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Josiah Johnson, Clif Carroll Recognized for Performances in the First Week of Play

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Josiah Johnson played no small role in the 2-0 start for the UMHB men’s basketball team this past week, and his efforts were recognized, as the guard earned the American Southwest Conference Player of the Week Award Monday.

Playing point guard the majority of the time, Johnson put up video game-esque numbers in the Cru’s season-opening victories over Hardin-Simmons and McMurry this past weekend, averaging 28 points and seven rebounds. He hardly missed from the free throw line, going 18-for-21 and demonstrated his quick hands with three steals. In an offense that shoots a high number of three-point shots, Johnson was accurate from behind the arc, knocking down 6-of-14 three-point attempts.

In addition it was Johnson’s first week as a Crusader, as he transferred following just one season at Southern Nazarene University.

Also in his first games at UMHB was head coach Clif Carroll, who guided the Cru to a 2-1 record on the week, the lone loss coming in an exhibition at Texas State. For his leadership throughout the week, HoopDirt named Carroll D3 National Coach of the Week, a high honor that also makes him eligible for the website’s National Coach of the Year Award.

UMHB returns to action for five games in seven days beginning on November 8, with a road game against Sul Ross State.

Riley Zayas
Riley Zayas founded True To The Cru in November of 2020 with the goal to cover the stories behind the score and give UMHB fans a closer look at the Cru while promoting the student-athletes and coaches that wear the purple and gold every day. He is also a national contributor to and, in addition to serving as a D3 women's basketball Top 25 voter. His byline has also been seen in: Sports Illustrated Kids, Horns Illustrated, College Baseball Nation, and FCA Williamson County. Follow him on Twitter @ZayasRiley.

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