February 11, 2019--Mount St. Mary's freshman Vado Morse (Suitland, Md.) has been named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week. Morse averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Mountaineers. It is the fifth time this season that Morse has been named the NEC Rookie of the Week.
Morse lifted his NEC Rookie of the Week award total to a conference-high five on the year, all coming over the last seven weeks. After pitching in with eight points, six assists and a pair of steals in a loss at LIU Brooklyn on Thursday, Morse exploded for 23 points, seven rebounds and five dimes while hitting 9-16 shots from the floor as the Mountaineers handed Sacred Heart its first home conference loss with a 76-73 win at the Pitt Center. His 20-footer with 1:16 to play gave the Mount a five-point lead and helped hold off a late SHU rally. Morse paces all NEC freshman and ranks 12th overall with 14.0 ppg. The Mount has earned NEC Rookie accolades in 9-of-14 weeks this season, while Morse's five honors ranks 10th on the league's all-time list.
The five NEC Rookie of the Week awards for Morse match Shivaughn Wiggins for the most-ever in a season by a Mountaineer. Wiggins was named the NEC Rookie of the Week five times en route to Rookie of the Year honors during the 2012-13 season. The Mount has earned NEC Rookie accolades in 9-of-14 weeks this season, while Morse's five honors ranks 10th on the league's all-time list.
Mount St. Mary's hosts rival Robert Morris on Thursday, February 14, with a 7:00 p.m. matchup at Knott Arena.