NewsMVNU to Honor Lone Men's Basketball Senior on Tuesday
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball team will honor Benji Hall, the team’s only senior, on Tuesday evening prior to the Cougars’ final regular-season home game against Tiffin University that will tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Over the past four years, Hall has helped to lead MVNU to an 85-45 record (.654 winning percentage) as the Cougars won one National Christian College Athletic Association national title (2001-2002) and finished as the runner-up in another NCCAA National Tournament (2003-2004). The team has also posted three straight 20-win campaigns and is 18-8 overall this year.
Hall, a 6-foot-2 wing from Mansfield, Ohio, has played in 121 games in his career at MVNU. The former Ontario High School standout has recorded 853 points, 365 rebounds, 195 assists, 85 steals, and 43 blocked shots during his four-year career. This season, Hall has started all 26 games for the Cougars and is averaging 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He is also second on the team with 30 three-pointers made and 58 assists. Earlier this season, Hall was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Indiana Wesleyan University Invitational as the Cougars won the tournament title.
"Benji has been an integral part of our success over the last four years,” said MVNU head coach Scott Flemming. "He has had some big games where he has carried us at times. He is a quiet leader, who has a very good mind for the game of basketball. He has been versatile enough to play several positions.”
"I know our players would say that Benji is a great teammate,” Flemming added. "He genuinely cares about others, and that is evident by his actions and words. I know Benji will be successful at whatever he chooses to pursue in the future. I am glad he chose to be a Cougar.”
Following Tuesday’s game against Tiffin, MVNU will close out the regular season with three straight American Mideast Conference South Division road games as the Cougars look to qualify for the AMC Tournament and possibly earn a first-round home game.