocks against Fairfield and five points and five rebounds against Iona.

Will Neighbour returned from injury and was able to help his team stay unbeaten in the Sun Belt conference, but he wasn’t as effective as normal. Neighbour had six points, three rebounds and two assists against Louisiana-Monroe and ten points and four rebounds on 3-9 shooting against Arkansas State.

Alex Marcotullio’s disappointing season continued as his missed free throws at the end of Northwestern’s game against No. 13 Michigan ended the Cats’ chances of springing an upset. Marcotullio had been fouled on a three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left and could have sent the game into overtime if he’d been able to sink all three, but the junior guard was unable to come through. Northwestern did get a big win over No. 6 Michigan later in the week though, with Marcotullio scoring six points in 15 minutes off the bench.

Aaron Geramipoor continues to provide defence and rebounding off the bench for Seton Hall. Geramipoor played eight and six minutes in two games this week for the Pirates, who were flying high in the Big East until they were upset by South Florida on Friday.

Another Manchester big man, Phil Wait, is playing a similar role for Monmouth. Wait had two points and three rebounds in 13 minutes against St Francis, then four points and two rebounds in 14 minutes against Long Island.

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