HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League announced its weekly award winners in men’s basketball this afternoon, and Dartmouth guard Malik Gill was selected as the Co-Player of the Week for helping the Big Green complete a road sweep at Columbia and Cornell over the weekend. This is Gill’s first career weekly honor and the fourth for a Dartmouth player this year.
He shared the award with Yale’s Justin Sears, who led the Bulldogs to a pair of victories over Princeton and Penn to move back into a first-place tie with Harvard.
Gill, a 5-9 junior from New Rochelle, New York, scored 14 points in each of the two games while shooting 70 percent (7-of-10) from the floor, including 60 percent (3-of-5) from behind the three-point arc. He also hit clutch free throws in the waning minutes of both contests, converting all 11 of his attempts. In addition, Gill led the Big Green with six assists in the win over the Lions and four more the next night at Cornell.
On Friday, Gill came off the bench in the first half with his team trailing, 17-13, and went right to work with assists on two buckets to tie the game and a breakaway layup off a long rebound to give Dartmouth the lead. In the second half with the score tied at 51, he fueled an 18-4 run with three assists, a three-pointer and a conventional three-point play. Gill then proceeded to knock down six foul shots in the final three minutes to help seal the win.
Less than 24 hours later, Gill spearheaded a 16-2 run to end the first half with a pair of triples, two assists and a steal as Dartmouth took a 26-14 advantage into the locker room. When the Big Red whittled a 20-point deficit down to eight in a two-minute span, Gill was there to stem the tide, stealing a pass and assisting on a fast-break layup. He also provided a driving layup to keep the difference at 10, then sank four free throws in the final 1:35 to secure the sweep.
Other Big Green players to earn a weekly honor this year are junior Alex Mitola as the Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 26, and freshman Miles Wright as the Rookie of the Week on Feb. 9 and again on Feb. 16.
Dartmouth will conclude its regular season by hosting Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday with tipoff set for 7 p.m. on both nights. Dartmouth will recognize senior Gabas Maldunas before the game on Friday for becoming the 26th player to score 1,000 points in program history. Senior Night will take place the following evening as the Class of 2015 will be honored before the start of the game. Both contests will be aired online via Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network.