2015 All-MAAC team announced; Canisius’ Lewis Third Team All-MAAC

By Nick Veronica

maaclogoIona’s A.J. English and David Laury were unanimous First Team All-MAAC selections, the league announced during Monday’s conference call.

English averaged 19.5 points and 5.2 assists per game while Laury scored 20.1 ppg and pulled in 9.5 rebonds per game.

Canisius’ Zach Lewis was named to the MAAC’s Third Team while Canisius’ Kassius Robertson and Niagara’s Dominique Reid were named to the All-Rookie Team.

All-star teams are selected by the MAAC’s head coaches. The conference Player of the Year will be announced at 5 p.m. Friday.

Here’s the rest of the All-MAAC teams:

[RELATED: 2015 MAAC Tournament bracket set]

All-MAAC First Team

G A.J. English, Iona (repeat selection, unanimous)
F David Laury, Iona (unanimous)
F Emmy Andujar, Manhattan – 16.5 ppg 7.5 rpg
G Justin Robinson, Monmouth – 13.4 ppg, 3.8 apg
G Zaid Hearst, Quinnipiac – 18.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg
C Matt Lopez, Rider – 12.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg

Second Team

G Schadrac Casimir, Iona – 15.2 ppg, 48.3 3pt%
G/F Chavaughn Lewis, Marist – 20.3 ppg, 2.2 spg
F Ousmane Drame, Quinnipiac – 14.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg
G Teddy Okereafor, Rider – 11.3 ppg, 4.0 apg
F Marvin Dominque, Saint Peter’s – 14.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg

Third Team

G Zach Lewis, Canisius – 12.9 ppg, 1.7 spg
F Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield – 16.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg
F Ashton Pankey, Manhattan – 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg
G Deon Jones, Monmouth – 127 ppg, 46.5 FG%
G Rob Poole, Siena – 14.2 ppg, 83.3 FT%

All-Rookie Team

Kassius Robertson, Canisius
Tyler Nelson, Fairfield
Schadrac Casimir, Iona
Dominique Reid, Niagara
Ayron Hutton, Quinnipiac


Postgame interviews: Iona 101, Canisius 91

[Manhertz update + Immediate reactions]

By Nick Veronica

Canisius coach Jim Baron had some strong words in the press conference about a play that injured Zach Lewis in the second half.

Lewis was on a fast break, looked behind him before going to the hoop, and was caught by Iona’s Isaiah Williams, who bumped Lewis on his way up and sent him crashing into the base of the hoop. Williams was assessed a flagrant foul but it did not appear to be a malicious play.

“The kid could’ve been killed,” Baron said.

Lewis appeared to be holding his left shoulder after the play and Baron said Lewis was woozy on the bench. It apparently wasn’t serious enough to go through concussion protocol, though, and Lewis re-entered the game shortly after. Billy Baron said later that he expects Lewis to be fine.

Jim Baron opened his press conference talking about the incident and said the momentum changed after that play. Listen for yourself:

Jim Baron

(sorry about the weird buzz in the room)

Canisius players Billy Baron and Phil Valenti

Iona coach Tim Cluess and players David Laury and A.J. English