Lehigh junior center Tim Kempton shoots a free throw in the Mountain Hawks' game against Lafayette College on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at Stabler Arena. Kempton won his second straight Patriot League Player of the Year award. (Gracie Chavers/BW staff)

Lehigh men’s basketball garners numerous Patriot League honors


For the second straight season, Lehigh junior center Tim Kempton has garnered Patriot League Player of the Year honors as announced this afternoon.

The Scottsdale, Arizona, native averaged 17.8 points per game in league play, which ranked first in the Patriot League, to go along with 9.7 rebounds per game. Kempton joins an exclusive list of Patriot League players to win the award twice before their senior season. The only other two were Lehigh alum C.J. McCollum, ’13, and former Colgate University star Adonal Foyle.

In addition to winning Player of the Year, Kempton was unanimously selected to the All-Patriot League First Team along with fellow teammate and sophomore point guard Kahron Ross.

Ross tallied 11.4 points per game while dishing out an average of 6.0 assists per game. The former Patriot League Rookie of the Year had a career-high 24 points to go along with six assist to anchor Lehigh to a 80-65 win over first place Bucknell University.

Junior guard Austin Price received Third Team All-Patriot League laurels after finishing second on the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game. Freshman guard Kyle Leufroy was also named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team after completing the season third in scoring (11.4) among all rookies in conference play.

The Mountain Hawks will return to action on the Thursday in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals. Lehigh will play the winner of Navy and Lafayette College.

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