PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Keene State College senior forward Ty Nichols had been named the 2019 D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year and was one of two Little East Conference (LEC) men's basketball stars named to garner all-Northeast Region honors. Nichols was a First Team selection, while Eastern Connecticut State University junior guard and fellow Springfield, Mass. native Carlos Gonzalez earned Third Team honors.
The 2019 LEC Player of the Year, Nichols led the Owls to an overall record of 20-8 as they earned a share of the LEC regular season championship before going on the claim the 2019 LEC Championship Tournament title as the No. 1 Seed. His 27.4 points per game are the most in the league this season and rank him third in all of NCAA Division III.
Nichols also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding (eighth, 7.2 rpg), assists (third, 138), steals (second, 72), field goal percentage (sixth, 50.4%), 3-point shooting (fifth, 39.2%) and free throw percentage (fifth, 82.5%). The three-time First Team All-Conference pick was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 LEC Championship Tournament, and was recently selected to participate in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) 2019 Reese's® Division III College All-Star Game that will take place prior to the 2019 NCAA DIII Championship final.
Gonzalez, the two-time LEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference in steals (83) and assists (148) for the second straight season while averaging 16.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. The Warriors owned the No. 1 scoring defense in the league, allowing 68.6 points per game. The junior helped Eastern secure a share of the LEC regular season crown with a 13-3 league record and a berth in the tournament final for the third consecutive year.