3.3.14 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Hardin First Team All-GLIAC; DuPont, Vucic Second-Team
Men's Basketball, 2014-03-03
(BAY CITY, Mich.) Walsh University placed three players on the men’s basketball All-GLIAC Team. Jesse Hardin (So., 6-1, Warren, OH/Harding) was named first team, with Brad DuPont (Sr., 6-0, Massillon, OH/Jackson, OH/Wheeling Jesuit) and Hrvoje Vucic (Sr., 7-1, Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso) each selected second team. DuPont was also named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team.
Hardin led the Cavs in scoring, averaging 15.1 points, scoring 393 points. He shot 47% from the floor, 40% from three-point, and 77% from the line. He also averaged 4.6 rebounds. Jesse scored in double figures in 20 games and scored a career-high 30 at Michigan Tech. Hardin scored 20 or more points in a single game seven times. He also averaged a team-best 32.8 minutes per game.
DuPont did about everything for the Cavs in his final season. He leads the GLIAC in assists (5.8) and NCAA ll in assist/turnover ratio (3.8), while averaging 8.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, shooting 45% from the floor, 38% from three-point, and 77% from the line. He also led the Cavs with 32 steals. Brad scored a career-high 21 points against Ferris State, and scored in double figures in ten games. He handed out 12 assists against Northwood, and grabbed 11 rebounds against Malone in Walsh’s Mayors’ Cup win. DuPont normally guarded the opponent’s top scorer when the match-up warranted it.
Hrvoje Vucic, the tallest player in Walsh history, was also one of the Cavs’ most consistent players. Vucic averaged 13.4 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds. He was among the GLIAC leaders in three-point shooting the entire season at 44%. Vucic shot 53% from the field, and 81% from the foul line. He scored in double figures in 19 games, and posted four double-doubles. Vucic scored a career-high 25 points against Northwood, with a career-best 15 rebounds in the same game.
Third-seeded Walsh (21-5) opens GLIAC Tournament play on Wednesday night at home in a quarterfinal game against sixth-seeded Northwood University (18-12) at 7 pm at Alumni Arena. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $2.00 for non-WALSH students, children five and under are free, and Walsh students will admitted free with a valid ID. The game will be broadcast live on WNPQ FM, 95.9.