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Published
February 28, 2011
By
Gary Pine

AZUSA, Calif. -- The fruits of a 26-4 regular-season campaign and a national top ten ranking are beginning to come in for the Azusa Pacific men’s basketball team.

Three Cougars have been named to the 2011 All-Golden State Athletic Conference team, matching the second-highest total to be so honored in one season in the program’s history.

Senior center Reggie Owens, junior guard Marshall Johnson, and senior forward Danny Nugent have been named to the 14-man All-GSAC team as selected by the conference head coaches.

For Johnson, it’s his second all-conference honor, becoming the 15th Cougar to earn multiple All-GSAC recognitions. The Minneapolis native averaged 13.2 points, second-best on the team, to go along with 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29 games played this season. His best performance came in a victory at home over Point Loma Nazarene University when he scored a season-high 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists in just 28 minutes of play.

Owens put together arguably the most complete season by any player in the GSAC this year. The 6-foot-7, 275-pound native of Memphis was second in the GSAC in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.9 points and 7.9 rebounds while leading the conference with a .644 (186-for-289) shooting clip from the floor. In addition, he topped the team with 10 double-doubles. In a triple-overtime win at Point Loma Nazarene he scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. A week later, he tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds in a win at Lewis-Clark State College. Nine times he scored 20 or more points in a game, and in 15 games he was the Cougars’ top scorer.

Nugent, who came back this year after suffering a season-ending knee injury prior to the start of his junior campaign, averaged 10.7 points and led the GSAC in 3-point shooting with a .485 (47-for-97) pace. He came on strong over the last third of the season, averaging 11.8 points a game, which included a 21-point effort in a narrow 3-point setback to eventual GSAC champion Concordia University. He scored a season-high 24 to help the Cougars hand NAIA power Westminster College its first loss of the season.

Click here to view the complete list of conference honors for the 2011 men’s basketball season.

The Cougar trio return to the court with their teammates in the 18th Annual GSAC Postseason Tournament, which gets under way later this week when Azusa Pacific hosts California Baptist University in a first-round game in the Felix Event Center on Thursday (March 3). Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.