On March 4, senior forward Mike Garrow of Terryville was named Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year, the first Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball player to be so honored; Garrow is one of five members of the program to be honored in the conference awards program.
The 6-foot-4 inch forward ranks among the conference leaders in in several individual statistical categories, including scoring (second, 17.6 ppg), minutes played (third, 33.8), rebounding (fifth, 7.9 rpg), assists (sixth, 3.1 apg) and free throw percentage (sixth, 81.7). An explosive scoring option, Garrow reached double figures in 27 of 28 appearances. He poured in at least 20 points in 10 contests, including a season-high 31 against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 15, 2014. Garrow also has a nose for the ball, pulling in double digits in rebounds nine times. He produced nine double-doubles during the 2013-14 season, including 17 points and a season-best 17 boards at Nichols College on Nov. 20, 2013. Garrow handed out a season-high eight assists to lift Eastern past UMass Boston on Jan. 11, 2014. He was named the Little East Player of the Week twice this season.
The multi-talented Garrow and senior guard Brian Salzillo of North Haven were repeat first-team selections for Eastern, while sophomore point guard Trachone Preston of Enfield joined his teammates on the first team one year after garnering second-team and Rookie-of-the-Year accolades. The three rank 2-3-4 in the conference in scoring. It marks the first time that as many as three Eastern players were voted to the first team.
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