BOSTON - By scoring 14 points at Liberty and leading the Wildcat offense with six assists against Suffolk, freshman point guard Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) has been named the America East Rookie of the Week after his first two collegiate games of his career.
Vetrano scored 12 of his 14 points against the Flames in the second half as the Wildcats came back from a seven-point deficit with 17 minutes remaining to win their season opener, 59-58, last Friday. Vetrano hit a three-pointer with 9:27 remaining to give UNH a 41-40 lead.
Against the Suffolk Rams, Vetrano struggled in the shooting department, but contributed to the 34-point victory in other ways. He dished out six assists, grabbed three rebounds, and earned two steals as UNH got off to its best start since the 1998-99 season.
This is the first weekly award for a UNH men's basketball player since Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) was named co-Player of the Week on February 22 of last season. The last Wildcat to receive the Rookie of the Week honor was Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia), named last January 4.
Vetrano and the rest of the Wildcats face their toughest challenge to date Tuesday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass., against the Boston College Eagles. The game at Conte Forum begins at 7:30 p.m.