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For the third time this season, the America East Conference has named Mark Nwakamma its Player of the Week. Nwakamma, a sophomore, enjoyed a monster week, scoring 20-plus points in two outings to lead the Hawks to a pair of key league victories over Binghamton and Stony Brook.
Nwakamma averaged 22.5 points on 68-percent shooting from the field (17-of-25) while tallying 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals to push his team's record to 14-10 overall, marking the program's most wins in a season since the 2007-08 campaign (18-16). In addition, through 24 games, the Hawks are four games above the .500 mark for the first time in 16 seasons.
A forward, Nwakamma poured in a game-high 21 points on Wednesday to pilot the Hawks to a 76-62 victory at the Events Center in Binghamton. He shot 7-of-11 and finished 8-of-10 from the charity stripe, adding seven rebounds and three steals to that effort.
On Sunday, Nwakamma led Hartford in scoring for the fifth consecutive time this season to help his team snap a nine-game losing streak to Stony Brook with a 60-55 triumph at the Chase Family Arena. He tallied a game-best 23 points, marking his third-straight 20-plus point contest, on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor while assisting on two other buckets and pulling down six rebounds.
Hartford's top scorer with 15.3 points per game, Nwakamma has upped that average to 18.7 ppg since the start of league play, a number that tops the America East. Furthermore, he has scored in double figures in all 11 conference games, including eight outings with 20 or more points, and leads the entire conference with nine 20-plus point games this season.
Overall, Nwakamma is ranked in the conference's top 15 in points, rebounds (5.8 rpg), field-goal percentage (49.2-percent), steals (1.6 spg), and blocks (0.9 bpg).
With a 7-4 America East record and five more games remaining in the regular season, the Hawks have already matched their win total in league play from last season.