PORTSMOUTH – After winning 16 games during the 2012-13 season – tied for the most in one season since the 2006-07 campaign – men's basketball had two players earn All-MSC recognition for their play on the court this season. Senior Tyler Morgan earned first-team All-MSC honors while classmate Jeremy Bennington was named a second-team All-MSC performer.
Morgan's honor marks the third time the he has earned all-conference honors in his four seasons at Shawnee State but is the first time that he has been named a first-team all-conference performer. As a freshman, he was named the AMC Freshman of the Year and second-team All-AMC. Last season, he was a second-team All-MSC performer. Morgan led the Mid-South Conference in rebounding with 10.1 rebounds per game this season and was also the conference leader in double-doubles with 15.
For the season, Morgan ranked second on the team in points per game with 16.2, but during the MSC portion of the schedule he averaged a team-high 16.6 points per game and 11 rebounds per contest. He also recorded 21 steals, blocked nine shots and dished out 53 assists this season. He shot over 46-percent from the field and got to the free throw line a team-high 167 times and made 100 of those attempts. He will graduate as the program's all-time leader in both points and rebounds.
Bennington, a junior college transfer last season, earned All-Mid-South honors for the first time in his SSU career. He led the Bears with 16.8 points per contest and was second on the team to Morgan with 16.5 points per game in Mid-South competition. The preeminent three-point shooter on the team, Bennington went 103-of-260 (39.6%) from beyond the arc this season and constantly ranked in the top five throughout the entire NAIA in three-point shooting. He was also third on the team with 122 rebounds and 44 assists.
The Bears finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 16-14, including an 11-9 mark in the Mid-South Conference. With that record they advanced to the MSC quarterfinals for the first time in school history before falling to Campbellsville in that round.