Alvarado Nets First MAAC Player of the Week Award
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan senior guard Michael Alvarado gained his first career MAAC Player of the Week award after a terrific all-around game in the Jaspers' 99-90 double-overtime victory at La Salle on Saturday afternoon.
It is Alvarado's first career MAAC Player of the Week award. He earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors twice during his freshman season of 2010-11. Alvarado is the first Jasper to earn MAAC Player of the Week honors since George Beamon on November 26, 2012.
In what was the season opener for both teams, Alvarado made five of eight field goals, five of six from the free throw line to score 16 points. He also had eight rebounds from the guard spot and handed out a team-high six assists.
Alvarado was steady all game, but his most spectacular moment came midway through the second overtime period with Manhattan trailing by a point. Rhamel Brown fed Alvarado at the top of the key and Alvarado drained a three-pointer, his first of the game, to give the Jaspers the lead for good.
Alvarado later found a streaking Emmy Andujar for a basket that extended Manhattan's lead to six points with a minute left. He later calmly drained two free throws to help seal the win over the Explorers, which reached the Sweet 16 last March.
Manhattan will return to action on Tuesday, November 12 at Columbia at 7 p.m.