UND's Stewart is Summit League player of week

UND's Stewart is Summit League player of week Click to Enlarge

For an unprecedented third time this season, senior guard Marlon Stewart has been named the Summit League Player of the Week by league officials on Monday.

In back-to-back wins over Denver and Western Illinois, the Rock Island, Ill., native averaged 21.0 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 6.5 assists per game to help push the Fighting Hawks back to the .500 mark in league play at 4-4.

Stewart started his week with 19 points to go with seven rebounds and seven assists in UND’s 78-71 victory over the Pioneers. The senior also went 10-for-10 at the charity stripe and matched his career-high with four steals to complete the season sweep over DU. In that game, Stewart became the 38th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark over his career.

Just two days later, Stewart followed that up with his second double-double of the season in an 83-77 win over Western Illinois. The senior scored 23 points to go with a career-high 10 rebounds against the Leathernecks. He also dished out six assists and his 13 made free throws are the most by a Summit League player in a game this season.

For the week, Stewart went 5-for-11 from beyond the arc (45.5 percent) and 23-for-26 from the foul line (88.5 percent). He leads the league in free throws made (120) and attempted (150) this season. Stewart enters this week as one of three NCAA Division I players averaging better than 17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 5.0 apg this season, joining Radford's Carlik Jones (19.7/5.0/5.5) and Western Carolina's Mason Faulkner (18.7/5.7/6.4) in holding that distinction.

Stewart currently ranks fourth in the Summit League in points per game (17.5) and first in assists per game (5.2), with the averages climbing to 21.3 points per game, 5.6 helpers per game, and 6.8 rebounds per game in league contests to rank fourth, first, and sixth, respectively.

North Dakota returns to action on Thursday evening at Purdue Fort Wayne.

(UND Athletics)

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