Junior sharpshooter scores 55 points in two games, including career-best 28 in 74-58 road win at Denver
Eastern Washington University sharpshooter Felix Von Hofe is entering league play on a hot streak.
The junior forward from Melbourne, Australia, was selected as the Big Sky Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after back-to-back career-best performances, the league office announced Monday (Dec. 21).
The 6-foot-5 Von Hofe eclipsed his career high in each of the last two games, finishing with 28 in a huge 74-58 road win at Denver on Sunday (Dec. 20) on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and 8-of-14 from the 3-point stripe. Von Hofe finished two treys away from the school record of 10. He also had six rebounds -- two from his career high.
One game earlier, he scored 27 at Western Carolina, which bested his previous high of 25 points set against Seattle on Nov. 18. He made 10-of-16 shots overall and 5-of-9 from the 3-point stripe against Western Carolina, for two-game totals of 19-of-34 (55.9 percent) and 13-of-23 (56.5 percent).
“I am pleased Felix is being recognized for his play,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford, whose team opens Big Sky Conference play on Dec. 31 at Northern Colorado and then plays Jan. 2 at North Dakota. “Even more than the award, he deserves recognition for his leadership as a team captain. He has elevated all he is doing to a high level.”
Eastern trailed early 16-11 at Denver, but Von Hofe scored 16 points in a 19-7 run in the first half to give EWU the lead for good at 30-23. The Eagles closed the half with an 8-0 run, then scored seven of the first eight points of the second half to take a 50-33 lead. Eastern led by no less than eight the rest of the way against a team that entered the game 3-0 versus the Big Sky and was 8-3 overall at the time.
“Obviously, Felix was really special,” said Hayford. “He’s a great shooter and it’s hard to take away his shot because he’s so tall and his release point is so high.”
Von Hofe is averaging 15.9 points per game this season, and ranks 10th in NCAA Division I in 3-pointers per game with a league-leading average of 3.64 per game. He is also 25th nationally and fourth in the league in 3-point shooting percentage (.465).