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Randy Monroe Named America East Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year; Five Retrievers Selected All-Conference
Darryl Proctor has recorded 12 double-doubles this season.
Jay Greene leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Vestal, N.Y.—UMBC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Randy Monroe was named America East Conference Coach of the Year and five Retrievers earned all-conference honors, it was announced today at the league’s championship awards ceremony.
Junior guard Jay Greene (
Vermont sophomore forward Marqus Blakely, who leads the conference in scoring and rebounding, earned Kevin Roberson Player of the Year honors, while Boston University wing John Holland was the league’s Rookie of the Year.
Greene directed the performance between the lines, as he dished out a UMBC single-season record 209 assists. He currently leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.37) and is third with 7.22 assists per game. The five-foot-eight dynamo sacrificed his personal scoring output on many occasions, but still managed 8.9 points per game and is fifth in the conference in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 41.4 percent.
Proctor burst on the scene in his first season at UMBC, recording 12 double-doubles and scoring in double figures in 27 of 29 games. The transfer from
Barbosa helped keep the UMBC offense going after Hodges went down with an ankle injury in late January. He has averaged 21.2 points per game in his last eight games and is currently fourth in the conference with 16.8 points per game. The James Madison transfer has hit 76 3-pt. field goals, just five shy of the school single-season record.
Hodges becomes the first Retriever to earn multiple conference honors, as he also was named to the second team in 2007. He was leading the team in scoring this season, until suffering an ankle sprain vs.
Johnson, the senior team captain, also came on strong down the stretch, despite coming off the bench in UMBC’s final ten games. He hit 61.2 percent from the floor in that stretch and averaged 14 points per game. The James Madison transfer capped the season by posting double-doubles in UMBC’s final two games, including a season-high 24 point effort at
The top-seeded Retrievers will take on eighth-seeded Stony Brook at noon on Saturday in the America East quarterfinals. Should the Retrievers advance through that round and the Sunday semifinals, they would host the league championship game on Saturday, March 15.
America East Men’s Basketball All Conference
Marqus Blakely, So., F,
Jay Greene, Jr., G, UMBC
Brian Lillis, Sr., G,
Darryl Proctor, Jr., F, UMBC
Joe Zeglinski, So., G,
Ray Barbosa, Sr., G, UMBC
Brian Hodges, Sr., G, UMBC
Mike Gordon, Sr., G,
Corey Lowe, So., G,
Mike Trimboli, Jr., G,
Tyrece Gibbs, Jr., G, UNH
John Holland, Fr., F,
Cavell Johnson, Sr., F, UMBC
Mark Socoby, So., G,
Lazar Trifunovic, So., F,
Coach of the Year: Randy Monroe, UMBC
Rookie of the Year: John Holland,
Defensive Player of the Year: Marqus Blakely,
Kevin Robertson Player of the Year: Marqus Blakely,