LOUDONVILLE — He’s the local kid on the team.
But, for some reason, Jordan King plays his best basketball on the road.
The Siena men’s basketball sophomore from Albany who played his high school basketball at CBA was named Monday the MAAC Player of the Week after a two-game series at Rider during which he set a new career-high scoring mark in each contest. King scored 21 points in Siena’s win Friday, then had 22 in the Saints’ Saturday win that set a new Division I winning streak record of 16 games for the program.
King was a walk-on last season for the Saints, and is a scholarship player this season during which the 6-foot-0 guard is averaging 14.2 points and 3.3 assists per game. Monday’s player-of-the-week honor was the first of King’s college career, while Siena freshman Colin Golson — who debuted against Rider — was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week.
While Golson — who averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game against Rider — gave the Saints a lift off the bench during their games in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, King made one big shot after another during a series Siena played without junior star Jalen Pickett (right hamstring) available.
“I just love his heart,” Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said of King after Saturday’s victory. “I think he’s just a warrior. I think he competes all the time he’s on the court, and he just continues to get better.”
And King seems to always play well on the road for the 6-0 Saints.
In his 36-game college career, King has played 16 home games, 19 road games and one neutral-court game.
During the home games, King has averaged 3.6 points per game on 26.3% shooting.
In the non-home games, King has averaged 8.5 points per game on 44.5% shooting.
“I don’t know. It’s just — I don’t know,” King said after Saturday’s game about why he’s played so well away from home. “I really couldn’t tell you. I just feel comfortable in road games.”
At Rider, King made 12 of 20 shots from the field, including 9 of 14 from 3-point territory.
Golson missed Siena’s first four games before debuting at Rider. A 6-foot-7 forward from Detroit, Golson impressed with his athleticism, shooting ability — and how quickly he looked ready to be a key contributor.
“He competes,” Maciariello said. “He’s not afraid.”
This week is the second in a row that saw Siena claim both the MAAC’s weekly awards. Senior Manny Camper won last week’s MAAC Player of the Week, while freshman Aidan Carpenter was named the league’s top rookie.
Siena plays Saint Peter’s this Friday and Saturday at Alumni Recreation Center.