February 21, 2007

ODAC ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference men's basketball team at the conference tournament banquet held on Wednesday evening at the Salem Civic Center.

Washington and Lee junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was named to the six-man first team. He is the first W&L player to garner First Team All-ODAC recognition since Cam Dyer in 1995-96.

Bienemann has started all 24 games to date and is averaging a team-high 17.9 points, a team-best 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.5 blocks per game. He is also shooting 56.6 percent (176-311) from the floor.

Bienemann scored in double-figures in 21 of the team's 24 games and has eight games of 20 or more points, including a career-high-tying 33 points against Lynchburg College.

An Honorable Mention All-ODAC choice last season, Bienemann has led the team in scoring for each of his three seasons. He posted 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds last season and he claims 998 career points.

Joining Bienemann on the first team were Virginia Wesleyan's Brandon Adair, Randolph-Macon's David Carlson, Eastern Mennonite's Jason Sager, and Ben Strong and Jordan Snipes of Guilford. Strong was tabbed the ODAC Player of the Year, while Guilford mentor Tom Palombo was named the Coach of the Year. Bridgewater's Dominic Trawick received the Rookie of the Year and Hampden-Sydney's Matt Green garnered the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

Washington and Lee (11-13, 6-12) is the eighth seed for the ODAC Tournament and will face top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan in the first round on Friday at 1:00 pm.

2006-07 ALL-ODAC MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ben Strong, Guilford
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Dominic Trawick, Bridgewater
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tom Palombo, Guilford
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Matt Green, Hampden-Sydney

FIRST TEAM
Brandon Adair, Va. Wesleyan
Greg Bienemann, W&L
David Carlson, Rand.-Macon
Jason Sager, E. Mennonite
Jordan Snipes, Guilford
Ben Strong, Guilford

SECOND TEAM
Ton Ton Balenga, Va. Wesleyan
Jeremy Dixon, Rand.-Macon
Mike Edwards, Hamp.-Sydney
Phil Hawley, Rand.-Macon
Josh LaPorte, Roanoke
Curtis Peery, Roanoke
Dominic Trawick, Bridgewater

HONORABLE MENTION
Steven Echols, Lynchburg
Josh Fox, Bridgewater
Turner King, Hamp.-Sydney
Brad Parkes, E. Mennonite
Drew Prehmus, Hamp.-Sydney
Lance Reasbeck, Emory & Henry
Justin Short, Rand.-Macon

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