PARKLAND – Following the most successful regular season in nearly 20 years for the Pacific Lutheran men's basketball team, three Lutes received All-Northwest Conference recognition as the conference announced its postseason honors Wednesday. The three honorees are PLU's most in more than 15 years.
Junior guard Brandon Lester received first-team recognition, giving PLU a first-team honoree for the first time since Brad Brevet in 1999. Senior post Bryce Miller was named to the second team and sophomore guard Dylan Foreman received honorable mention. PLU joins Whitworth and Pacific as the only teams with three honorees.
Miller and Lester each received honorable mention recognition during the 2013-14 season, while the honor is the first for Foreman. Lester became the first PLU player to score 400 points in a season since 2008 and finished the regular season ranked second in the conference in scoring (17.1 points per game). Lester also ranked second in the NWC in minutes (32.2 per game) and led the conference in made 3-pointers (67) and free throw percentage (85.6). His 428 points rank 31st on the all-time PLU leaderboard – while his per-game scoring average ranks 19th – and he'll have a chance to add to that total this week. He also became the 25th PLU player to reach 1,000 career points during the final weekend of the regular season.
Miller finished the regular season ranked second in rebounds (8.6 per game), third in blocks (1.2) and 11th in scoring (13.6). He started all 25 games for the Lutes and led the team in shooting percentage (.535) while ranking second on the squad with 59 assists. He totaled eight double-doubles during the regular season to go with a pair of 20-point games. Foreman also started all 25 games for the Lutes during the regular season and ranked second in the conference in 3-point percentage (44.6) while ranking sixth in scoring (14.7 points per game) and made 3-pointers (54) and eighth in free throw percentage (80.0). He had seven 20-points games during the regular season.
The all-conference trio helped lead the Lutes to a 16-9 regular season overall record and a 9-7 Northwest Conference mark, good for third in the conference standings and a berth in the NWC Tournament. The Lutes head to Walla Walla to take on second-seeded and ninth-ranked Whitman in a semifinal matchup Thursday at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live online and will be available by clicking the "Follow Live" link at GoLutes.com.
For the complete 2015-16 All-Northwest Conference men's basketball list, click here.