PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference Men’s Basketball All-Star selections were announced on Tuesday, and two Plymouth State University standouts were voted to the All-LEC First Team in a poll of the league’s eight head coaches.
Senior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) was named to the All-LEC First Team for the third straight season, and sophomore forward Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earned his first All-LEC post-season recognition with a First Team selection. The Pelotte-Pope combination led the Panthers to a third place in the LEC with a 9-5 mark and a 19-9 overall record this season, heading into this week’s ECAC New England Tournament.
A speedy 5’10” guard, Pelotte enjoyed a terrific season and really turned it up a notch the last month of the campaign. He is averaging 28.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the season, leading the conference and ranking third in the nation in scoring. Since Feb. 5th, Pelotte has averaged 35.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists, scoring over 30 points in six of the eight contests. He scored his 2,000th career point in last Friday’s LEC Tournament semifinals, and put on a sensational performance in the championship game with a record 62 points and earning the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award.
A 6’1” power forward, Pope blossomed into one of the top all-around players in the league this season. He is a 20-10 man, averaging 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds for the season and leading the conference in rebounding and ranking second in scoring and field goal percentage (.626). Pope also ranked among the LEC leaders in assists (fifth with 3.7 apg), free throw percentage (7th at .745), steals (7th with 1.7 spg), and blocked shots (7th with 1.1 bpg.). Pope set the school single-season field goal percentage record last season with a .611 mark.
The Panthers, who were outlasted in double overtime last Saturday in the championship game of the LEC Tournament, will extend their season another week with participation in the ECAC New England Tournament. Second-seeded PSU will host seventh-seeded Western New England College in a first-round match-up this Wednesday (Mar.2) at Foley Gymnasium (7:00 p.m.)
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