Jaspers Collect All-MAAC Honors
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan junior guard George Beamon was named to the All-MAAC First Team, while sophomore point guard Michael Alvarado was selected to the All-MAAC Third Team as announced on Monday. Jaspers' freshman Emmy Andujar rounded out Manhattan's solid representation in the league's postseason awards as he earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors.
With the accolades, Beamon becomes a finalist for the Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year and Andujar for the Rookie of the Year which will be announced on Thursday at the Postseason Awards Show at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The show will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. on MAAC.tv.
Beamon led the MAAC in scoring during the regular-season averaging 18.4 points per game and he is the first Jasper to earn First Team honors since Peter Mulligan did in 2004-2005. The 6'4" wing from Roslyn, N.Y. native also led the Jaspers in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and in steals (44). He ranks 31st nationally in scoring, as well as in the top-10 of the MAAC for 3-point field goal percentage (3rd, 41.2%), steals (6th - 1.5 spg) and free-throw percentage (7th - 80.0%).
He scored in double-figures in all 30 appearances this season and in 45 straight games dating back to last year. Beamon led the Jaspers in the scoring column 23 times and he posted nine 20+ point performances. His 552 total points are also the most scored by any player in the conference this season. Beamon was MAAC Player of the Week on Jan. 16 and also earned the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major National Player of the Week award after averaging 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and shooting 50% (16-32) from the field helping the Jaspers to wins over Iona and Siena.
Alvarado averaged 8.4 points and ranks sixth in the MAAC with 3.3 assists per contest in 28 games during the regular-season. The 2011 All-Rookie Team selection has been one of the premier point guards in the conference during his sophomore campaign. Alvarado, a 6'2" 185-pound native of the Bronx, posted 11 double-digit scoring efforts, including two 20-point performances. He is tied with Beamon for sixth in the conference averaging 1.5 steals per game and he is 10th shooting 76.9% at the free-throw line. He led the Jaspers in assists 11 times, including a career-high nine assists in Manhattan's victory over Siena on Jan. 14.
Andujar made an immediate impact on the Jaspers roster as the freshman from the Bronx has started 29 of 30 appearances during the regular-season. The versatile forward has filled the stat sheet averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Andujar is tied for seventh in the MAAC in assists per game and he ranks 16th in scoring. He also harbors a 49.5% field goal shooting percentage, which is the eighth highest in the conference. The two-time MAAC Rookie of the Week honoree has scored in double-figures 12 times this season and he has led Manhattan in assists on 11 occasions.
Manhattan gears up for the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships entering the tournament as the #3 seed. The Jaspers will face #6 Siena on Saturday in the Quarterfinals at 9:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.