Ben Sturgill

BOSTON-- Senior center Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) of the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team was named Co-America East Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in games against Boston University and Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

Sturgill, who spent most of January with a wired broken jaw, has been spectacular as of late and was key to UNH's impressive 73-64 victory over UMBC, which broke a Retriever three-game winning streak and gave the Wildcats a sweep of the season series.

Against UMBC, Sturgill recorded his fourth double-double of the season with team bests of 19 points and 10 rebounds. He was equally as impressive against the Terriers as he poured in 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the 79-63 loss to the conference's second-place team.

Sturgill is presently ranked 12th in the conference in scoring with an average of 12.3 ppg. and fourth in rebounding among the top America East players with 6.8 boards per contest. The big man is also a high-percentage scorer for head coach Phil Rowe, as Sturgill is ranked second in the league in field goal percentage with a mark of .542 (91-168).

Sturgill celebrated Monday afternoon with some fast food after he was cleared to have the wires removed from his broken jaw. With the wires gone, he can now eat solid food and will find it easier to breathe when he is playing or practicing.

Sturgill and the team will return to action on Wed., Feb. 2, when the squad entertains Northeastern University for the first time this season. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.

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