Knight and Lynch Earn All-MVC Accolades
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March 4, 2014
ST. LOUIS - Illinois State junior guard Daishon Knight and freshman center Reggie Lynch each garnered two All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in recognition of their efforts during the 2013-14 regular season, as released by the league office Tuesday morning.
Knight was named to the All-MVC Honorable Mention Team and the All-Newcomer Team, while Lynch earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team and the All-Freshman Team.
ISU has not placed a freshman on both the MVC All-Freshman and All-Newcomer Teams since Osiris Eldridge accomplished the feat in 2007. It is also the first time since 2007 that the Redbirds have earned two out of five spots on the All-Newcomer Team. Meanwhile, Knight's MVC Honorable Mention is Illinois State's first since 2008. Voting was conducted by coaches, sports information directors and a media panel (voters could not vote for their own student-athlete.)
A transfer from Odessa (Texas) College, Knight set an ISU record by receiving four Valley Newcomer of the Week honors throughout the 2013-14 season, and Illinois State finished the year with a league-best six MVC Newcomer of the Week accolades. Knight leads the Redbirds and ranks No. 11 in the league with 13.4 points per game on 127-for-337 (37.7 percent) shooting from the field and 43-for-141 (30.5 percent) shooting from beyond the arc. He is also No. 7 in the MVC with a 104-for-129 (80.6 percent) shooting mark from the free throw line.
The Baltimore, Md., native is tied with Lynch for the team's top rebounding-average (4.5 per game), and he ranks No. 8 in the league with 4.0 defensive rebounds per contest. Knight is also averaging 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game, while amassing a 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. Knight has led the Redbirds in scoring and rebounding in a team-high 16 and 11 games, respectively. He scored a career-high 26 points in Illinois State's win over Bradley (Feb. 15), and he has collected a career-best eight rebounds in three games.
Meanwhile, Lynch is the current MVC Newcomer of the Week after totaling career highs in points (16), rebounds (eight), blocks (five) and minutes (29) to lead ISU in its Valley win over Indiana State (Feb. 26). Lynch - who is averaging 8.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season - is in sole-possession of No. 2 on the ISU single-season blocks list - with 79 stuffs - second only to Jeff Wilkins' 103 blocks in 1976-77. Lynch is also tied for ninth on the career-blocks list, and he holds the record for most freshman blocks after surpassing the previous high of 52 earlier this year.
Lynch is currently pursuing the MVC freshman blocks record of 92, set by Creighton's Benoit Benjamin in 1982-83. Now in sole possession of second on the MVC freshman blocks list after passing Bradley's Patrick O'Bryant (2004-05), who totaled 75 stuffs, Lynch leads the league and ranks No. 31 nationally with 2.6 blocks per game. He has led the Redbirds in blocks 26 times this season.
The Edina, Minn., native is also shooting 96-for-154 (62.3 percent) from the field, putting him on pace for two more spots in the ISU record book. While Lynch must make four more field goals to achieve the required 100-minimum, he currently ranks No. 1 in ISU freshman field goal percentage (the current record is 45.7 percent by Billy Lewis in 1974-75) and No. 5 on the single-season field goal percentage list. Lynch's shooting percentage ranks second in the MVC.
After finishing tied for fourth place in the final league standings, Knight, Lynch and the Redbirds are now preparing for their Friday afternoon matchup against Missouri State in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals, with tipoff scheduled for 2:35 p.m. CT. ISU split its regular-season series against the Bears, and the Redbirds hold a 4-1 edge versus MSU at the Valley Tournament. All-session tickets to Arch Madness are available through the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office by clicking here or by calling (309) 438-8000.
ISU's quarterfinal game can also be watched live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, FOX Sports Midwest, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.
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