January 28, 2019--Mount St. Mary's freshman Vado Morse (Suitland, Md.) has been named the Northeast Conference Co-Player and Rookie of the Week, announced by the league today. Morse averaged 24.0 points for the Mountaineers this past week. He is just the fourth freshman in NEC history to be named Player of the Week. Morse has been named NEC Rookie of the Week in four of the past five weeks.
Morse averaged 24.0 points while adding 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 45.0 percent from beyond the three-point arc. He becomes just the fourth freshman in league history to be named NEC Player of the Week, joining Wagner's Miladin Mutavdzic (2/2/92), CCSU's Corsley Edwards (11/30/98) and Sacred Heart's Cane Broome (12/8/14). Morse also took home his second straight NEC Rookie of the Week honor and fourth in the last five weeks. He joins Shivaughn Wiggins and Chris McGuthrie as the only Mount players to win NEC Rookie of the Week four or more times. Wiggins won five NEC Rookie of the Week awards for the Mount in 2012-13 while McGuthrie won four in 1992-93. Both Wiggins and McGuthrie went on to win the NEC Rookie of the Year award.
Morse scored a career-high 24 points in a 74-72 win over LIU Brooklyn, hitting 4-9 from downtown. His two free throws with 23 seconds to play gave the Mount a five-point cushion. Two days later, he matched his personal-best with 24 points and helped lead a furious comeback that came up just short in a setback to St. Francis Brooklyn. Morse hit three of his five trifectas in the last four minutes, the last of which brought it to a one possession game with 49 seconds to play. The Suitland, Md., native leads all NEC freshman and ranks 13th overall with 13.8 ppg on the season. He is the fourth-ranked NEC scorer in league play with 17.1 ppg.
The Mount completes its four-game homestand with matchups against Sacred Heart on Thursday and Saint Francis U on Saturday.