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Sheppard and Stefanov Named All-North Coast Athletic Conference in Men’s Basketball

Hiram College men’s basketball players Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) and Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) have been named to the 2012-13 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams as second-team picks.  [All-NCAC Teams]

Sheppard caps his four-year career with his first All-NCAC award.  This season, he started all 25 games and finished second on the team in scoring with a 15.2 points per game average.  He was amongst the team leaders in field goal shooting percentage at 43.2 percent (139-of-322) and led the team in three-pointers made (59), attempts (140) and was second in percentage (42.1 percent).  Sheppard scored in double figures in 20 of 25 games, including scoring a career-high 28 points in an 81-62 win against Westminster (Pa.) College on Dec. 19.  In addition, Sheppard was second in assists with 74 and third in steals with 19.

For his career, Sheppard scored 874 points (9.8 ppg.) with a 41.7 lifetime shooting percentage (312-of-748).  He also has a career shooting percentage of 38.2 percent from three-point range converting 134-of-351 attempts.  His 134 makes rank in a tie for fifth all-time in program history while his 351 attempts are seventh most and his 38.2 shooting percentage is fourth-best all-time.  In addition, Sheppard ends his career with 148 rebounds, 163 assists and 46 steals.

Stefanov also earned his first all-conference award after a season that saw him lead the team in scoring at 16.1 ppg. while shooting 40.8 percent (118-of-289) from the field.  He missed the final two games of the season due to injury, but started all 23 games prior.  Stefanov also led the team in free-throw shooting with team-highs of 89 attempts, 81 makes and a 91.0 shooting percentage.  He was second behind Sheppard in three-point shooting going 118-of-289 for 38.4 percent.  He scored in double figures in 20 of 23 games, including a career-high 31 points in a 90-87 win against Case on Dec. 21.  In addition, Stefanov averaged 4.3 rebounds per game to go along with 44 assists, 13 steals and five blocked shots.

As a team, Hiram finished the 2012-13 season with an 11-14 overall record and finished in a tie for eighth in the NCAC at 5-11.

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