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West Liberty’s Dalton Bolon Named Mountain East Conference Player of Year

Hilltoppers’ Robinson, Yoakum are 1st Team, WU’s Reid 2nd Team

Photo by Kyle Lutz West Liberty’s Dalton Bolon was named MEC Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — West Liberty All-American Dalton Bolon was named Mountain East Conference Player of the Year Award for the second straight year and two more Hilltoppers also earned first-team honors on Wednesday when the MEC men’s basketball coaches revealed the 2021 All-MEC Team.

Junior guards Pat Robinson III and Will Yoakum joined Bolon on the All-MEC first-team unit. Yoakum is a repeat first-team selection while Robinson moved up after earning second-team laurels a year ago. The dynamic trio played key roles in leading Coach Ben Howlett’s No. 19-ranked Hilltoppers (13-3) to an MEC North Division championship — their fourth straight league title and 11th in the last 12 seasons. The Hilltoppers are riding a nine-game winning streak into this week’s MEC Tournament.

Bolon, a 6-foot-4 graduate student from Gnadenhutten, Ohio, is once again the leading scorer and rebounder on the nation’s highest-scoring team. He leads the MEC in Free Throw Percentage (61-66, 924) and ranks among the Top 5 in 3-Point Field Goals (3rd, 51 3FGs), 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (4th, 51-114, .447) and Scoring (4th, 22.0 ppg.). He is only the second man to repeat as MEC Player of the Year, joining West Liberty’s Seger Bonifant.

He blew past the 2,000-point career milestone earlier this season and currently ranks No. 4 all-time at West Liberty with 2,109 career points and is second on WLU’s all-time 3-point list with 334 bonus bombs. He scored double figures in all 16 games this season, going for 20 or more nine times and hitting 30-plus points twice, highlighted by a Hilltopper season-high 34 points against West Virginia Wesleyan. Bolon also had five double-figure rebound nights, topped by a 12-rebound game at Frostburg State.

Robinson, a 6-3 junior guard from Chesterfield, N.J., has continued to excel in his second season after transferring from Holy Family (Pa.). The silky-smooth sophomore is averaging 20.1 ppg. while shooting 55 percent (116-213) from the floor, 40 percent (26-65) from the 3-point arc and 77 percent (63-82) from the charity stripe.

Robinson is already well over 1,000 points for his collegiate career. His 879 points on the hilltop combined with 504 points from Holy Family put him at 1,383 career points. He’s had 15 double-figure scoring games this season with eight games of 20 or more points to go along with a season-high 30-point night in a 126-96 blowout of No. 24-ranked Fairmont State during the final week of the regular season.

Yoakum, a 6-5 junior wing from Delaware, Ohio, backed up his stellar sophomore season with another impressive campaign before going down with a late-season injury. A sky-walking scorer, he’s averaging 16.5 ppg. this season while shooting 56 percent (73-130) from the floor, 33 percent (15-45) from the 3-point arc and 76 percent (37-49) from the foul line.

Rapidly climbing West Liberty’s career scoring charts with 1,248 career points, Yoakum hit double-figures in 11 of his 12 games with a trio of 20-point nights. He had a season-high 23 points in an early-season win against Alderson Broaddus.

The West Liberty trio was joined on the All-MEC first team unit by West Virginia State’s Glen Abram and Anthony Pittman, the Fairmont State duo of Dale Bonner and Isaiah Sanders, Glenville State’s John Williams and Lamont McManus from Charleston. Davis & Elkins’ Sam Rolle was the MEC Freshman of the Year with Charleston’s Dwaine Osborne repeating as MEC Coach of the Year.

Wheeling’s Reid selected All-MEC Second Team

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Wheeling University senior guard Jordan Reid was voted All-Mountain East Conference (MEC) Second Team announced the league office Wednesday afternoon.

Reid becomes a two-time Second-Team All-MEC selection after ranking third in the league and 10th in all of Division II with 22.5 points per game. He also led the team and ranked 10th in the MEC with 7.8 rebounds per game, led the team and slotted sixth with 0.93 blocked shots per game, and ranked fifth with five double doubles.

The Maryland native finished the regular-season fourth in Division II in free throws made (113) and second nationally in attempts (157), despite only playing in 15 games this season.

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