March 6, 2014

Augsburg's Kornbaum headlines 2013-14 MIAC Men's Basketball Awards

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The 2013-14 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men's basketball season just finished and, Thursday, the league's top performers from another outstanding season on the court were honored with the announcement of the 2013-14 MIAC Men's Basketball Awards.

The top three individual awards were spread out among three of the league's top teams. Augsburg senior Dan Kornbaum was named the MIAC Joe Hutton Player-of-the-Year for his outstanding play in the post for the Auggies. St. Olaf's Dan Kosmoski was voted the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year by his peers in recognition of the Oles' milestone season, and Saint John's sophomore Alex Schmitt was named the league's top reserve with his selection as MIAC Sixth Man-of-the-Year.

In addition to the top individual honors, the MIAC also announced the MIAC All-Conference, All-Defensive, All-Freshman and All-Conference Honorable Mention teams, and it recognized the Men's Basketball All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.

Kornbaum was a dominant force in the paint for the Auggies for the second season in a row after transferring from UM-Duluth, resulting in his Joe Hutton Player-of-the-Year honor and a second-straight All-MIAC selection. Kornbaum helped the Auggies to a third-place finish in the MIAC this season at 14-6 (18-8 overall) and two-straight trips to the MIAC Playoffs.

This season, Kornbaum averaged 19.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game with 43 blocked shots, and he shot a remarkable 66.7 percent from the floor, 61.9 percent on 3-point attempts and 75.3 percent from the line. In conference play, Kornbaum led the league in scoring (19.1 ppg), points (382), blocked shots (36)field goals (159), field-goal percentage (69.7) and offensive rebounds (53), and he ranked second in rebounds per game (7.9), total rebounds (158).

Kosmoski's milestone 20th season leading the Oles has been one to remember, as his team won its first-ever MIAC Playoff title and received a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, where it will take on Central (Iowa) Friday in Stevens Point, Wis., to open the tournament. St. Olaf has set new school records for regular-season (22) and MIAC (17) wins with a 22-5 overall record, and a 17-3 conference mark. The Oles finished in second, just a game behind regular-season champ St. Thomas, and they'll enter the NCAA Tournament on a five-game winning streak. St. Olaf has won 15 of its last 16 games.

St. Olaf has been stingy on defense this season, allowing just 57.5 ppg and holding opponents to just 42.9 percent shooting from the floor, both of which rank No. 1in the MIAC, and it allowed a league-leading 56.0 ppg in conference play. The Oles ranked third in scoring (72.4 ppg), second in assists (14.6 per game) and were the only team in the league to average single-digit turnovers (9.6 per game). Kosmoski coached a pair of All-MIAC selections, an All-Defensive Team pick and an All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree.

Schmitt received his Sixth Man-of-the-Year award for his contributions to Saint John's 13-7 MIAC record (15-11 overall) and fourth-place finish in the standings and earn a MIAC Playoff bid. The Johnnies won 10 of their final 12 regular season games, and were the only team to beat MIAC champ St. Thomas in the regular season as they swept their two meetings with the Tommies.

Schmitt - a sophomore guard - averaged 11.1 points per game for Saint John's while shooting a remarkable 93.6 percent from the free-throw line (44-for-47) in addition to 50.5 percent from the floor. In conference play, Schmitt averaged 9.9 points in 16.1 minutes per game, and his average of 24.8 points per 40 minutes in MIAC games ranked No. 1 in the league this season.

Kornbaum was one of two All-Conference selections to receive the honor for the second year in a row, along with Saint John's senior wing Seth Marx. Four players earned both All-Conference and All-Defensive Team honors - Carleton's Taylor Hanson, St. Olaf's Sterling Nielsen, St. Thomas' Erik Tengwall and Augsburg's Noah Veach. Tengwall and Veach were repeat All-Defensive Team selections. And standout Bethel rookie Brycen Wojta earned both All-Conference and All-Rookie Team honors.

St. Thomas captured its ninth-straight MIAC regular-season championship this season, and was rewarded with three All-Conference selections, which tied Augsburg for the league's lead. St. Olaf and Gustavus had two All-MIAC players apiece, and Bethel, Carleton, Concordia, Hamline and Saint John's each had one player honored. The All-MIAC team was heavy on experience, as the 15-member squad was comprised of nine seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the eighth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for men's basketball. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.


