Presented by Head Coach Steve Dickerson, the Men's Basketball team has announced several awards honoring players from the 2011-12 season.
CAPTAIN'S AWARDS: Senior James Conti and junior Cameron Schilling have been honored with the captain's awards for the 2011-12 season. Conti, who played the best basketball of his career in his final season, earned second team all-conference honors for his outstanding play. Conti led the Lutes this season averaging 13.7 points and 4.7 assists per game. Cameron Schilling had a breakout year during his junior campaign. Schilling earned Northwest Conference honorable mention recognition after averaging 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
MOST IMPROVED: Two PLU players made hugh strides in their games from a season ago. Sophomores Arvid Isaksen and Cameron Reister were both named as the most improved players for the 2011-12 season. After playing only 100 minutes in his first year on campus, Cameron Reister played in all 25 games and started 13 for the Lutes this season. Averaging 18 minutes per game in 2011-12, Reister hit 38.3 percent (46-120) of his shots from behind the arc. Arvid Isaksen played in 24 games for the program in his second season with the team. In the final game of 2011-12, Isaksen scored a career-high 17 points leading all Lutes in the teams 86-61 win over George Fox University.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: James Conti earned the nod for best defensive player honors. The point guard rewrote the record books this season on Jan. 28 when he registered his 163rd career steal passing PLU legend Don Brown. Conti finished his career with 184 total steals. This season, he also set the single-season record for steals in a season with 67 swipes.
BEST TEAMMATE: Johnny Tveter earned the best teammate award for the 2011-12 season. Starting 12 games this season, Tveter average 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for the Lutes. The sophomore brings more to the team than just his physical presence on the floor. He is one of the hardest working and most dedicated players in the program and plays every game like it's his last.
SEASON REVIEW: The Lutes finished the season with an overall mark of 12-13. The Lutes 9-7 mark in NWC action was good for a fourth-place tie with Lewis & Clark College. Unfortunately, due to tie-breaking rules, Lewis & Clark earned the conference's fourth and final playoff spot, leaving the Lutes at home. Despite the Lutes missing out of the playoffs, PLU put together a nice season with a number of memorable highlights.
PROTECTING THE ROCK: One reason for Pacific Lutheran's success this season can be attributed to the team's ability to limit turnovers. In the 2011-12 season, the Lutes turned the ball over only 10.7 times per game which was best among all NWC programs and 8th nationally. In addition, the Lutes ranked 24th in the country in assists to turnover ratio with a mark of 1.26.
THREE-POINT PROWESS: Pacific Lutheran ended the season as one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country. Shooting 38.6 percent from behing the arc in the 2011-12 season, the Lutes ranked 22nd in the country. Drew Earnest and Cameron Reister led the Lutes from long distance this season making a combined 101 three-point field goals.