LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland seniors Tranard Chester, Andrew Rogan and Ty Sean Powell garnered Second Team All-Mid-South Conference recognition, as announced by the league office over the weekend during the conference tournament in Pikeville, Ky.
In addition sophomore Chad Foster was selected as the MSC Champions of Character recipient based on his academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and demonstration of the five core character values of the NAIA.
Powell led the Phoenix with 16.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, both team-highs. The Cleveland, Ohio, native ranked sixth in the Mid-South Conference in scoring and third in rebounding, netting double figures 19 times with six double-doubles.
He posted 23 points and 15 rebounds at Campbellsville University, hitting 10-of-18 shots overall, and combined for 44 points and 16 boards in the two meetings versus Georgetown College. He scored 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting against the University of Pikeville and finished with 23 points versus Tennessee Wesleyan and 27 at Bethel University. Powell also finished second on the club with 44 assists.
Chester netted double-digits 13 times in the last 20 contests of the season, averaging 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds for the season. The Lexington, Ky., native upped those totals to 14.4 points and 5.6 boards over the final 18 games of the year once he moved into the starting lineup, collecting 20-plus points five times.
He exploded for then career-bests of 24 points and 10 rebounds in the January 5 win over Lindsey Wilson, including 18 points in the second half. Chester collected a career-high 25 points at Pikeville, 21 of those in the second period, and got hot in the second half at home versus Georgetown, netting 22 of his 24 points with four 3-pointers. He grabbed five or more rebounds in a game 15 times during the season, including 12 of the last 16 contests.
Rogan ranked second on the club with 15.0 points with 4.4 rebounds while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native recorded 18 double-figure scoring outings, including 27 points with six 3-pointers against Oakwood University and 20 points with four triples versus Tennessee Wesleyan. He made 7-of-8 from 3-point range and finished with 27 points at home versus Fisk University.
Rogan netted 20-plus points in four of the team’s last five games, registering 24 points at Lindsey Wilson, 25 versus Shawnee State and 23 against Georgetown College in the conference tournament.
2018-19 First Team All-Mid-South Conference
Stephaun Adams, Campbellsville University
Chris Coffey, Georgetown College
Malik Colvin-Seldon, University of the Cumberlands
Eljay Cowherd, Georgetown College
Jayvian Delacruz, University of Pikeville
Luke Layhew, University of Pikeville
Evan Milligan, Life University
Andrew Smith, Campbellsville University
Troy Steward, Georgetown College
Hagen Tyler, Campbellsville University
2018-19 Second Team Mid-South Conference
JR Adams, Lindsey Wilson
Joe Burton, Georgetown College
Tranard Chester, Cumberland University
Xaviar Gaona, University of Pikeville
Jordan Griggs, University of the Cumberlands
Shakaris Laney, Lindsey Wilson
EJ Onu, Shawnee State
Ty Sean Powell, Cumberland University
Andrew Rogan, Cumberland University
Kel Stotts, Lindsey Wilson
Player of the Year: Jayvian Delacruz, University of Pikeville
Freshman of the Year: Jahi Hinson, University of the Cumberlands
Defensive Player of the Year: Eljay Cowherd, Georgetown College
Coach of the Year: Chris Briggs, Georgetown College
Champions of Character Award: Chad Foster, Cumberland University