Akanda-Coronel Named America East Player of the Week
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore guard, Dimitry Akanda-Coronel fueled the Black Bears to their first victory in over one month with his 27-point effort against Middle Tennessee on Sunday and was honored by the America East conference for his efforts, earning the America East Player of the Week award. This is the first time this season that Maine has received the honor and is the first of Akanda-Coronel's career.
The second-year player was two points shy of his career-best, set against NJIT earlier this year, and he did it with precision from beyond the arc. Akanda-Coronel shot 5-of-8 from long range and 10-of-22 from the field. He also helped a Black Bears team, which is starved for rebounds, as he was two boards shy of a double-double, recording eight.
Akanda-Coronel appears to have heat up again after starting the season with seven-straight double-digit point totals to open 2013-14. He was mired in a five-game streak where he didn't break double-figures but burst back onto the scene with his 27 point game against the Blue Raiders.
Akanda-Coronel is now second on the team in points per game averaging 14.9 per contest while he's fifth in the conference.
The second-year guard will attempt to give Maine its first two-game winning streak of the season on Monday when the team plays Chattanooga in the Dr. Pepper Classic championship, in Chattanooga Tenn. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.