Liberty men's basketball had four players earn All-Big South Conference honors after finishing the season with its most wins since the 2010-11 season. Four honorees for Liberty is the Flames' most since the 2008-09 season.
Junior Ryan Kemrite was named second team All-Conference while also being named to the All-Academic Team. In his final season at Liberty, John Dawson earned honorable mention All-Conference recognition while the duo of Myo Baxter-Bell and Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Kemrite is the first player from Liberty to earn second team All-Conference honors since John Brown received the honor in the 2010-11 season. This is the highest finish for a Liberty player since Jesse Sanders made First Team All-Conference in the 2011-12 season. The native of Conroe, Texas led Liberty in scoring this year averaging 13.6 points per game, shooting 50.2 percent from the floor. The junior made the most three-pointers on Liberty's team this season, averaging 2.4 threes per game while shooting 43.6 percent from beyond the arc. Kemrite was also named to the All-Academic Team after graduating in three and a half years with a major in business with a 3.4 grade point average. Kemrite is currently working toward earning his MBA.
For the second straight year, Dawson earned honorable mention All-Conference accolades after leading the Flames in rebounds, pulling down 4.3 boards per contest. The redshirt senior posted double-digit scoring games in 14 contests this season, including a season-high 20 points in a double overtime win on the road at Gardner-Webb. The native of Clovis, N.M. has started in all 52 games while at Liberty.
Baxter-Bell and Pacheco-Ortiz being named to the All-Freshman Team ties Liberty's record for most players named to the All-Freshman Team. The Flames did so previously in 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2008-09. Liberty has not had a player make the All-Freshman Team since 2009-10 (Evan Gordon). The duo made an immediate impact in their first season as they combined for 53 starts (Baxter-Bell 24 starts, Pacheco-Ortiz 29 starts).
Pacheco-Ortiz averaged the second most minutes on the team, playing 30.4 minutes a game. The native of Ponce, Puerto Rico ranked 14th in the Big South averaging 2.5 assists per game. During conference play, he elevated his play even more with 3.1 assists per game, which ranked 10th in the conference. In his rookie campaign, Pacheco-Ortiz has the Big South's best assist-to-turnover ratio (3.4) during conference play with 55 assists and just 16 turnovers.
Liberty needed a threat in the post this season and Baxter-Bell delivered in his first year averaging 7.6 points while pulling down 3.5 boards a game. Of the nine games Baxter-Bell posted double-digit scoring efforts, six were during conference play as he averaged 8.4 points during Big South games. The native of Dayton, Ohio scored a career-high 19 points twice in Big South meetings against Presbyterian and against Charleston Southern.
For a full list of the Big South awards, click here.
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