Panthers Men's Basketball Sweeps Conference Honors
February 25, 2014
For the second straight year, the Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball program has swept the major Mid-State Athletic Conference postseason awards. Sophomore Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) has repeated as the Mid-State Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and Coach David Stevenson has again been named the MSAC Coach of the Year. The two are joined by Devin Redden (St. Mary’s H.S./Buffalo) on the all-conference team, which consists of ten players. Voting for the all-conference awards is done by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs.
Lyles is the first Tompkins Cortland basketball player to repeat as conference player of the year, and just the third to ever receive the honor at all (Jude Princivil in 1995 and Chris Cartwright in 2010). Lyles was among the conference leaders in almost every statistical category. He was fourth in the in scoring (18.7 points per game), first in steals (4.3 per game), first in assists (6.8 per game), second in three-point field goal percentage (50.0%), second in free-throw percentage (83.3%). fifth in field goal percentage (51.2%), and eighth in rebounds (7.4 per game).
Fellow sophomore Redden was one of the most consistent scorers in the conference. He reached double figures in points in all but one conference game, averaging 16.7 points per game, the seventh best average in the MSAC. He topped 20 points in a conference game five times, and led Tompkins Cortland in scoring five times. He also made multiple three-pointers in eight of his 12 MSAC games.
It’s the second straight MSAC Coach of the Year award for Stevenson, and the third of his career (first was in 2010). Stevenson’s Panthers matched the mark set last year for the best MSAC record in school history, going 11-1 in the MSAC regular season. His team won the regular season and conference tournament titles for the second straight time and third time overall. Stevenson, in his ninth season as head coach, has already established records for most wins and best winning percentage in Tompkins Cortland basketball history.
2014 Mid-State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball All-Conference TeamTyseem Lyles, Tompkins Cortland Saquan Chambers, Corning Dustin Pond, Jefferson Brandon Bullock, Finger Lakes Zaki Thomas, Cayuga Devin Redden, Tompkins Cortland Dylan Verkey, Finger Lakes Tyler Bliss, Onondaga Tyler Ladd, Corning Frank D’Esti, Broome
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tyseem Lyles, Tompkins Cortland COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Stevenson, Tompkins Cortland