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ORU Men Earn All-Conference Honors

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ORU's Damen Bell-Holter (left) and Warren Niles (right) both made first team all-conference honors. Teammate Shawn Glover (not pictured) made second team. ORU's Damen Bell-Holter (left) and Warren Niles (right) both made first team all-conference honors. Teammate Shawn Glover (not pictured) made second team.
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Three Oral Roberts' men's basketball players earned all-conference honors, it was announced Tuesday by the Southland Conference. Seniors Damen Bell-Holter and Warren Niles were both first team all-conference, while junior Shawn Glover was named to the second team.

Stephen F. Austin's Taylor Smith earned Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Northwestern State swept Freshman (Jalan West) and Newcomer of the Year (DeQuan Hicks) honors. SFA's Danny Kaspar took home Coach of the Year honors after leading the Lumberjacks to a first-place finish.

Of the three Golden Eagles honored, one of them has led ORU in scoring in each of the last 15 games and the trio has accounted for four 30-point games, 27 20-point games and 15 double-doubles this season. Additionally, the three leading scorers and rebounders for ORU have combined to score 1,500 points, which accounts for 68 percent of the team's scoring, and 579 rebounds, 52 percent of the team's rebounds.

Niles and Bell-Holter are both etched all over the career record books, with Niles sitting ninth on the all-time scoring list and fourth in made 3-pointers. Bell-Holter is approaching the top five in rebounding and is fourth in blocked shots. No surprise their senior seasons have also been two of the best in ORU history as well, with Bell-Holter grabbing 302 rebounds so far, the ninth-best season in ORU history. After tying his career high with seven 3-pointers last game, Niles jumped from ninth to sixth on the single-season charts with 89.

One of the most versatile players on the ORU roster, Glover has consistently led the team in a number of different statistical categories, scoring at least 10 points in 22 of the 29 games in which he has played. He scored at least 24 points in four of five games in the middle of the season, including a career-high 28 point effort on the road at Northwestern State. After the regular season, Glover is tied for the team lead in blocks, second on the team in rebounding, third on the team in scoring, and third on the team in assists.

2013 Men's Basketball All-Southland Conference Teams

First Team

Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin

Damen Bell-Holter, Oral Roberts

Fred Hunter, Nicholls State

Warren Niles, Oral Roberts

Brandon Fortenberry, Southeastern Louisiana

Second Team

DeQuan Hicks, Northwestern State

Shawn Glover, Oral Roberts

Antonio Bostic, Stephen F. Austin

James Hulbin, Northwestern State

Hal Bateman, Stephen F. Austin

Third Team

Roosevelt Johnson, Southeastern Louisiana

Shamir Davis, Northwestern State

Jarvis Garner, Central Arkansas

LaQuintin Miles, Central Arkansas

Dontae Cannon, McNeese State

Honorable Mention All-Conference: Jalan West, Northwestern State; James Thomas, Sam Houston State; Johnathan Jordan, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Will Nelson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Darius Gatson, Sam Houston State; Desharick Guidry, McNeese State; Robert Crawford, Central Arkansas; Desmond Haymon, Stephen F. Austin; Kevin Hardy, McNeese State.

All-Defensive Team

Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin

Antonio Bostic, Stephen F. Austin

Jalan West, Northwestern State

Hal Bateman, Stephen F. Austin

Kevin Hardy, McNeese State

Individual Superlatives

Player of the Year: Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin

Defensive Player of the Year: Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin

Freshman of the Year: Jalan West, Northwestern State

Newcomer of the Year: DeQuan Hicks, Northwestern State

Coach of the Year: Danny Kaspar, Stephen F. Austin

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