Monday, December 20, 2010

University of Albany's Mike Black Selected America East Conference Basketball Player of the Week - UAlbany Sports 2010

Albany, N.Y. - University at Albany's Mike Black has been selected America East Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball, as announced on Monday, Dec. 20 by the conference office. The Great Danes have been honored with the weekly award for the third straight week and fourth time this season. Tim Ambrose (twice) and Logan Aronhalt were previously recognized.

Black, a sophomore guard from Chicago, Ill, scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half in leading his team to last Saturday's 77-57 victory over Mount St. Mary's. He tied season-highs in assists (5), rebounds (4) and steals (3). Black made a 3-pointer and hit a jumper to give his team an early 13-3 lead, before netting six points in a 15-6 run that handed his club a 38-25 advantage. In the second half, he made a jumper that beat the shot clock and canned a pair of free throws that extended the margin to 20-plus points.

Black, who has scored in double figures in six of seven games since returning from an ankle injury suffered in the season opener, is averaging 13.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds, plus is shooting 50.6 percent from the field. UAlbany (6-6) has won five of its last six outings.

Paw Prints: The Great Danes have received with the conference player of the week award for the third straight time, as Tim Ambrose earned the honor on Dec. 6 and 13 ... UAlbany last won three consecutive America East weekly awards in the 2005-06 campaign when Kirsten Zoellner, Jamar Wilson and Brent Wilson were chosen ... the Great Danes, who have won five of their last six contests, have reached the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 22, 2009 ... UAlbany has posted consecutive home wins for the first time since Feb. 22 and March 7, 2009 ... Ambrose extended his double-figure scoring streak to 12 straight with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists against Mount St. Mary's ... Logan Aronhalt (17.8 ppg) and Ambrose (17.3 ppg) are first and fourth, respectively, among the America East scoring leaders.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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