Rodriguez Carries Camels into First Place

Monday, January 18, 2010

MACON, Ga. – Campbell’s Jonathan Rodriguez pushed the Camels to the top of the Atlantic Sun standings with home victories against FGCU and Stetson. On Monday, he claimed his second Player of the Week award of the season, the conference office announced.

Rodriguez averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds, while shooting 61 percent from the field as the Camels increased their win streak to three. During Thursday's 61-45 win against FGCU, the senior from Bayamon, Puerto Rico broke Campbell's career rebounding record and tallied his 48th career double-double performance with 19 points and 10 boards. Rodriguez now totals 968 rebounds in 107 games. Joe Spinks held the record with 954 rebounds, set during his 1990-94 career. He sits three rebounds shy of Centenary’s Albert Thomas for third place on the A-Sun all-time leader board.

On Saturday, the business management major scored a game-high 17 points to lead four Camels in double figures in an 81-55 victory against Stetson. He enters the week only 15 points shy of breaking the school all-time career scoring record of 1,947, set by Sam Staggers from 1973-77, heading into this week's action at Belmont and Lipscomb. He has moved up to sixth on the A-Sun scoring chart with 1,933 points.

Rodriguez continued his charge towards two milestones. With 67 points and 32 rebounds, Rodriguez would join Centenary’s Willie Jackson as the league’s only members of the 2,000-point, 1,000 rebound club. Additionally, he would join Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody as the only active players on that list and become just the 101st player in NCAA history to reach achieve this achievement. He already owns the conference record for made free throws (573) and free-throw attempts (757). Both totals lead all active players.

Rodriguez has led Campbell to its best overall (11-5) start since 1993-94 and the program's best-ever start to an A-Sun season (6-1) since joining the league in 1994-95. Campbell has never sat atop the standings in the conference this late in the season as a member of the A-Sun.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers
Daniel Emerson, Mercer (Sr. - Forward - St. Mary's, Ga. – Business) – Posted his team-leading 10th double-double of 2009-10 (and 25th of his career) in Bears' win over USC Upstate. Emerson poured in 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. The senior helped Mercer to its fifth-consecutive win as a team.

Josh Slater, Lipscomb (Jr. - Guard - Nashville, Tenn. - Corporate Management) – Slater averaged 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists 2.7 steals and 1.0 block in a 2-1 week. Against Belmont, Slater led all players with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Thursday, he posted his second double-double of the week with 13 points and 10 assists off the bench. Slater returned to the starting lineup for the first time in six games Saturday against UNF, scoring 18 points and grabbing a team-leading seven rebounds as the Bisons rolled past the conference's most improved team 79-55.