Strickland Named HCAC MVP; Shaw Coach of the Year




TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, and Jim Shaw repeated as Coach of the Year in awards released by the league office.

Strickland becomes the first two-time conference Most Valuable Player for Rose-Hulman basketball in more than 40 years, while Shaw earned his fifth men's basketball Coach of the Year award in three conferences (ICAC, SCAC, HCAC).

Strickland also earned a spot on the first-team all-conference squad.  Sophomore Jimmy Miller (Indianapolis/North Central) earned second-team all-HCAC honors, while senior Jordy Martin (New Albany) was named to the league's all-sportsmanship team.

Strickland, a preseason honorable mention All-American and 2013 second-team NABC All-American, led the HCAC in scoring and ranks in the top 10 nationally with an average of 22.9 points per game.  His 619 points this year rank fourth in single-season school history and are the most by a Fightin' Engineer since 1970.  The civil engineering major also ranks sixth in school history with 1,718 career points.

Strickland's career includes three all-conference awards; two HCAC Most Valuable Player awards; and a pair of HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.  He will also be nominated for the NABC and all-region and All-America teams later this month.

Shaw captured fifth career Coach of the Year honor after leading Rose-Hulman to a 22-5 record and its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament.  The Fightin' Engineers have won 20 games in three straight seasons for the first time in program history.

Shaw also made history of his own by becoming the second coach at Rose-Hulman to win 300 games in his career.  His mark stands at 303-220 heading into the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament.

The efforts of Strickland and Shaw have also helped Rose-Hulman win back-to-back regular season and conference tournament championships for the first time in school history.

Miller finished second on the Fightin' Engineers in scoring average at 10.9 points per game this season.  He scored a career-high 32 points against Franklin in January, and earned a spot on the HCAC all-tournament team after averaging 19.0 points per game during the conference tournament.

Miller reached double figures in scoring 16 times this season and has accomplished the feat seven times in the last nine games entering the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Martin has started all 27 games at the point guard position for Rose-Hulman this season, averaging 5.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.  He has also shot 37% from three-point range on the campaign.

Rose-Hulman (22-5) squares off with Wheaton College (19-8) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Hope College in Michigan.  The winner of Friday's game will advance to the second round contest against the winner of the Hope vs. Penn State-Behrend contest at 7 p.m. on Saturday.