McKeesport, Pa. – The Penn State University Athletic Conference announced their weekly award winner on Wednesday and for PSUGA there is a familiar face on the list. Junior Jordon Payne (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) was named the PSUAC Week 2 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Wednesday.
Payne, who won the award last week, improved on his first week of play in this week. In the three games he averaged 31.0 PPG and put up a season high 40 points in Sunday’s game against Southern State. Payne has a string of six straight games scoring 20 or more points and has scored 30 or more points three times in the last four contests. Payne leads PSUGA in PPG sitting at 25.4 and in three-point percentage at 52.6.
Payne is also making some noise around the PSUAC as he sits in fourth place in points per game and fifth in three-point shooting percentage. He is currently at 953 points in his PSUGA career and is quickly approaching the 1,000-point mark with just 47 points needed for him to hit that milestone.
Jordon credits both his teammates and head coach Tyler Care for believing in him and letting him take his shots. He says it has given him a lot of confidence and has helped him to relax on the court.
Payne has been a three-year starter on the PSUGA basketball team and is looking to possibly be the second player this season to hit the 1,000-point mark. With Payne only being in his Junior season he has a good shot at trying to catch former Lion Petrie Addison’s career point record of 1,290.
Payne has now won the Player of the Week award in each of the first two weeks of the season as he won the PSUAC Week 1 Player of the Week Award for his 20.7 PPG average over the first three games of the season.
Jordon Payne and the rest of the PSUGA Men’s Basketball team will be taking a break for the Thanksgiving Season, but will return to the court to start PSUAC Conference Play on Tuesday November 28th when they take on Penn State Beaver at 8 p.m.