CAPTION: Mount Aloysius’ guard Shawn Greenfield goes for a layup as Dillon Bender, far right hustles to assist during the recent win against Pitt Greensburg.
Cresson, Pa.–The duo of Mount Aloysius College guards Shawn Greenfield (12) and Dillon Bender (3) may already be giving Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) coaches headaches with their one-two scoring punch for Head Coach Lance Loya.
Greenfield, a senior point guard, has poured in 225 points in 10 games this season for a 22.5 average. He was recently named the AMCC Player of the Week on January 7th for his efforts against non-conference opponent Lancaster Bible and conference foe Medaille College. Greenfield scored a career-high 33 points in a 71-58 loss to Medaille, then recorded a career-high 10 rebounds to go with 21 points for his first double-double of the season in a road win over Lancaster Bible.
After being named Player of the Week, Greenfield continued his hot streak by matching his career high of 33 points against conference unbeaten Pitt-Greensburg on Wednesday, January 8th, in a crucial AMCC matchup. He drained a trio of three-point shots in the early going to give Mount Aloysius a 15-7 lead five minutes into the game, and mixed in a number of strong drives from the top of the key down the stretch to help secure a 91-90 victory that moved the Mounties to 2-2 in conference play and 5-5 overall.
While Greenfield usually finds himself on the ball, Bender has been deadly in the early part of the season on the wing for the Mount Aloysius squad.
“Dylan and I are a perfect match. I’m more of a slashing type and he’s a spot-up shooter,” Greenfield said. “He can space the floor and helps give me gaps in the defense.” Bender added that the pair “complement each other so well on the court.”
Often finding himself darting through screens to free himself up, Bender, a 4.0 student in the classroom, has hit 40 of 96 shots from three-point range for a 41.66% clip. Overall, Bender is averaging 18.9 points per game. Even though his shot was slightly off against Greensburg Bender still managed to register 21 points, including a clutch three with just over five minutes to go to give Mount Aloysius a 78-75 advantage.
Though they are strong players on the stat sheet, Loya has been most impressed with their demeanor on and off the court.
“Both guys are unselfish and neither guy has much of an ego,” Loya said. “They are good teammates and smart players which has helped them seamlessly fit into this year’s group.”
What makes Greenfield and Bender unique is that both started their collegiate careers elsewhere before finding a home at Mount Aloysius. Greenfield, a native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, made stops at Garrett Junior College in Maryland and Division II Francis Marion University before putting on a Mountie uniform. Bender, who hails from Seneca, South Carolina, played at NCAA Division II Anderson University in the 2012-2013 season.
While both are first-year players on a team that brought back eight contributors from last year’s 16-10 playoff squad, Greenfield and Bender have already seemed to develop a strong chemistry with one another and their fellow teammates.
“The team and coaching staff have done a great job of making me feel at home, especially the older guys,” Bender said. “They had a great team coming back, and I’ve just tried to be a good teammate and mesh well with the returners.”
Greenfield echoed Bender’s sentiments, especially in regards to his coach.
“Lance and I have always had a relationship since I played for Garrett and we scrimmaged the Mount,” Greenfield said. “Along with the team, he’s welcomed me here with open arms.”
And as they grow more and more comfortable in their Mount Aloysius surroundings, opposing coaches may continue to scratch their heads at finding ways to stop the conference’s top scoring duo.