By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Last season as a sophomore, Widener forward Greg Lawson put together a solid campaign for the Division III Pride. He averaged eight points and seven rebounds for a team that won just six games.
This season, the improvement for Lawson and the Pride is significant. The team has already eclipsed its win total of a season ago. They sit at 7-3 after Monday night’s win, 95-86, over Swarthmore.
As for Lawson, he had 14 points and 13 rebounds in that victory over the Garnet, good for his seventh double-double of the season. That is just about what Pride fans have come to expect from the Medford (NJ) Tech High School product. He heads into 2014 averaging 15.4 points and 13.4 rebounds a game. That rebound average has him ranked in the top five in the nation (through the NCAA’s last statistical report on December 15th).
“It’s all just mindset,” Lawson tells KYW Newsradio about his improvement. “Mentally preparing for games, taking that aggressive mindset to really push yourself to not take plays off. Really try to hit the boards hard.”