Stephon Baxter named Maine Rookie of the Week

First-year guard Stephon Baxter was named Maine Rookie of the Week by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association on Dec. 3, 2019. (File photo by Brewster Burns for Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates first-year guard Stephon Baxter was named Rookie of the Week on Tuesday by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association, following his key role in Tuesday's win at Southern Maine.

Baxter (Worcester, Mass.) finished with 11 points, five rebounds, five steals and an assist in Bates' 71-68 victory. Baxter took over the game over a stretch of 2:21 in the first half, making all five of his steals to go with six points and an assist in an 8-0 Bobcat run.

The 5-foot-10 Baxter has come off the bench to score in double digits in the last three games for Bates, including Monday night's 16-point performance in a 82-74 win at Johnson & Wales. Through four games he now averages 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists while shooting .444 (4-9) from three-point distance and .909 (10-11) at the free throw line.

Baxter is the first Bobcat to win MMBCWA Rookie of the Week honors this season; the last Bates recipient was Andrew Snoddy on Jan. 2, 2019.

The Bobcats (3-1) are ranked No. 2 in the MMBCWA weekly Maine Top 5 poll, after being unranked a week ago. They return to action Thursday at 7pm at Bowdoin, in the rivals' annual non-conference matchup.

Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association Weekly Release