CARMEL, Ind. – Defiance College's Tyler Andrew (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for men's basketball, the conference announced on Monday afternoon after a vote of its sports information directors. It marks the first time Andrew has received the honor.
During the week of Nov. 18-24, Defiance played two games and improved to 5-0 overall on the season. A 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore forward, Andrew led the Yellow Jackets to a pair of wins at Thomas More University's Coach Connor Classic in northern Kentucky on Friday and Saturday as their top scorer and rebounder in both contests. For the week, he averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 58.6 percent (17 of 29) from the field and 83.3 percent (5 of 6) at the free throw line.
For the season, Andrew has started all five contests and put together averages of 13.6 points, 5.0 boards and 2.2 assists an outing. He is shooting 55.3 percent (26 of 47) from the floor, including 53.3 percent (8 of 15) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (8 of 12) at the foul line.
Defiance is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 7 when opening HCAC play at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m., following the women's matchup between the Jackets and Rose-Hulman, which begins at 1 p.m.