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Wilmington’s Corye Payton Picks up Sam Cozen Small College Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Honors

Friday, February 3, 2012 - Philadelphia, Pa.

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Senior guard Corye Payton (left) and head coach Mike Gallagher

Wilmington University men’s basketball senior Corye Payton was honored as the Sam Cozen Small College Player of the Week by the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association at their luncheon Tuesday, January 31.

Now in its 25th season, the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association honors area small college basketball players at their bi-weekly luncheons, not only for the performance on the court, but for their leadership and academic success, ideals emphasized by the late Sam Cozen, longtime coach at Drexel University and for whom the award is named.

Payton (Burlington, N.J./Burlington Township) has the led the Wildcats for the majority of the season, posting a team best 16.9 points per game in 19 games. The senior is also third on the team in rebounds, grabbing 4.9 boards a game while also leading the team behind the three-point arc, sinking 44 of 103 attempted for a 43.7 percentage rate.

This past week, Payton raised his season average in Central Athletic Collegiate Conference games against Dominican and Philadelphia. He averaged 20 points a game while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor, including 5-of-11 from three-point territory. He was also second on the team in assists, dishing out four helpers in the two losses.

He has scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games, and had a season high 28 points at Holy Family on January 14. Payton moved up one spot among the CACC scoring leaders, now sitting in sixth for the season. As a guard, he boasts the ninth best field goal percentage in the conference, shooting at a remarkable 52.8 percent clip from the floor.

It is the first such award for the Payton in his career, and the first Wildcat to earn the award since teammate Matt King was honored on February 22, 2011. Payton was also recently honored as the Wilmington Men's Player of the Month for his play during the month of January. It is the second consecutive month he earned Player of the Month honors.

The Business Management major will lead the Wildcats in four games next week, starting with a CACC cross division matchup against Felician tomorrow at the Pratt Center. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.