Rivera voted Rookie of the Year; LeRoy named All-LEC
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The top scorers for the Plymouth State University men's basketball team were both honored by the Little East Conference (LEC) as the league announced its major awards winners and all-conference teams on Tuesday afternoon.
Sharp-shooting freshman Dante Rivera (Methuen, Mass.) was selected as the LEC Rookie of the Year, while junior Jaylen LeRoy (Manchester, N.H.) was named to the All-LEC Second Team following a vote of the conference's nine head coaches.
Rivera was a dynamic addition to the Panthers' backcourt. He finished the year tenth in the LEC in scoring with a 16.0 points per game average, was second with 2.7 steals per game and third in the league with 4.4 assists per game. He led the conference in three point shooting (minimum of three attempts per game), after shooting 43.2% from beyond the arc, while he shot 49.5% from the field, the eighth best mark in the league.
The four-time LEC Rookie of the Week put on a shooting clinic in a Jan. 19 win over Castleton University when he set a school record with ten made three-pointers (10-of-18) as part of a career-high 34-point effort.
LeRoy put together another strong year for the Panthers, earning conference recognition for the third straight year after being named to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman and the All-LEC First Team last season. His 17.3 points per game average was fourth best in the conference, while he added 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
On Nov. 28 he became the 31st player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points with a game-high 23 in a win at Castleton, but his best shooting night came in a Jan. 3 win against Framingham State when he poured in a season-best 31 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. He wraps up his third season with 1,299 career points to sit eighth among the Panthers' all-time scoring leaders.
Plymouth State finished the year with a 13-13 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the LEC under eighth-year head coach Andrew Novick. The seven league wins matched the most since the 2013-14 season. PSU earned the sixth seed for the LEC Tournament, but was ousted by third-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the first round.
A complete list of the all-conference team and major awards winners is available at the Little East website, www.littleeast.com.
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