Transy takes HCAC player, coach of year

Transy takes HCAC player, coach of year

Transylvania's Ethan Spurlin has been named HCAC player of the year, while Pioneers head man Brian Lane is coach of the year.
Transylvania's Ethan Spurlin has been named HCAC player of the year, while Pioneers head man Brian Lane is coach of the year.

From Transylvania Athletics
GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University’s Ethan Spurlin (Stanford, Ky./Lincoln Co.) has been named the 2011-2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and headlines the 12-member All-HCAC 1st and 2nd teams. The junior forward led the Pioneers to their fourth HCAC men’s basketball title as well as an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.  Transylvania holds a 23-4 overall record heading into NCAA tournament play Friday evening.

Spurlin ranked second among the conference leaders in scoring (17.1 ppg), third in field goal percentage (57.3%), and seventh in rebounds (5.9 rpg) during conference play this season.  Overall for the season, Spurlin averaged 16.9 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per contest, and shot 55.6% from the field. 

Transylvania compiled a 16-2 conference mark, claiming the regular season title by a four game margin.  Transy will tangle with Carroll (Wis.) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Beck Center in Lexington Friday night.

Manchester College’s Greg Flores (Hammond, Ind./Morton) has also received special recognition by the conference.  The freshman guard has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.  Flores ranked third on the Spartans in scoring during conference play, averaging 9.7 points per game.  He finished first in the HCAC in three-point field goal percentage (51.5%) and ranked among the conference leaders in field goal percentage (50.8%) during league play.

Transylvania University head coach Brian Lane has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time.  Lane led the Pioneers to their fourth HCAC men’s basketball title and an appearance in the HCAC tournament title game.  Transy has compiled a 23-4 overall record this season and will host Carroll (Wis.) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Beck Center in Lexington Friday evening.

Spurlin is one of 12 players named to the All-HCAC first or second team. There are three seniors, eight juniors, and one sophomore on the team this season. The eight-member Honorable Mention All-HCAC team and All-Sportsmanship team has also been named.  A complete list of the recipients of conference awards follow:

HCAC Awards:

Player of the Year:  Ethan Spurlin, Jr., F

Freshman of the Year:  Greg Flores, Manchester, G

Coach of the Year:  Brian Lane, Transylvania


1st Team All-HCAC:

Phil Hogan, Anderson, Jr., G

Logan Wolfrum, Defiance, Jr., G

Mike Case, Hanover, Sr., C

Jordan Moss, Manchester, Sr., G

Brandon Rash, Transylvania, Jr., F

Ethan Spurlin, Transylvania, Jr., F

 
2nd Team All-HCAC:

Brock Morrison, Anderson, Sr., F

Josh Fisher, Bluffton, Jr., G

Ryan Nowicki, Hanover, Jr., G

Julian Strickland, Rose-Hulman, So., G

Austin Weatherford, Rose-Hulman, Jr., G

Barrett Meyer, Transylvania, Jr., G

 
Honorable Mention All-HCAC:

Andrew Bowman, Anderson, Sr., F

Mychal Hill, Bluffton, Sr., G

Anthony Brown, Defiance, Sr., G

Will Conoley, Franklin, Sr., C

Gunner Erwin, Franklin, Jr., F

Jason Spindler, Manchester, Sr., C

David Mann, Mount St. Joseph, So., F

Tate Cox, Transylvania, So., G

 
All-Sportsmanship Team:

Andrew Bowman, Anderson, Sr., F

Steve Swick, Bluffton, Sr., G

Anthony Brown, Defiance, Sr., G

Kyle Calder, Earlham, Sr., G

Mark Kwiatkowski, Franklin, Fr., G

Jim Faehr, Hanover, Jr., G

Matt Morris, Manchester, Sr., F

David Lane, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., G

Julian Strickland, Rose-Hulman, So., G

Mike Stone, Transylvania, Sr., G/F
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