South Kingstown native Tomas Murphy was recently tabbed the Colonial Athletic Association’s rookie of the week for the second time this season, picking up the accolade in the wake of a pair of double-figure performances off the bench for Northeastern.
The Prout School and Northfield Mount Hermon product tallied 10 points in an 82-66 setback to the College of Charleston Jan. 11, then scored a team-high 17 two days later in the Huskies’ 81-77 overtime triumph over UNC-Wilmington.
Murphy proved to be Northeastern’s microwave in their victory over the Seahawks, keying an 11-4 run in the opening half with three of his six field goals before picking up the Huskies’ first four points of the extra session.
The freshman forward was no slouch on the boards or at the free-throw line, picking up four rebounds on the evening while going 5-of-6 from the stripe.
The upending of UNCW marked the start of Northeastern’s current three game winning run, extended via a 90-70 rout on the road over William & Mary last Thursday and a 76-64 decision on home hardwood against Delaware Saturday.
As a result, the Huskies are now 13-7 on the season with a 6-2 mark in conference play, while Murphy is now averaging 16.7 minutes and 6.5 points per game.
Northeastern returns to action Thursday evening with a visit to Long Island to take on Hofstra before heading to the City of Brotherly Love for a Saturday matinee against Drexel.
Mistowski going strong in senior season
Narragansett alumna Leia Mistowski came within half a meter of besting her school record in the weight throw Friday in a third-place result at the VMI Keydet Invitational.
The ex-Mariner, who is currently in the midst of her senior campaign at William & Mary, achieved a toss of 18.60 meters, falling short of her record of 19.11 meters that was set at the Kickoff Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C., last month.
Mistowski’s earlier performance saw her eclipse her previous high mark of 18.39 meters, doing so with five of her six throws on the way to a runner-up finish.
Former Rebels swimming well
A pair of South Kingstown alumni produced successful performances in the pool this past weekend, with Sabrina Nuttall and Kristin Karpowicz winning races for their respective schools.
Nuttall claimed the 100-yard breaststroke for Maine in its dual meet versus Bowdoin Saturday, doing so in a time of one minute, 7.84 seconds.
The former Rebel also competed in the 100-yard freestyle for the Black Bears, touching the wall sixth in 57.22 seconds.
Unlike Nuttall, Karpowicz competed in just one event for Middlebury in its dual against Union, taking home top honors in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.93 for the homestanding Panthers.
Her triumph was one of 12 for Middlebury’s swimmers against the Flying Dutchmen, the Panthers gliding past their non-league opponents with a 205-74 decision.