PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Eastern Connecticut State University's Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, Mass.) followed up his second straight Little East Conference (LEC) Player of the Week honor of the 2018-19 season by being named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week, which considered games played between December 17-30, 2018.
Gonzalez led the Warriors to a 3-1 record during that stretch to improve their record to 9-3 for the season. The junior point guard averaged 21.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.75 steals in an average of 36.0 minutes per contest. He did so while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor, 41.2 percent from distance (14-of-34) and was 12-of-13 from the foul line in four games.
In two games at the Springfield College Naismith Classic Dec. 29-30, Gonzalez led Eastern in scoring (21.5) and rebounding (7.5) average, three-point field goals (9), assists (7) and steals (7). In that tournament, Gonzalez shot 51.9 percent from the floor, 50 percent from distance (9-of-18) and was 6-of-6 from the foul line in a 79-73 loss to No. 16 Nichols College and a 74-59 win over Springfield, an NCAA Final Four team last year.
In the second half against Springfield, Gonzalez had nine points, five rebounds and a steal without a turnover on his way to totaling 14 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists. Against Nichols, Gonzalez had a season-high 29 points and a career-high five three-pointers along with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
In two games at the Miami Shootout (December 17-18), Gonzalez averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 4.0 rebounds as Eastern Connecticut posted wins over Carthage College (78-71) and Widener University (74-69). He scored 23 points with six assists, four rebounds and four steals against Carthage before netting game-high 20 points with eight assists, four boards and four steals to defeat Widener.
Gonzalez leads the Little East in steals (44), ranks third in assists (60) and 10th in scoring average (16.3 ppg). His 3.67 steals per game ranks him second in the nation, while his 44 total steals place him third in DIII.