GREENSBORO - Austin Witter was only two blocks shy of breaking his former teammates' single-game record. He didn't get the record, but his defensive performance did lead the Aggies to a non-conference 71-66 road win over New Jersey Institute of Technology on Thursday.
Witter's eight-block, 11-defensive rebound effort against the Highlanders earned him MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Witter also had two blocks in the Aggies 77-66 loss to Seton Hall on Sunday. The single-game record for blocked shots is held by Thomas Coleman who had nine blocks against Coppin State on Jan. 14, 2008.
Coleman and Witter played together for two seasons.
The last two outings were particularly satisfying for Witter, a Princeton Junction, N.J., native, because it was a homecoming for him. Witter grew up 45 miles from Newark, N.J., where both the NJIT and Seton Hall games were played.
For the season, Witter is averaging 5.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. He is third in the MEAC in blocks and seventh in rebounding. Witter and the Aggies return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 19, when Eastern Kentucky comes to Corbett Sports Center for a 7 p.m., contest.