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Matarazzo named NESCAC Player of the Week in men's hoops

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates sophomore guard Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) has been named NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, announced today by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Matarazzo helped the Bobcats (10-6, 4-2 NESCAC) extend their win streak to four games, all against NESCAC opponents, by averaging 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Bates' 2-0 weekend in Connecticut. He shot 14-for-24 (.583) from the field and 13-for-14 (.929) from the free-throw line.

In Friday night's 84-80 overtime win at Connecticut College, Matarazzo exploded for a career-high 27 points, including a 6-for-6 effort at the line in the overtime period. The following afternoon at Wesleyan, Matarazzo scored 17 points, matching the previous career-high total he had set just seven days earlier in Bates' win over Bowdoin.

In the past three games, the 5-foot-9 point guard has raised his scoring average from 5.7 to 8.4 points per game. He currently ranks fourth in the conference in assists per game (4.38), 11th in steals per game (1.31) and 15th in three-point field goal percentage (.381). In NESCAC play, Matarazzo now averages 12.2 points per game, 15th best in the conference.

Matarazzo is the Bobcats' first NESCAC Player of the Week since Nov. 29, 2010, when Brian Ellis '11 earned the honor.

View the NESCAC Men's Basketball weekly release.