Three Vikings Honored on Men's Basketball All-Conference TeamPosted March 3, 2014
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THREE VIKINGS HONORED ON MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Marshall, Mo. (March 3, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s basketball team was represented by three student-athletes on the 2014 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference Men’s Basketball Team. Junior Guard Brad Hamilton (Pittsfield, Ill.) was named the Newcomer of the Year, and to the all-conference second team. Senior Guard Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.) and Junior Forward James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) were both named to the honorable mention list.
Hamilton earned his Newcomer of the Year award, and second team all-conference selection, finished his first season as a Viking leading the team in points scored (425), points per game (14.7), minutes played (906), three point percentage (39-percent) and free throw percentage (79-percent). At the conference level, Hamilton finished third in three point field goals per game (2.83) and third in total three point field goals (82). Hamilton’s best game of the season came on Jan. 11 when he scored 26 points on seven made three point attempts against Peru State College.
Thomas earns his first all-conference honor after finishing the season as the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 12.5 points per game, and the team leader in assists with 87 on the season. His best game came on Feb. 13 when he scored 24 points against Avila University.
Lane capped off his first season as a Viking averaging 11.1 points per game and leading the team by averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. Lane was also the team leader in field goal percentage, shooting over 53-percent on the season. Lane’s also finished the season with three double-doubles, including an 18 point 20 rebound effort against Culver-Stockton College on Feb. 20.
The Vikings finished the regular season with a 15-14 record, the first time since the 2009-10 season MVC finished with a winning record in the regular season, and an 8-10 mark in conference play.
The MVC men’s team will play at MidAmerica Nazarene University Wednesday in the first round of the HAAC Postseason Tournament, with tip-off at 7 p.m.
About Missouri Valley College
Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.