Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sikma sighting

The over 40 set will see a familiar name when the Hartford Hawks hit the floor in Orono tonight.

The Hawks' Nate Sikma, a 6-foot-6 freshman forward, is the son of former NBA all-star Jack Sikma.

Jack Sikma was a standout, most notably with the Seattle Supersonics, and was known for his uncanny and unblockable shot that he seemingly released from behind his head. He is an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He launched his career from tiny Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

Nate Sikma was an all-state player at Bellevue, Wash., before enrolling at Hartford. He has started 12 of 16 games, posting averages of 9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He's shooting 41 percent from the floor, 28 percent from range.

His brother, Luke, was a standout at Portland University.

Note: Standout Hawks point guard Andres Torres was injured from a elbow to the head by Ben Dickinson in a win at Binghamton Sunday. The feisty backcourter bounced back from the blow and tallied 16 points in the Hawks' win over UMBC Tuesday ... Hartford has won three straight over the Black Bears, including last year's upset of third-seeded UMaine in the America East quarterfinals.

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