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2013-02-23 Boyce, Worner named to all-conference team; Larson selected as freshman of the year
2013 CCAC

Three Tigers were honored by the CCAC with postseason awards

Boyce, Worner named to all-conference team; Larson recognized as freshman of the year

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team had three Tigers recognized by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) in postseason honors. ONU was also named the co-recipient of the Conference Champions of Character Team Award.

The complete list of conference honors can be found here: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/11/8.php 

Senior center Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) was named to the All-CCAC Second Team for the first time in his career. Senior guard Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) was named an honorable mention selection following a first team selection in 2012. 

Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) was named the CCAC Freshman of the Year. Larson is the sixth Tiger named to the award and first since 2010 (Jordan Harks).

Boyce earned his first all-conference selection after receiving the sixth-highest number of votes among eligible players. The Tigers’ starting center was third for the team in scoring (12.2) and field goal percentage (.515), and led the team in rebounding (7.5). He also finished the season with 10 double-doubles to lead the team. He performed just as well during conference play — 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds (7th in CCAC) — and he scored a career-high 26 points in a win over Trinity Christian on January 26.

Worner led the team in scoring (14.1), steals (41) and three-pointers made (82) while earning his second postseason selection. He was also second on the team in free-throw percentage (.737), third in rebounds (4.5) and third in three-point percentage (.378). In conference play, he averaged 14.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and made 67 three-pointers, while finishing second in threes per game (2.7). During his four-year career, he recorded 1,061 points (reached 1,000 points on February 9 and is now 37th all-time in school history) and 203 three-pointers (5th). He also is tied for the school record with seven three-pointers in a single game, and has done so twice in his career.

Larson was only two votes shy of being voting unanimously as the freshman of the year in the CCAC. The 6-foot-7 forward was second on the team in scoring (13.0) points, rebounds (6.1), and led the team in field goal percentage (.558) and free-throws made (92) and attempted (136). He also was second on the team in three-point percentage (.389) and finished the year with four double-doubles. Larson also went a stretch of 14 games from December 15 through February 6 in which he scored in double figures. In conference play, he averaged 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, shot .576 from the floor (2nd in CCAC) and .730 from the free-throw line.

The Tigers finished the 2012-13 season with an 18-13 (14-10) record.

Final season statistics: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/stats/2012/teamstat.htm