Lehigh Men’s Basketball Announces Team Awards

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BETHLEHEM, PA. – Lehigh men’s basketball announced its team awards on Friday, where four award winners were recognized for their contributions and achievements on and off the pitch.

Junior Nic Lynch received the Coaches Award, which was presented to the person who has made a significant contribution to the team’s wellbeing in terms of recruitment, improvement or special leadership. Lynch started all 15 games in 2021 and finished second on the team in the standings (12.1 points per game) and third in rebound (4.5 per competition), but his impact went way beyond the boxing score. He reached double-digit points in each of his first nine games, including 22 and then 20 points against Lafayette on the opening weekend of the season. He later scored 22 points in 9-of-10 at Lafayette on February 27.

Andrei Arion received the Scholar-Athlete Award. The second year has a cumulative grade point average of 3.77 in bioengineering. In the first two years, Arion was included on the Dean’s List several times (for one semester GPA over 3.6). He was also inducted into the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and received the Faculty Athletics Council Award (for semester GPAs above 3.2).

Senior Marques Wilson, an All-Patriot League team on the third team and an All District Award winner on the second team, added the team’s Most Outstanding Athlete to his résumé. Wilson averaged 15.3 points per game in 2021, good for the Mountain Hawks’ front runners and 10th in the Patriot League. He hit double digits 10 times in 15 games after having done so 20 times in his first 73 competitions in his first three college seasons. As a senior, Wilson topped 20 points four times. His senior year started on an impressive note, hitting a career high of 28 points in the opener against Lafayette, including a long 3-pointer in overtime. That evening, the SportsCenter shot ran as Scott Van Pelt’s best he saw that day.

Sports coach Ryan Lynch received the Mountain Hawks’ Sixth Man Award for all of his tireless work for the student athletes and the program. Not only did he have his normal extensive athletic training duties, but also the planning and implementation of COVID-19 protocols that enabled the opportunity to compete.

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