Five Lions recognized by HCAC for their efforts on the court

Five Lions recognized by HCAC for their efforts on the court

This season has been an outstanding one for the men of The Mount St. Joseph University basketball team. Today that feeling has gotten better for five of them. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the 2016-17 men's basketball all-conference teams today. 

Representing the Lions on the first team was junior guard Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/ Walnut Hills). Finley was the leading scorer for the Mount this season averaging 16.3 ppg, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the three point line. Finley eclipsed the 20-point mark in 9 games for the Lions this season, including a career-high 32 point effort at Berea College. Finley also averaged a team high 3 assists per game. 

Also representing the Lions on the all-HCAC list this season were honorable mention selctions juniors Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon) and Jordan Henry (Lexington, KY/ Bryan Station). Edwards and Henry were two of the four Lions who averaged double figures in the points column this season. As Edwards scored 11.7 ppg on 61 percent shooting from the field which was good for fourth best in the conference. Henry added 11.4 points per game and 2.7 assists a game. These two performed well every game even while drawing tough defensive assignments. Each game Henry was matched up with the opposing teams best perimeter scorer, and Edwards routinely guarded the other teams best forward. 

Joining these three juniors on the all-HCAC honors list was freshman Adam Goetz (Erlanger, KY/ St. Henry). Goetz was named as the HCAC freshman of the year for his outstanding play. He was the Lions second leading scorer at 12.9 ppg and 2.2 assists per game. His best game came in a road vicory at Franklin when he scored his career high 28 points. 

The Lions were also represented on the all-HCAC sportsmanship team by Jake Cropper (Georgetown, OH/ Georgetown). Cropper was the Lions 6th man for most of the season and provided some much needed offensive punch off of the bench. He averaged 9.7 ppg while shooting 55 percent from the field and 51 percent from behind the three point line. 

The entire list of HCAC all-conference players can be found below:

2017 Men's Basketball All-HCAC

Freshman of the Year: Adam Goetz, Mount St. Joseph 

Player of the Year: Wes McKinney, Hanover

Coach of the Year: Jon Miller, Hanover

1st Team:

Trevor Lucas, Anderson

Austin Rohde, Bluffton

Cam Fails, Hanover

Wes McKinney, Hanover

Andrew Finley, Mount St. Joseph

Alex Jones, Transylvania

2nd Team:

Stanley Duncan, Anderson

Cole Hartman, Anderson

Aaron Mann, Franklin

Corey Muchmore, Hanover

Charlie Aimone, Rose-Hulman

Cooper Theobald, Transylvania

Honorable Mention:

Jared Wentling, Bluffton

Michael Parker, Defiance

Collin Wojcik, Rose-Hulman

Tyler Alexander, Manchester

Adrian Johnson, Manchester

Erik Edwards, Mount St. Joseph

Jordan Henry, Mount St. Joseph

Kyle Gullett, Transylvania

 

Sportsmanship:

Cory Kreiger, Anderson

Adam Hopkins, Bluffton

Chris Holmes, Defiance

Kenneth Stalling Jr., Earlham

Nick White, Hanover

Jake Cropper, Mount St. Joseph

Wade Stallings, Rose-Hulman

Derek Jeffries, Transylvania