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IUP BASKETBALL: Hawks place three on All-PSAC West team

by By The Indiana Gazette on March 07, 2014 10:35 AM

Three IUP basketball players earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division honors. Mathis Keita and Marcel Souberbielle were named to the first team, and Devante Chance made the second team.

This is Keita’s second first-team honor in his two seasons with the Crimson Hawks. A senior guard from Thionville, France, Keita ranks second on the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game and leads in rebounding at 5.6. He has scored in double figures 21 times in 27 games and scored 20 or more points on eight occasions. He also averages 3.7 assists per game.

Souberbielle, a native of Montevideo, Uruguay, and the lone fourth-year player in the program, made the all-conference team for the first time. He averages a team-high 15.8 points per game and ranks second in rebounds at 5.4. The senior forward has reached double figures in scoring in 23 of 27 games, racking up nine games of 20 or more points.

He became the 28th player in school history to record 1,000 career points earlier this season and ranks 20th with 1,131 points.

Chance, a junior point guard from Philadelphia, also made the all-conference team for the first time as a first-year starter at point guard. He ranks second in the conference at 4.4 assists per game and also averages 11.0 points. He has played all 40 minutes in seven games.

Gannon, which tied with IUP for the PSAC West championship, earned three of the four top honors. Adam Blazek, a junior guard, was named the Player of the Year, C.J. Oldham was named Defensive Player of the Year, and John T. Reilly was named Coach of the Year.

Clarion’s BJ Andrews was named Freshman of the Year.

The rest of the first team consists of Seton Hill’s Malachi Leonard, Slippery Rock’s Maurice Lewis-Briggs and Edinboro’s Bryan Theriot.

The rest of the second team consists of Gannon’s Raphell Thomas-Edwards, Clarion’s Mike Kromka, Mercyhurst’s Jonathon Quegnin, Slippery Rock’s Tabari Perry and Pitt Johnstown’s Ian Vescovi.

IUP (23-4), which lost in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round of the PSAC playoffs, awaits Sunday night’s NCAA Division II tournament selection show. The Crimson Hawks entered this week ranked third in the Atlantic Region. The top eight teams earn NCAA berths.

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