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Two Bison earn All-NEAC honors, McGriff named NEAC Rookie of the Year

Two Bison earn All-NEAC honors, McGriff named NEAC Rookie of the Year

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released its 2013-14 men's basketball all-conference awards and Gallaudet University senior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) was named to the second team while freshman forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) was selected to the third team. McGriff was also named the NEAC Rookie of the Year.

Palmer scored 10 or more points in 12 different games and finished the season with 212 points, 111 rebounds, 58 assists, 17 steals, 17 blocks, in 16 games played (15 started). The Bison captain ranked 15th in the NEAC in defensive rebounds and 14th in blocks. In his two-year career as a Bison he accumulated 472 points, 327 rebounds, 124 assists, 39 steals, 34 blocks in 40 games played (35 starts).

McGriff played two of his best games in the final stretch of the season, achieving two double-doubles with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 24 points, 10 rebounds. He scored in double digits in 20 different games, reaching 20-plus points four times. McGriff finished the season with 326 points, 167 rebounds, 51 blocks, 13 assists and 11 steals. He ranked second in field goal percentage (57.6), blocks (51) and points per 40 minutes (23.5). McGriff is ranked 37th in Division III for blocked shots per game (2.22).

The Bison concluded its 2013-14 season under second-year head Brendan Stern with a 6-19 record and 5-13 mark in the conference.

Lancaster Bible College junior Albert Suniga was named NEAC Player of the Year. Lancaster Bible College's head coach Marshall Tague was voted NEAC Coach of the Year by his peers. Penn St.-Berks had the most all-conference honorees with four.

This is Gallaudet's fourth straight year of having at least two players on one of the three all-conference teams, which consist of five players each. The two honors this year gives the program nine all-conference honorees in the four years GU has been a member of the NEAC.

Below is a brief paragraph on each Gallaudet honoree and their statistics rankings (stats and rankings as of 2/24/14. NCAA rankings as of 2/23/14)

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2013-14 Gallaudet University Men's Basketball All-NEAC Honorees


Orion Palmer, Sr., Forward
Played in 16 games (started 15 games) before getting injured...averaged 13.3 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, shot .406 percent from the field, 58 assists, 17 blocks and 17 steals...netted double figures in 12 of 16 games...scored a season best 21 points vs. Penn St.-Abington on Dec. 4...second on the team in scoring average (13.3), rebounds (111), rebound average (6.9 per game), defensive rebounds (87), assists (58) and blocks (17).
  Orion Palmer


Joshua McGriff, Fr., Forward
NEAC Rookie of the Year


Ranked 37th in Division III for blocked shots per game (2.22)...ranked 45th in field goal percentage (57.6)...led the team in scoring (326 pts., 14.2 ppg), field goal pct. (.576), free throws made (68), rebounds (167, 7.3 per game), blocks (51)...2nd in the NEAC in FG Pct. (57.6), blocks (51), points per 40 min (23.5)...6th in total rebounds (167), offensive rebounds (61)…7th in rebounds per game (7.3), field goals made (129)…8th in defensive rebounds (106)...10th in points (326), points per game (14.2)...had four double-doubles...scored over 20 pts. in four games...had a season best 28 pts., 14 rebs. vs. Penn St.-Abington on Feb. 15...played 23 games (12 starts).

  Joshua McGriff headshot