2013-14 MIAC Men's Basketball Awards

Joe Hutton Player-of-the-Year - Dan Kornbaum, Augsburg (Sr., Post, Little Falls, Minn.)
Sixth Man-of-the-Year - Alex Schmitt, Saint John's (So., Guard, Chaska, Minn./Waconia)
Coach-of-the-Year - Dan Kosmoski, St. Olaf (20th season)


2013-14 MIAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Team

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Jordan Bolger Concordia  So.  Forward  Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview 
Jordan Dick  Gustavus  Sr.  Wing  Wabasha, Minn./Wabasha-Kellogg 
Dior Ford  Hamline  Jr.  Forward  Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro 
Connor Gunderson    St. Olaf  Sr.  Guard  Austin, Minn. 
Taylor Hanson  Carleton  Sr.  Forward    St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy 
Dan Kornbaum  Augsburg  Sr.  Post  Little Falls, Minn. 
Seth Marx Saint John's    Sr.  Wing  Maple Grove, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's 
Sterling Nielsen  St. Olaf  Jr.  Guard  Sioux Falls, S.D./O'Gorman 
Conner Nord  St. Thomas  Jr.  Forward  Eden Prairie, Minn. 
Zach Riedeman  St. Thomas  Sr.  Forward  Forest Lake, Minn. 
Andy Seidlitz  Augsburg  Sr.  Guard  New Hope, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong 
Erik Tengwall St. Thomas  Sr.  Guard  Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer    
Noah Veach  Augsburg  Sr.  Forward  Grand Haven, Mich. 
Brycen Wojta  Bethel   Fr.  Guard  Maple Grove, Minn. 
Brody Ziegler  Gustavus  So.  Post  Mankato, Minn./East 

2013-14 MIAC Men's Basketball All-Defensive Team

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Martin Feddersen    Gustavus Jr.  Wing  Winona, Minn. 
Taylor Hanson  Carleton  Sr.  Forward    St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy   
Sterling Nielsen  St. Olaf  Jr.  Guard  Sioux Falls, S.D./O'Gorman 
Erik Tengwall  St. Thomas    Sr.   Guard  Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer 
Noah Veach  Augsburg  Sr.  Forward  Grand Haven, Mich. 

2013-14 MIAC Men's Basketball All-Freshman Team

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Tianen Chen Carleton  Fr.  Forward    Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora Township   
Kareem Ismail Macalester  Fr.  Center  Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep 
Peter Kruize  Gustavus  Fr.  Post  St. Peter, Minn. 
Grant Shaeffer    St. Thomas    Fr.  Guard  Eden Prairie, Minn. 
Brycen Wojta  Bethel  Fr.  Guard  Maple Grove, Minn.

2013-14 MIAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Honorable Mention

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Marcus Alipate  St. Thomas  Jr.  Guard  Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson
Luke Buttenhoff  Bethel  Sr.  Forward    Watertown, Minn./Mayer Lutheran 
Martin Feddersen  Gustavus  Jr.  Wing  Winona, Minn. 
Parker Hines  Augsburg  Jr.  Guard  Lakeville, Minn./Minnehaha Academy 
Brian Jacobs  Gustavus  Jr.  Post  Lake Crystal, Minn./LCWM 
Dylan Kilgour  Macalester  So. Guard  La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley   
Blake Maslonkowski    Saint John's  Jr.  Post  St. Joseph, Minn./St. Cloud Apollo 
Kevin McKenzie  Saint John's    Sr.  Guard  De Pere, Wis./Notre Dame Academy 
Justin Pahl  St. Olaf  So.  Guard  Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge 
Will Swiggum  Saint Mary's  So.  Forward  St. Charles, Minn. 

2013-14 Men's Basketball All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team

Augsburg - Dan Kornbaum (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.)
Bethel - Kyle Zimmerman (Sr., Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park)
Carleton - Cameron Webb (Sr., Portland, Ore./Lincoln)
Concordia - Tom Fraase (So., Bismarck, N.D./Century)
Gustavus - Jordan Dick (Sr., Wabasha, Minn./Wabasha-Kellogg)
Hamline - Dior Ford (Jr., Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro)
Macalester - Kyle Bernhard (So., Sleepy Hollow, Ill./Dundee-Crown)
Saint John's - Jack Wittenborg (Sr., Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson)
Saint Mary's - Aaron Romportl (Fr., Stillwater, Minn.)
St. Olaf - Josh Pratt (Sr., Roseville, Minn./St. Anthony)
St. Thomas - Jimmy Ancius (Jr., La Crosse, Wis./Aquinas)


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