Platek hits 19, three 3s in Siena road victory; Harris waits for OK to join Rhode Island team

By R.L. Bynum

Andrew Platek scored 19 points, all in the second half, to lead Siena to a 73–76 road MAAC victory Friday over Quinnipiac for its third consecutive victory.

Platek made 3 of 4 3-point attempts, pulled down a career-high seven rebounds, and had an assist and two steals for the Saints (8–5, 2–0 MAAC).

Siena trailed by four at halftime but scored a season-high 52 points in the second half.

His 3-pointer with 3:32 left gave Siena the lead for good, and his short jumper with 1:50 remaining pushed Siena’s lead to eight. Platek added two free throws with 10 seconds left.

Platek rebounded after going 1 of 6 and scoring only two points in Wednesday’s 64–61 Wednesday win at American.

Rhode Island coach Archie Miller still expects Anthony Harris to join his team. But the former UNC guard still awaits the OK from the academic and compliance departments at the school, according to The Providence Journal.

“We don’t see any setbacks at this point for him joining our team,” Miller told the Journal. “Whether he joins our team for game action, that’s yet to be determined. I think the big thing is getting him here in the future as much as anything.”

Harris’ last game was in Carolina’s 74–58 home win on Jan. 8 over Virginia when he scored five points, including one 3-pointer.

“I think getting him here with our guys and getting him as part of our fold is a big part,” Miller said. “He can develop. He can help our team develop through the course of the year one way or another.”

Harris took fall semester courses from home to gain his academic eligibility.

The Rams (4–8) open Atlantic 10 play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Duquesne (ESPN+).

Kerwin Walton played 11 minutes in both of Texas Tech’s last two games, each home wins.

Walton had eight points and two 3-pointers in the Red Raiders’ 111–67 victory Dec. 21 over Houston Christian and had three points and one 3-pointer in Tuesday’s 110–71 win over South Carolina State.

Jeremiah Francis’ Emmanuel College team plays for the first time since Dec. 19 when it visits Augusta University at noon Saturday.

Checking in on 4 former Heels

Jeremiah Francis, Emmanuel College guard

6–1, 190 pounds | Junior | UNC 2019–20 (1 season)

Off this week
Season statistics —
10 games, 10 starts, 6.7 points, 29.8% FG, 28.0 3FG, 2.5 rebounds; totals of 19 assists, 8 steals and 1 block
Up next — Noon Saturday at Augusta; 4 p.m. Wednesday vs. Barton

Anthony Harris, Rhode Island guard

6–4, 190 pounds | Junior | UNC 2019–22 (3 seasons)

Because of academic concerns, his season hasn’t started yet but is expected to join the Rams soon.

Andrew Platek, Siena guard

6–4, 208 pounds | Graduate student | UNC 2017–21 (4 seasons)

64–61 Wednesday win at American — Started; 22 minutes, 2 points, 1–6 FG, 0–5 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block1 foul,
83–76 Friday win at Quinnipiac — Started; 27 minutes, 19 points, 7–12 FG, 3–4 3FG, 2–2 FT, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 2 steals
Season statistics — 13 games, 13 starts, 10.8 points, 49.5 FG%, 49.2 3FG%, 62.5 FT%, 2.8 rebounds; totals of 22 assists, 11 steals, 2 blocks
Up next — 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairfield, ESPN3; 7 p.m. Friday vs. Saint Peter’s, ESPN+

Kerwin Walton, Texas Tech guard

65, 200 pounds | Junior | UNC 2020–22 (2 seasons)

111–67 Dec. 21 win vs. Houston Christian — 11 minutes, 8 points, 3–5 FG, 2–4 3FG, 1 rebound, 1 turnover, 1 block, 2 fouls
110–71 Tuesday win vs. South Carolina State — 11 minutes, 3 points, 1–2 FG, 1–2 3FG, 1 rebound, 1 turnover
Season statistics — 11 games, 143 minutes, 38 points, 13–32 FG, 7–23 3FG, 5–6 FT, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks
Up next — noon Saturday at TCU, ESPNU; 9 p.m. Tuesday vs. Kansas, ESPN2

Photo courtesy of Siena Athletics


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