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Men’s Hoops Trio Garners All-League Honors

March 2, 2015

EASTON, Pa. – Seniors Dan Trist and Seth Hinrichs and sophomore Nick Lindner, were honored with selections to the men’s basketball All-Patriot League Team, it was announced Monday. Trist was one of two unanimous first-team selections, while Hinrichs and Lindner garnered spots on the third team.

Trist finished the 2014-15 regular season as the Patriot League’s leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, dropping in 18.4 points per contest in league play. The Sydney, Australia native ripped down 6.7 boards per game on the season overall, good enough for fourth in the conference rankings, and knocked down 57.5 percent of his shot attempts from the field.

During Lafayette’s game at Yale on Nov. 26, 2014, Trist became the 40th 1,000th point-scorer in Lafayette history and, with 24 points in the Leopards’ win over Army on Saturday, he moved into the top-10 in all-time scoring with 1,435 career points. Additionally, Trist tallied three consecutive double-double’s midway through the month of February, the first Leopard to accomplish that feat since Stefan Ciosici ’98 recorded three straight in January, 1997. The Sydney, Australia native recorded five of his seven career double-double’s during his senior campaign.

Hinrichs earns his second consecutive third-team selection, adding to a second-team honor his sophomore season and an all-rookie selection as a freshman. The captain for the 2014-15 Leopards, he was second on the team and 10th in the league in scoring with 13.1 points per game, while also holding top-10 spots in the league rankings in free-throw percentage (1st, 86.3%), rebounding (8th, 5.8 pg), offensive rebounds (8th, 1.8 pg), defensive rebounds (9th, 4.0 pg), three-point field-goal percentage (10th, 39.0%) and blocked shots (10th, 0.8 bpg).

Hinrichs has amassed 1,481 points in his career to sit in sixth on Lafayette’s all-time scoring list. With 16 points in Thursday’s quarterfinal, Hinrichs would move into the top-five all-time, passing Ciosici for the fifth spot.  Nineteen points on Thursday would make Hinrichs the fourth member of the 1,500-point, 500-rebound club at Lafayette as the Clara City, Minn. native has recorded 549 rebounds over his four seasons on College Hill.

Finally, Lindner has grown into a consistent force on both ends of the floor for Lafayette in his sophomore season, adding a third-team selection to an all-rookie nod a year ago. Since entering Patriot League play, Lindner is second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and has led the Patriot League all season in assist/turnover ratio, averaging 3.0 assists to every one turnover on the year.

The Doylestown, Pa. native is second in the Patriot League in assists per game at 5.4 per contest and facilitates an offense that tallies 15.6 assists per game, good enough for the top spot in the league and 24th in the national rankings. Since an illness that kept him out of the Boston U. game on Feb. 9, Lindner has averaged 16.5 points per game, a 6.3-point increase in scoring above his 10.2 average before that date.  

A 74-64 win over Army on Saturday, coupled with losses by Boston U. and American, earned the Leopards the fourth seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, beginning with first round games on Tuesday evening. On Thursday, Lafayette will host fifth-seeded Boston U. at Kirby Sports Center in the quarterfinal round at 7 p.m.

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