CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- UMBC's Chris De La Rosa was honored by America East on Wednesday as the Retrievers' junior guard was named the 2011 America East Player of the Game.
De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) earned 13 Player of the Game awards during the season to receive the yearly honor. He ranks among the nation's assist leaders (15th) averaging a league-best 6.0 helpers per game. De La Rosa has also been a scoring force this season, ranking third among conference leaders with 15.9 points per game. The transfer from Siena also ranked second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.11).
The Player of the Game award was determined by tabulating award winners from the regular season. At the conclusion of each America East home game, a player was named the Player of the Game. Just one player was tabbed in non-conference games, while a player from each team was recognized during conference games. New Hampshire's Tyrone Conley finished a close second picking up 10 awards.
The league's annual awards, including the all-conference teams, as well as Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year, will be announced at the championship awards banquet on Friday, March 4 at 4 p.m. in Hartford, site of the 2011 of the America East Men's & Women's Basketball Championship Presented By Newman's Own.
Past America East Player of the Game Winners
2009-10 - Alvin Abreu, University of New Hampshire
2008-09 - John Holland, Boston University
2007-08 - Brian Lillis, Albany
2006-07 - Jamar Wilson, Albany