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March 11, 2013

Rogers and Saldivar Earn All-Big Sky Men’s Basketball Honors

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Gabe Rogers was named to the All-Big Sky first-team and senior guard Stallon Saldivar earned honorable mention honors on the 2013 all-conference teams selected by the league head coaches on Monday.

"It feels good," said Rogers. "I followed in the footsteps of a guy I looked up to in Cameron Jones. My senior year really made up for a lot of things that did not go my way my junior year. A lot of people had faith in me including my team, family and (my fiancé) Jenne."

Rogers has averaged 18.1 points per game, the best mark in the Big Sky Conference and 45th in Division I, and tallied 20.1 points per game in conference games (also tops in the league). The Houston native is one of three seniors in Division 1 among the Top 50 in scoring, Top 25 in 3-point field goals made per game and Top 60 in 3-point field-goal percentage. He joins Isaiah Canaan of Murray State and Shane Gibson of Sacred Heart in the rare category.

Rogers, who was an All-Big Sky second team selection as a sophomore, scored in double figures in 19 of 20 Big Sky Conference games and has 561 points on the season, tied for the second best total in school history behind only Jones. He has made 93 three-pointers on the year entering the Big Sky Tournament.

Saldivar garnered his first all-conference honor with his selection to the honorable mention team.

"It means a lot to me," said Saldivar. "It is a team award as much as an individual accomplishment. I give my teammates all the credit because without them I would not be here."

Saldivar recorded the first triple double in school history and the only one in Big Sky play this year on Feb. 9, 2013 against Eastern Washington with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He averaged 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game for the season, including a league-best 5.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds (ninth) in Big Sky play. He ranks second in the Big Sky in assists overall and 87th in Division I.

The Lumberjacks will open the Big Sky Tournament on Thursday against No. 2 seed Weber State at 2 p.m. Arizona time. The game can be heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM The Big Talker, online on the Big Talker website and via their mobile app.

Award Winners

MVP

Kareem Jamar, Jr., F/G, Montana

Newcomer of the Year

Davion Berry, Jr., G/F, Weber State

Freshman of the Year

Venky Jois, Fr., F, Eastern Washington

Defensive Player of the Year

Will Cherry, Sr., G, Montana

All-Big Sky Basketball Team

First Team

Player, School, Position, Ht., Year, Hometown

Kareem Jamar, Montana, G/F, 6-5, Jr., Venice, Calif.

Will Cherry, Montana, G, 6-1, Sr., West Oakland, Calif.

Troy Huff, North Dakota, G/F, 6-5, Jr., Milwaukee, Wisc.

Gabe Rogers, Northern Arizona, G, 6-2, Sr., Houston, Texas

Derrick Barden, Northern Colorado, G, 6-5, Jr., Detroit, Mich.

Davion Berry, Weber State, G/F, 6-4, Jr., Oakland, Calif.

Scott Bamforth, Weber State, G/F, 6-2, Sr., Albuquerque, N.M

Second Team

Player, School, Position, Ht., Year, Hometown

Mathias Ward, Montana, G, 6-7, Sr., Gig Harbor, Wash.

Aaron Anderson, North Dakota, G, 5-10, Jr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Tate Unruh, Northern Colorado, G, 6-4, Jr., Branson, Mo.

Jackson Stevenett, Southern Utah, F, 6-4, Sr., Kaysville, Utah

Damon Heuir, Southern Utah, G, 6-2, Sr., Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Kyle Tresnak, Weber State, C, 6-10, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Honorable Mention

Player, School, Position, Ht., Year, Hometown

Venky Jois, Eastern Washington, F, 6-7, Fr., Boronia, Australia

Chris Hansen, Idaho State, G/F, 6-4, So., Fort Collins, Colo.

Jordan Gregory, Montana, G, 6-2, So., Pueblo, Colo.

Flavien Davis, Montana State, F, 6-5, Jr., Milwaukee, Wisc.

Christian Moon, Montana State, G, 6-2, Sr., Inkster, Mich.

Stallon Saldivar, Northern Arizona, G, 6-0, Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah

Aaron Moore, Portland State, F, 6-8, Jr., Riverside, Calif.

John Dickson, Sacramento State, F, 6-6, Sr., San Francisco, Calif.

Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State, G, 6-2, So., Huntington Beach. Calif.

Frank Otis, Weber State, F, 6-6, Sr., Oakland, Calif.