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Gabsa Maldunas is all smiles during the final seconds of the victory over Columbia.

Maldunas Ends Season as He Started It as Ivy Player of the Week

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 03/11/2013
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth sophomore Gabas Maldunas was named the Ivy League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the final week of the 2012-13 season for his performances against Cornell and Columbia. This is the second such honor for the forward/center, having earned the award after the first weekend of competition this year.

Against the Big Red, Maldunas led Dartmouth to its largest margin of victory in a conference game in four years, 76-62, by scoring a career-high 28 points, grabbing eight rebounds, handing out three assists and blocking four shots. The Lithuanian knocked down 9-of-14 field goals on the night and 10-of-12 free throws to account for his scoring. The only time that Cornell led in the game was after it scored the first bucket of the second half. But Maldunas emphatically made it known that was not acceptable as he dunked to give Dartmouth the lead for good.

The next night, the 6-9 big man put 16 points on the scoreboard and hauled in a game-high nine rebounds to help the Big Green finish the season with a 64-58 victory and lift the team into a tie for sixth place in the Ivy League standings. Maldunas hit four field goals in eight attempts and 8-of-10 at the foul line, including 5-of-6 in the final three minutes to enable Dartmouth to hold off the Lions.

Earning a spot on the weekly honor roll was freshman Alex Mitola, who scored 15 points against the Big Red before going for 21 in the win over the Lions, popping four three-pointers in each game.

Maldunas first won this award after leading Dartmouth to a season-opening win over Maine with 25 points, which was his career high until Friday’s game versus Cornell.

Maldunas finished the season leading the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game with Mitola right behind at 11.3, making them the first two Big Green players to average in double figures since Alex Barnett ’09 posted 19.4 ppg in the 2008-09 season.
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