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Stansberry earns Big West Player of the Week for record third time

Eddie Stansberry’s performance on both ends of the court in the University of Hawai’i’s 80-75 victory over CSUN last Saturday did not go unnoticed. He was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

It is a historic achievement for Stansberry, who received the award for the third time this season. He is now the first UH basketball player to be named Big West Conference Player of the Week three times in the same season. UH has been competing in the Big West since the 2012-13 season.

Stansberry, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, in the Rainbow Warriors’ epic comeback victory over CSUN. He scored nine points during the game-closing run, when Hawai’i rallied from a 65-48 deficit with less than 11 minutes remaining. Stansberry also contributed three rebounds, three steals, one assist and one blocked shot.

Perhaps more notable, he played the entire 40 minutes and had the assignment of defending CSUN sharpshooting guard Terrell Gomez, who entered the game ranked second in the nation with 83 3-pointers. Gomez was limited to 13 points – seven below his average – and made just one 3-pointer.

It should be noted that three previous UH players (Anthony Harris in 1995-96, Anthony Carter in 1997-98 and Carl English in 2002-03) were named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week three times in the same season.

Here is the announcement from the Big West Conference …

EDDIE STANSBERRY, HAWAI‘I
MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • Guard • San Francisco, Calif. • Riordan HS

• Eddie Stansberry became the first Hawai‘i representative to collect three Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week awards in one season.

• The 6-foot-3 guard helped engineer a dramatic comeback that propelled the Rainbow Warriors to an 80-75 victory over CSUN on Saturday.

• Stansberry scored nine of his team-high 22 points in a game-closing 32-10 run that enabled UH to overcome a 65-48 deficit with a little over 10 minutes to play.

• His three-pointer kickstarted the comeback – one of five treys in the game for the sharpshooter – and another three brought UH to within two at 72-70 with 3:40 remaining.

• The San Francisco native posted his 11th 20-point game – the second-most in the Big West this season.

• In playing the entire 40 minutes, Stansberry also contributed largely on the defensive end, serving as the primary defender on Terrell Gomez. Stansberry helped limit Gomez to 13 points, seven below his average. Gomez took only eight shots all game.

• Stansberry filled out his stat line with three rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block.

• He made 8-of-19 floor shots, including 5-of-12 from three-point range and sank his only free throw attempt.

OTHERS NOMINATED: Junior Ballard (Cal Poly); Jackson Rowe (Cal State Fullerton); Lamine Diane (CSUN); Joe Mooney (UC Davis); Brad Greene (UC Irvine); Dominick Pickett (UC Riverside); Max Heidegger (UC Santa Barbara)

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