February 29, 2008

ODAC Announces All-Conference Men's Basketball Team

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference men's basketball team at the conference tournament banquet held on Thursday evening at the Salem Civic Center.

Washington and Lee senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was named First Team All-ODAC for the second-straight season, while fifth-year Head Coach Adam Hutchinson was selected the ODAC Coach of the Year. Additionally, junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) was tabbed to the 10-player ODAC Sportsmanship Team.

Bienemann becomes W&L's first two-time first team all-conference pick since Brian Hanson '83 was selected in 1982 and 1983. He has started all 25 games to date and ranks second in the ODAC in scoring (21.7 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.598), seventh in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and 11th in blocked shots (0.8 bpg). A finalist for the Jostens Trophy, which is presented to the Division III Player of the Year, Bienemann has notched double figures in 23 games this season, including four games of 30 or more points. With his 542 points this season, Bienemann has moved into seventh place on the Generals' all-time scoring list with 1,556 career points. Bienemann was an Honorable Mention All-ODAC selection as a sophomore and has been the team's leading scorer all four seasons.

Hutchinson is W&L's first coach of the year honoree since Verne Canfield garnered the award following the 1988-89 season. He has guided the Generals to a 15-10 overall record, the program's best season in 18 years. Hutchinson also led W&L to 11 ODAC wins (11-7) for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign.

Goodman was named to the inaugural sportsmanship team after starting all 25 games at point guard and averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Guilford senior center Ben Strong was selected the ODAC Player of the Year, while Randolph-Macon freshman forward Jordan Brown was picked as the ODAC Rookie of the Year. Hampden-Sydney senior forward Drew Prehmus was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The Generals are seeded fifth for the ODAC Tournament, which begins on Friday afternoon at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. W&L will play fourth-seeded Roanoke (17-8, 11-7) in the opening round. The winner will play either top-seeded Guilford or eighth-seeded Eastern Mennonite on Saturday at 6:00 pm.

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