* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release

LARAMIE -- Hunter Maldonado was named the Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday, becoming the first Cowboy in school history to earn the honor three times in a single season.

Maldonado was also the first player in the league since Jalen Harris in 2019-20 to garner the award on three occasions in a season.

A native of Colorado Springs, Maldonado averaged 24 points per game, 6.7 assists and five rebounds per night.

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He has helped lead the Pokes to their best start in conference play since the 2001-02 team that also opened the season 8-1 in the MW. He shot 55 percent from the field for the week and was an impressive 19-of-23 from the free throw line.

Maldonado recorded a career-high 35 points in an overtime win against Colorado State. He shot 63 percent from the field in the game and added seven assists. He notched 16 points and seven assists against Boise State and finished the week with 21 points along with six assists and five rebounds against Fresno State.

Wyoming (19-3, 8-1) will host red-hot Utah State (15-6, 6-5) Tuesday night inside the Arena-Auditorium.

The Aggies have won five games in a row after getting off to a 1-5 start in Mountain West play this season. In the first meeting between these two programs in Logan back on Jan. 15, Graham Ike netted a game high 23 points and sank a dagger with 3.3 seconds remaining to give the visitors a 71-69 win.

Maldonado finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

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