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Benimon up for award

27 February 2013 By Jesse Jones, Associate Sports Editor No Comments

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named a finalist for the 2013 Lou Henson Award. The award is given to the Mid-Major Player of the Year, or in other words, the top player who doesn’t play in a “Power Six” conference.

With 19, Benimon leads the nation in “double-doubles.”

He is fourth in the nation in rebounding averaging 11.1 and 73rd in the nation in points with 17.2 per game. Benimon was also the first player among all Division-I players to score 20 points and grab 20 rebounds in a game this season.

His 53.9 field goal percentage is second in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Benimon scored a career-high 31 points against George Mason Tuesday night in Towson’s 85-81 overtime win.

“It would be a great accomplishment to win the award,” he said. “Especially with knowing how much hard work I put in during my sit-out year. It would also be great for our team and program because it will give the program some great notoriety and show how far we have come.”

The Lou Henson award is 33 percent fan voting. To vote for Benimon, go to facebook.com/point3basketball and click on the “Player of the Year” link. “Like” the page and then select Benimon.

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