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Monday, February 27, 2012

Rider's Penn picks up Second Team honors

Through all Rider’s ups and downs this season, Brandon Penn remained consistent.

The senior forward was rewarded Monday with a spot on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s Second Team, the league announced on a conference call.

“Brandon has really stepped up for us this year and I am happy the coaches in the league recognized him,” said Broncs coach Tommy Dempsey in a statement. “I was disappointed some of our other guys did not make an All-MAAC team but at this point we are just focused on team goals.”

Penn is second on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg), respectively. He ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage (85.3), fifth in 3-pointers made (65), ninth in rebounding and 18th in scoring.

Penn was the only Bronc to land on an all-league team.

Iona duo Scott Machado and Mike Glover headline the first team with Manhattan’s George Beamon,
Fairfield’s Rakim Sanders, Siena’s OD Anosike and Loyola’s Erik Etherly joining them. One of those six will be named the conference’s Player of the Year Thursday night during the Postseason Awards show in Springfield, Mass.

Both Machado and Glover made the first team last season. Iona won the regular-season championship with a 24-6 overall record (15-3 in the league).

Machado is expected to win the Player of the Year.

The Gaels’ senior point guard averages 13.1 points per game and a nation-leading 10.1 assists per contest.

“You can make a case for all those guys,” Dempsey said, “but when you have a guy who is a possible lottery pick and leads the country in assists — c’mon, it’s a good league, but we don’t have lottery picks very often. If we do, they are more than likely going to be our Player of the Year.”

Glover, the Preseason Player of the Year, is second in the league in scoring (18.1 ppg) while Beamon is tops (18.4 ppg). Sanders, a transfer for Boston College, has been the Stags’ best player, averaging 16.7 points per game. Anosike leads the nation in rebounding (12.9 rps) and his 22 double-doubles are also the most in the country. Etherly averages 13.1 points per game and represents the Greyhounds, who finished with 21 wins and in second place.

Penn is joined on the Second Team by Canisius’ Harold Washington, Loyola’s Dylon Cormier, Iona’s Lamont Jones and Fairfield’s Derek Needham.

On the women’s side, Rider’s MyNeshia McKenize garnered Third Team honors.

The sophomore forward averages 10.9 points per game and leads the league in rebounding with nine boards per game.

The First Team consisted of Fairfield’s Taryn Johnson, Marist’s Corielle Yarde, Siena’s Lily Grenci and the Loyola duo of Miriam McKenzie and Katie Sheahin.

All League Teams:
First Team
G-Scott Machado, Iona
G-George Beamon, Manhattan
F-Rakim Sanders, Fairfield
F-Mike Glover, Iona
F-OD Anosike, Siena
F-Erik Etherly, Loyola

Second Team
G-Harold Washington, Canisius
G-Derek Needham, Fairfield
G-Lamont Jones, Iona
G-Dylon Cormier, Loyola
F-Brandon Penn, Rider

Third Team
G-Justin Drummond, Loyola
G-Robert Olson, Loyola
G-Michael Alvarado, Manhattan
G-Devin Price, Marist
G-Juan'ya Green, Niagara
F-Darius Conley, St. Peter's

Rookie Team
G-Chavaugn Lewis, Marist
G-Juan'ya Green, Niagara
G-Evan Hymes, Siena
G-Antoine Mason, Niagara
F-Emmy Andujar, Manhattan

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