March 5, 2013

Shane Gibson a Three-Time All-NEC Pick

2012-13 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Awards

FAIRFIELD, CT (March 5, 2013) - Sacred Heart senior guard Shane Gibson was named to the All-Northeast Conference first team announced by the NEC office on Tuesday.  Gibson ends his career as a three-time All-Northeast Conference selection.

Gibson is the first player in Sacred Heart men's basketball history to earn post season recognition three times in his career.  Gibson was named to the All-NEC first team as a senior and junior and the All-NEC second team after his sophomore season. 

The senior guard closed out the 2012-13 season becoming just the fifth player in NEC history to eclipse the 2,000 point mark for a career, finishing up with 2,079 points over his four years.  He finishes his career as the leading Division I scorer at Sacred Heart and is eighth on the program's all-time scoring list.  Gibson also ends his career with the Sacred Heart three-point record, making 286 three's over his four seasons.

Gibson averaged 21.6 ppg this season, tied for the NEC lead and currently sixth among NCAA leaders.  In NEC games, Gibson was a scoring machine, leading all players averaging 24.8 ppg.  He scored 20 or more points in 14 of the 18 league games including four 30 point efforts.  On the season, he shot 41.6% from behind the arc and averaged 3.00 threes per game, ranking fourth and second respectively in the NEC.  At the free throw line, Gibson shot 87.1 percent (115-132) tops in the NEC and 25th among the nation's leaders. 

Prior to this season, Gibson was named to the All-NEC Preseason team after a break-out junior season where he finished fourth in the nation in scoring (22.0 ppg).  In addition to his 2,079 career points, he finishes with 457 rebounds, 203 assists and 156 steals and a 41.4 percent (286-691) shooter from three and 85.3 percent (337-395) at the line.

Gibson was joined on the All-NEC first team by LIU Brooklyn senior Jamal Olasewere, Robert Morris senior Velton Jones, Bryant junior Alex Francis and Central Connecticut sophomore Kyle Vinales.

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