Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week
Manny Ubilla, Fairleigh Dickinson
Jr., G, 6-2, 185 lbs., Freehold, NJ/Freehold (Lackawanna JC)
In a game in which Fairleigh Dickinson rallied from an 18-point second half deficit, it was Ubilla’s late-game heroics on Saturday that sparked the Knights to a 96-95 overtime win over Wagner. Making just his second start of the season, Ubilla scored a career-high 25 points in the contest, hitting 8-14 from the field, 3-7 from outside the arc and 6-7 from the line. He also grabbed six rebounds and added two steals, an assist and a blocked shot as the Knights improved to 2-0 in NEC play. Ubilla scored six points in a 12-0 run that cut Wagner’s lead to 67-66 with just under six minutes to play, then tallied seven points in overtime. Trailing 91-86, he drilled a three-pointer with 2:29 remaining in the extra session, then sank a jumper to pull the Knights to within 93-91 at the 1:32 mark. Ubilla went on to convert the go-ahead layup with :46 left on the clock to give FDU its first lead in the overtime session. The Freehold, NJ native has now averaged 17.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.7 apg over his last three outings. Ubilla currently ranks second on the Knights in scoring (11.6 ppg) and leads the club with 25 three-pointers.
Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week
Kelly Beidler, Mount St. Mary’s
Fr., F, 6-5, 205 lbs., Virginia Beach, VA/Tallwood
Beidler has come on strong for Mount St. Mary’s and was a key figure last week when the Mount posted a 1-1 record, including a 78-76 win in quadruple overtime at Long Island on Thursday. For the week, he averaged 12.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, while hitting at a 60.0 percent clip (9-15) from the floor. Beidler, whose dunk with 1:02 left in regulation pulled the Mount to within two points of Long Island, scored nine of his 15 points in the overtime sessions. He finished the contest - which matched the longest game in NEC and Mount history - 6-8 from the floor and added seven rebounds. Two days later, the Virginia Beach, VA product tallied 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks in a 62-56 setback at defending NEC champion Monmouth. After scoring 21 points over the first eight games of his career, Beidler has posted double figure scoring efforts in each of the last four, averaging 13.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg. For the season, he has upped his scoring average to 6.2 ppg.