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Jefferson, Tyson, Strahorn all earn Maine State honors

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College junior Sam Jefferson (Newton, Mass.) was named to the first team by the Maine State Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association, Noah Tyson (Rutland, Vt.) earned three awards, and head coach Damien Strahorn was honored Monday.
 
Tyson was named the Maine State Rookie of the Year and was on both the Maine All-Defensive Team and the Maine All-Rookie Team. Meanwhile, Strahorn was honored as the association's top coach. 
 
Jefferson (pictured), who was named to the Maine All-State Second Team last year, was selected to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Second Team in February. He also was honored with the CoSIDA District 1 Academic Award.
 
In the final NESCAC statistics, Jefferson ranked first in the conference in made 3-point shots (88), first in made 3-point shots per game (3.5), tied for third in scoring (18.2), fourth in 3-point shooting percentage (42.5), sixth in minutes played (31.8), and 10th in free throw percentage (80.0).   
 
With his senior year next season, Jefferson has 1,009 career points, 207 made 3-point field goals, 290 rebounds, 128 assists, 53 steals, and 34 blocked shots. He became the 39th player in Colby men's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points.  
 
Tyson was an impact player right away for the Mules, starting and leading the team in rebounding. He averaged 10.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, but was even better in conference games at 11.7 points and 8.6 rebounds.
 
Tyson led the NESCAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.4, 64 assists, 19 turnovers). Tyson also ranked third in the league in defensive rebounds (6.4), seventh in made 3-point shots per game (2.5), seventh in minutes played (31.7), and ninth in rebounding (8.2).
 
Tyson (bottom right)already earned the NESCAC Rookie of the Year honor.
 
Strahorn led the Mules to the most total wins and conference wins since the 2009-10 season. Colby was 9-2 this year against teams in the Maine association. Strahorn was named the HoopDirt.com National Coach of the Week after beating then 19th-ranked Amherst and sixth-ranked Hamilton in the same weekend. 
 
Strahorn also helped the Mules finish first in the final Maine State Division III poll of the year.
 
Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association
Player of the Year: Jack Casale, St. Joseph's 
Rookie of the Year: Noah Tyson, Colby
Defensive Player of the Year: Zavier Rucker, Bowdoin
Coach of the Year: Damien Strahorn, Colby
First Team All-State
Jack Casale, So., St. Joseph’s
Sam Jefferson, Jr., Colby
Justin Martin, Sr., Husson
David Reynolds, Jr., Bowdoin
Jack Simonds, Sr., Bowdoin
Second Team All-State
Darian Berry, Sr., St. Joseph’s
Shyquinn Dix, So., UMPI
Milani Hicks, Sr., UMF
Jayvon Pitts-Young, Jr., USM
Adam Richardson, Sr., MMA
All-Rookie Team
Jordan Goodson, Thomas
Griffin Guerrette, UMPI
Justice Kendall, Husson
Andrew Snoddy, Bates
Noah Tyson, Colby
All-Defensive Team
Avery Debrito, Jr., UNE
Milani Hicks, Sr., UMF
Zavier Rucker, So., Bowdoin
Noah Tyson, Fr., Colby
Demetris Webster, So., Thomas