Penn State’s Stevens gets another honor

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK –Penn State senior forward Lamar Stevens was named to the 2019-20 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District VII team as announced by the organization on Monday, March 23. The two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection earned NABC All-District VII honors for the second-straight year and became the fifth Nittany Lion to receive the accolades in multiple seasons.

From Philadelphia, Stevens posted a third consecutive season scoring at least 500 points and led Penn State with 17.6 points per game. He also had the second-highest total on the team in rebounding, assists, blocks and steals. He ranked fourth in the Big Ten Conference in scoring and registered double figures in scoring in 30 games this season.

In addition to NABC All-District honors, Stevens was a United States Basketball Writers Association All-District team pick for 2019-20. He was included on the watch lists for the Lute Olson National Player of the Year, the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Award and Karl Malone Power Forward Award.

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UNIVERSITY PARK – The 2019-20 Big Ten regular-season champion Penn State Nittany Lions received a No. 8 final ranking in USCHO.com national poll as announced Monday afternoon, tying the highest in program history. Penn State was also ranked eighth following the 2016-17 season.

The Nittany Lions finished the regular-season with a five-point weekend against Minnesota on February 21-22 securing the No. 1 overall seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in program history with 41 league points and a final record of 12-8-4-1 in Big Ten play capping off their most successful conference season in program history.

Penn State went 20-10-4 overall marking its fourth 20-win season over the first eight years of the program and the third in the last four years. PSU is the highest of four Big Ten teams to earn a final ranking joining Ohio State (No. 10), Michigan (No. 17) and Minnesota (No. 18) while Notre Dame is receiving votes.

The Nittany Lions posted their best defensive season in program history finishing 2019-20 allowing just 2.59 goals per game to rank fourth in the Big Ten and 25th nationally while tying their single-season program record with three shutouts. Penn State also set a program record with nine road wins posting its best-ever record away from Pegula Ice Arena at 9-5-1.

Senior Nate Sucese had a career-best 38 points to lead the Big Ten and rank tied for 15th in the nation while also leading the Big Ten with a career-high 27 assists, good for 11th nationally. The recent Arizona Coyotes signee also rewrote the Penn State career record books this season with 140 points and 61 goals while his 79 assists are the second most all-time.

Junior Cole Hults also had a career-year tying the single-season program record for points by a defenseman with 30, good for tops in the Big Ten and 10th nationally among blue-liners. Hults’ eight goals were also a career-high and tied the Penn State single-season record for goals by a defenseman along with leading the Big Ten for D-Men and ranking tied for eighth in the nation.


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