Make that two in three weeks for Penn men’s basketball’s Ryan Betley.
After earning his first Ivy League Player of the Week award of the season two weeks ago by putting in a 55-minute effort at Monmouth, the sophomore guard won his second this week after totaling 41 points across three games.
In a week where the Quakers won three straight games in hostile gyms — including an upset over Dayton — several players inevitably ended up with outstanding stat lines. Among those was senior Sam Jones, who paced the team in three-point shooting. Betley’s stats were just as good, and perhaps more well-rounded, earning him conference recognition.
Betley’s week started with his second double-double of the season at Howard. He scored 11 points and snatched a team-leading and career-high 12 rebounds.
On Wednesday at Lafayette, Betley led the team with 16 points and shot above 50 percent from the floor, beyond the arc, and the charity stripe. His clutch shooting from the free throw line continued as he hit both of his shots with 19 seconds left to extend the lead to four and ice the game.
At Dayton, Betley scored 14 points, including a few key free throws down the stretch. The guard again shot 50 percent from deep to help the Quakers become the first Ivy League team ever to defeat the Flyers.
Betley currently leads the team in minutes on the season, and has played 33 or more in each of his last seven games. The Downingtown, Pa., native was the only Penn player to reach double figures in each of the games this week, and has only failed to reach that mark twice this season.
Betley will not win the award in the next two weeks as the Quakers have no games scheduled for winter break, but after the Red and Blue return to action, he just might add to his total.
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