BOSTON – Jason Dunne, a junior guard on the University of Hartford men’s basketball team, was named the America East Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Dunne played an integral part in leading the Hawks to a 2-0 week with wins against Maine and Vermont, averaging 22.5 points and seven rebounds.
Hartford’s defeat of Vermont snapped the Catamounts’ 15-game winning streak, which was the longest in the nation. In addition, it ended the team’s 33-game conference win streak, which was an America East record. The Hawks locked up a home quarterfinal game in the upcoming America East Playoffs on Saturday, March 3, while the victory also snapped a nine-game skid against Vermont.
Earlier in the week, Dunne netted 19 points behind four three-pointers and came one rebound shy of a double-double in the Hawks’ 67-63 defeat of Maine on Thursday. Three days later, Dunne had one of his best games of the season at conference-leading Vermont. Dropping a game-best 26 points on a 5-of-10 effort from three-point range, he led Hartford to one of its biggest wins of the season to date — a 69-68 defeat of the first-place Catamounts.
The weekly honor marks the first for Dunne in his career, and the second for a Hawk this season. Last month, Travis Weatherington took home Player of the Week laurels on Jan. 15, after tying Hartford’s school record in three-pointers against Binghamton.
The Hawks have been on a roll away from West Hartford as of late, largely in part to Dunne’s contributions. Hartford has won each of its past five road games, and during that rally, he has averaged 20.4 points per game behind four 20-plus-point outings.
A native of Matawan, N.J., Dunne has been sensational for the Hawks this season. He is averaging a career-high 14.8 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting from the field, in addition to recording career bests in assists (2.5 per game) and steals (1.1 per game).
Dunne has emerged as one of the best three-point shooters in the conference, leading the America East with a career-high 81 long-range makes while ranking No. 34 among all NCAA Division I players with 3.0 makes per game.
Dunne and the Hawks look to keep the ball rolling with two games this week. Hartford will look to complete the regular-season sweep of New Hampshire when it hosts the Wildcats on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Hawks look to go 2-0 this season against Binghamton with a 4 p.m. tilt from the Events Center on Saturday.