AZUSA, Calif. -- After closing out the regular season with three straight wins to clinch a share of second place in the Golden State Athletic Conference, Azusa Pacific had a pair of guards named to the 2012 All-GSAC Men's Basketball team which was announced Monday afternoon.
Senior Brandon Dunson and sophomore Robert Sandoval received the award, and both are first-time recipients.
Dunson ranks third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game along with 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists. When the Cougars lost senior guard Marshall Johnson for the year to injury during the first half of an 85-66 win over Concordia in mid-January, Dunson scored a team-high 18 points to help lead Azusa Pacific to the win over the eventual GSAC regular-season champions. He went on to average 12.4 points and a team-high 1.4 steals in Johnson's absence over the final 14 games of the regular season.
Dunson ranks among the GSAC’s top 15 players in assists, blocks, field-goal percentage, free throw percentage, and assist-to-turnover ratio, and his 11.0 scoring average during GSAC play ranks 22nd in the conference. He scored a season-high 20 points in a non-conference win over Cal State San Marcos, a total he matched when he turned in a 20-point, six-rebounds, six-assist performance to lift the Cougars to a win over Westmont in the regular-season finale.
Sandoval, a sophomore point guard, is one of just two underclassmen selected to the All-GSAC team, along with Westmont sophomore C.J. Miller. Sandoval was the GSAC's assists leader in conference play, dishing out 4.7 assists per game while leading Azusa Pacific to a second-place finish. He averaged 8.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals on the year, and he ranked fifth in the GSAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.65) in conference play.
Sandoval scored a season-high 21 points in the third game of the season, hitting five-of-six three-pointers in a 21-point performance. His top scoring game during GSAC play was also the game he set his season-high in assists when her registered a 16-point, 10-assist double-double in a home win over The Master's. He matched the 10 assists again when the Cougars visited The Master's in the final week of the regular season and posted a 15-point win over the Mustangs on the road.
Azusa Pacific opens GSAC Tournament play with a first-round home game against Westmont on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. The GSAC has announced the ticket prices for GSAC Tournament games, and they are as follows:
Students - $6
Seniors (62 and older) $8
Adults - $10
Faculty & Staff - $10
The first 50 Azusa Pacific students through the doors of the Felix Event Center Thursday night will be admitted free, courtesy of the Azusa Pacific Athletics Department.