Basketball Awards Announced

The Mountaineer men's basketball team named its honorees at their awards banquet at the Milan Puskar Center on Sunday evening.

Junior Tyrone Sally, who grew bgreatly as a leader on the squad after some early roster changes, was named most valuable player. Sally average 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds on the season, and scored in double figures in 16 games, as well as five of the Mountaineers' last six contests.

Shot-blocking terror D'or Fischer was named the squad's best defender. The lanky center had a WVU-record shattering 124 blocks to go along with 19 steals and 6.2 reobunds per game.

Point guard Jarmon Durisseau-Collins was named the team's Unsung Hero. JDC averaged only 4.1 points per game, but regulated the Mountaineer offense and was a huge defensive presence, whether playing man-to-man on the perimeter or patrolling the baseline in WVU's 1-3-1 set.

Patrick Beilein earned the most-improved award, averaging 9.3 points per game on the strength of 40.6% shooting from three-point range. Beilein also improved on the defensive end, and led the team with a 79.4% accuracy rate from the free throw line.

Senior walk-on Jonathan Curran was honored with the Team Man award. Curran's leadership and work habits were cited several times by Beilein during the course of the season as one of the factors in WVU's improvement in 2003-04, which resulted in two NIT wins.


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