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Four from Men's Basketball garner SAC post-season honors

ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawbaís Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) and Brian Graves (Newport News, Va.) were named All-South Atlantic Conference in menís basketball, while Jamel Hamilton (Virginia Beach, Va.) was named to the All-Freshman team as announced by the league on Tuesday. Head Coach Jim Baker earned SAC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time after guiding the Indians to a 22-5 mark and the conference title. Magnusson, who prepped at Westminster Academy in Florida, was a first team All-SAC selection after earned second team honors last season. The junior leads Catawba in both scoring (14.7) and rebounding (6.9) and stands second in assists (72) and steals (43). Graves, a sophomore from Heritage High School, is scoring at a 12.3 clip and adding five assists. Hamilton, of Maury High School, has come off the bench to hit for 13.1 points a contest and leads the team with 61 three-point goals. Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Roman Davis was named the South Atlantic Conference menís basketball Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Davis led the SAC in scoring with an average of 18.3 points per game and was second in blocked shots. Wingate forward Sean Barnette also named the leagueís menís Freshman of the Year. Barnette averaged 14.4 points per game, which ranked eighth in the league. 2004-05 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE MENíS BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS FIRST TEAM Jonathan Martin, Carson-Newman Braun Dabbs, Carson-Newman Helgi Magnusson, CATAWBA Roman Davis, Lenoir-Rhyne Walt Baxley, Mars Hill Jeremiah Tinch, Mars Hill SECOND TEAM Brian Graves, CATAWBA Michael Dease, Newberry Sean Dixon, Presbyterian Brad Hawks, Tusculum Greg McIntosh, Tusculum Sean Barnette, Wingate ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM Jamel Hamilton, CATAWBA Josh Rudder, Lenoir-Rhyne Reggie Bratton, Lenoir-Rhyne Jordan Lear, Tusculum Sean Barnette, Wingate COACH OF THE YEAR: Jim Baker, CATAWBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Roman Davis, Lenoir-Rhyne FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Sean Barnette, Wingate SAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: Jonathan Martin, Carson-Newman #####

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