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Wildcats’ Protector of the Rim Earns CACC Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Week

Monday, December 2, 2013 - New Haven, Conn.

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Sophomore Ta'Vaune Griffin scored 13 points and added 13 rebounds against NYIT on Saturday. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

After protecting the rim and sending the Wilmington University men’s basketball team to a 1-1 week, sophomore center Ta’Vaune Griffin was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, announced by the conference office.

Griffin, a sophomore forward, led the team by averaging 11 rebounds per week last week, while also denying seven shot attempts in the two games. He helped the team open the CACC schedule with a 63-62 victory over Chestnut Hill on Wednesday before falling to NYIT on Saturday, 85-83, in overtime.

The 6-7 sophomore scored 12 points and added nine rebounds at Chestnut Hill before scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds against NYIT for his first double-double as a Wildcat. In addition to that payload, Griffin swatted four shots at Chestnut Hill while blocking three attempts against NYIT. Of his 22 rebounds on the week, 12 came on the defensive glass.

Wilmington’s next opponent will be USciences on Wednesday and the Devils are led by this week’s CACC Player of the Week Garret Kerr after he helped the team to a 2-1 week. He led the team in scoring in all three games scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season against Cheyney. He also scored a season high 28 points against Pitt-Johnstown before scoring 25 points and adding nine rebounds against #10 Indiana (Pa.).

Georgian Court’s Keith Hughes was named the CACC Rookie of the Week after scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double against Goldey-Beacom.

The Wildcats are at home twice this week, as they host the Devils on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and welcome Post University to the WU Athletics Complex for a CACC contest on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.