Minneapolis, Minnesota, sophomore earns weekly recognition for first time
EASTON, Mass. (January 2, 2018) – Stonehill College men's basketball sophomore swingman Will Moreton (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Edina) has been named the Spalding/Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week by the league office today.
Moreton led Stonehill to a pair of road wins to open its second semester schedule over the weekend by averaging 25.0 points on 50-percent shooting from the field (17-for-34), including 10-for-18 (55.6%) from three-point distance. He made all six of his free-throws over the two games and averaged 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocked per game.
Moreton led a balanced Stonehill effort in Saturday's 78-62 win at the University of Bridgeport, receiving votes in the D2SIDA Top 25 media poll and ranked No. 3 in the D2SIDA East Region poll, with a game-high 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting, including 3-for-6 from three-point range, and converting all four free-throw tries. He also filled the box score with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal in the victory. Moreton followed that up with a career-high 33 points in Sunday's 88-67 win at LIU Post on 12-of-21 shooting from the field, including 7-for-12 from three-point distance, while adding eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
Moreton, an NE10 All-Rookie Team selection as a freshman, has started all 12 games for Stonehill in his sophomore season and leads the team with 18.1 points (8th NE10) and 7.2 rebounds (9th) in 32.1 minutes per game. He is shooting 49.4-percent from the floor, including 44.3% (35-for-79) from three-point distance, leading the team with 83.9-percent (26-for-31) shooting from the free-throw line (7th), while also contributing 2.2 assists per contest this season.
Moreton has scored in double-figures in all but one game for Stonehill this season, posting his second career double-double with 19 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in an 82-78 victory over Franklin Pierce University on December 2 that sparked the Skyhawks current five game winning streak. He has led Stonehill in scoring four times this season, including each of the last three games, netting 20-plus points four times, including his first career 30-point game at LIU Post on Sunday.
Moreton has started all 39 games of his collegiate career at Stonehill, averaging 11.8 points on 46.1-percent shooting, including 40.2% from beyond the arc, in that time. He is a career 85.7-percent shooter from the free-throw line, also adding 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game over the first season and a half of his career. Moreton has scored 460 points over his career, with 219 rebounds, 74 assists, 36 steals and 33 blocked shots to date.
Stonehill (7-5, 4-3 NE10) carries its current five-game winning streak back into NE10 play tomorrow night, when it hosts American International College at Merkert Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at stonehillskyhawks.com. The Skyhawks will close out the week with its final non-conference contest of the season at Nyack College on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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