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Bonnies’ Holmes, Johnson Earn Big 4 Weekly Awards

ST. BONAVENTURE — St. Bonaventure junior Jaren Holmes continues to have weekly awards come in after a performance to remember. After earning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors Monday, he followed that up by receiving Big 4 and College Sports Madness Player of the Week accolades.

Holmes was selected as the top Big 4 player during the past week and also cited by College Sports Madness as their A-10 Player of the Week.

The Michigan native poured in a career-high 38 points in the Jan. 6 victory over Saint Joseph’s, going 14 for 22 from the floor and 8 for 12 from beyond the arc. He added 10 rebounds for a double-double, also pitching in three assists. The 38 points are the most by any A-10 player in a single game this season while his eight 3s are tied for a conference season high.

For the season, Holmes leads the Bonnies with 14.4 points per contest while ranking second in the A-10 by shooting 52.2 percent from long distance.

He becomes the third St. Bonaventure player to earn Big 4 Player of the Week honors this season as the top player from Bonaventure, Buffalo, Canisius and Niagara, joining Osun Osunniyi (Dec. 22) and Kyle Lofton (Jan. 5).

The Bonnies return to action today at Fordham before welcoming Duquesne to the Reilly Center on ESPN2 this Friday night.

JOHNSON EARNS WOMEN’S HONOR

St. Bonaventure junior guard Asianae Johnson has earned Big 4 Player of the Week honors for her efforts last week.

Johnson averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in two Atlantic 10 contests for the Bonnies.

In last Friday’s matchup against Richmond, Johnson poured in 18 points to go along with six rebounds. She drew seven fouls driving to the lane and was 8 of 11 from the charity stripe.

In Sunday’s overtime loss to Atlantic 10 preseason favorite VCU, Johnson chipped in 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor and was 3 for 3 from the free throw line. On the week, Johnson shot 44 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the free throw line.

Johnson is averaging a team-high 14.1 points per game this season to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. She currently ranks 10th in scoring among all A-10 players.

Big 4 players consist of student-athletes from St. Bonaventure, Buffalo, Canisius and Niagara.

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