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M-Basketball: Robitaille Recognized by LEC

Trinity performance nets senior forward Player-of-the-Week award

robitaille_TC_72_6736.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Senior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) has been recognized with a weekly award by the Little East Conference in men's basketball for the first time in his career when he shared honors as Player-of-the-Week in the weekly award program's second week, through games of Sunday.

In the team's fifth win in as many years over Trinity College last Tuesday, the 6-foot-5 inch Robitaille led all players in the game with 15 points (7-for-14 from the floor) and 12 rebounds with a career-high five blocked shots in a 56-53 victory that gave Eastern its second victory of the season in three games.

Behind Robitaille, Eastern erased a seven-point halftime lead, holding Trinity to two points and outscoring the Bantams 19-2 through the first 12 minutes of the second half. Robitaille had seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the second half.

Last year's LEC leader in field goal percentage, the four-year letterwinner was 3-for-5 from the floor in the second half. In 90 seconds in the second half, he grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, then blocked a shot and scored inside to give Eastern its largest lead, 46-36, with nine minutes left. After Trinity cut the lead to three, Robitaille scored in the paint again with the shot clock winding down to make it a five-point lead with two minutes left.

On the season, Robitaille averages 11.7 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds with a team-high seven blocked shots. He shares the conference lead in blocks per game (2.3), is tied for third in offensive rebounds per game (3.0), tied for fourth in assists per game (3.3) and tied for seventh in rebounds per game.

Eastern hosts Connecticut College Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


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