HILLSBORO, Ore. – Northwest Conference men's basketball coaches have voted Kyle Roach and Ben College as first team members of the 2019 All-NWC team, while Jared Christy received honorable mention consideration, according today's release from the conference office.
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Roach, the 2018 NWC Player of the Year, garnered first team selection for the second year in a row. The senior wing from Marinwood, California ranks fifth all-time in career scoring at Whitworth for men's basketball with 1,589 points. In 2018-19 Roach has averaged 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He scored a season-high 35 points in the Pirates' victory over George Fox on February 9th and was selected as the NWC's Player of the Week on January 21st. Roach was an NABC Division III All-American in 2018 and he is in his third season as a starter at Whitworth.
College, who was an honorable mention All-NWC honoree last season, claims first team recognition this winter. He leads the Pirates, and ranks third in the NWC, in scoring average at 20.2 points per game. According to current NCAA statistics, College ranks second in the league in three-pointers per game (3.21) and fourth in three-point percentage (43.3). He is seventh in all of NCAA Division III in free throw percentage. College, a junior shooting guard from Portland, set a school record with 11 three-pointers and established a career-high with 37 points during the Pirates' 104-74 win over D'Youville College on December 8th.
Christy, a senior forward from Spokane (Ferris), received honorable mention consideration after claiming second team recognition each of the last two seasons. Christy averages 9.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season. His rebound total ranks third in the NWC. He has five double-doubles in 2018-19 and has 28 in his career. Including his two seasons at PLU, Christy has totaled 1,126 points and 949 rebounds in his career.
The three Pirates are a big reason Whitworth is 20-5 this season, the 14th straight year the Bucs have reached the 20-win mark. They will lead Whitworth into the 2019 Northwest Conference Tournament, beginning with Thursday night's semifinal game against Linfield College.