Nov. 29, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball player Pat Joseph (Queens, NY) has been named the Little East Conference Player of the Week for the week of November 22-28, it was announced today by the conference. The honor marks the second time in the senior's career that he has earned the distinction as he was also recognized by the conference for the award during the week of Feb 9-15 in 2009.

During the week, Joseph averaged a double-double of 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game over three games to help UMass Boston to its best start since the 2005-06 season at 3-1. The native of Queens, N.Y. recorded a 15-point, 14-rebound effort in the Beacons' 80-59 road victory at Fitchburg State on Wednesday night. Over the weekend during the 26th Annual UMass Boston Harbor Invitational, Joseph was extremely efficient from the floor, connecting on 17 of his 21 (.810) shots, to average 19 points while also grabbing 10.5 boards. His performance on the hardwood earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team, as well as receiving the John "Bill" Shay Award for exemplary sportsmanship and competition.

Over his three year tenure with the Beacons, Joseph has identified himself as one of the program's most tenacious rebounders, averaging 7.79 boards a game over 52 contests to rank sixth all-time for a career rebounding average. The forward has netted 673 career points for an average of 12.94 points per game and he currently ranks first all-time in program annals with a .563 field goal percentage (296-526).

UMass Boston is currently 3-1 on the year to match the program's best start since the 2005-06 season. The Beacons will be in action again on Thursday, Dec. 2 when they hosts Suffolk University at 7:30 p.m. in a non-conference match-up.