PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Fresh off of its upset victory over No. 10 Eastern Connecticut, compounded by an earlier battle in the week against UMass Boston, the University of Masachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball squad went perfect in the Little East Conference (LEC) weekly awards, as sophomore Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) were awarded Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
It is the first weekly honor of the season for Williams Jr., as his pair of performances gathered conference attention. In the weekday battle against UMass Boston, the sophomore went for 11 points, four boards, five assists and a pair of steals. On Saturday, however, the Corsairs overcame the odds and took top-LEC ranked Eastern Connecticut into overtime for a 101-99 win to hand the Warriors their first conference loss after going a perfect 11-0. The second-year facilitator approached triple-double territory, as he went for a career-high 28 points to go along with eight boards and seven dimes. In the victory, he shot 9-of-15 from the field, and netted the most important bucket on the afternoon as he converted on the game-winning layup with 20 seconds remaining in the extra frame of play. The point guard is currently tied for third in the LEC in assists per game, averaging 3.7 helpers per contest.
Ashworth earns his third weekly rookie nod of the 2017-18 campaign as he proved a major factor to each of the Corsairs' close contests in the seven-day span. For the week, the freshman averaged 22.5 points on 60% shooting from the floor. In the Saturday victory, Ashworth poured in a career-high 31 points in 38 minutes, backed by four from deep and a near-perfect 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. The shooting guard currently leads the conference in three-point field-goal percentage (43.0).
The Corsairs move their record to 12-11 on the year and 5-7 in LEC play. The squad will resume competition on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. as they visit Rhode Island College.