January 28, 2005
Senior Captain Bartas Samaitis of Vilnius, Lithuania has been named Sunrise Conference and Maine Men's Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week.
Samaitis averaged 28.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as the Bengals won two games on the road.
Samaitis, who surpassed the 1,000 point total during the game against Saint Joseph's College of Maine on December 11, is currently second in the state in scoring with 18 points per game.
Other state schools in the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches Association include The University of Maine at Presque Isle, U-Maine Machias, U-Maine Farmington, Husson, Maine Maritime, Colby, Thomas, University of Southern Maine, University of New England, Saint Joseph's College, Bates, and Bowdoin.
Bengal Red-Shirt Freshmen Billy Russo of Farmington, Maine is currently leading the Sunrise and the State in rebounds per game at 11.1.
Senior Captain Derrick Cooper is second in the Sunrise and fourth in the state in assists per game at 4.2.
Most important for the UMFK Men's Basketball team is the fact they have won 6 of their last 8 games going into a showdown on Saturday against U-Maine Machias in Machias.
The Clippers are ranked number one in the Sunrise Conference and are currently 28th in the latest NAIA national poll which was released Tuesday, January 25. They have beat UMFK twice this year including an 88-72 win at Fort Kent on December 12.
UMFK is currently in third place in the five-team Sunrise Conference.
On the women's side, freshmen Maryann Welsh of Brooklyn, New York has been named Sunrise Conference Rookie of the Week for her play over this past weekend in Vermont.
Welsh averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lady Bengals.
Welsh currently leads UMFK in scoring with 11.1 points per game and rebounding grabbing 7.3 per game.
The Lady Bengals currently sit at third place in the Sunrise Conference.