The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) announced on Wednesday, February 29, its 2012 All-IIAC Men’s Basketball Teams, and Buena Vista was represented with three individuals selected. It marks the fifth straight season that at least two Beavers were named all-conference performers.
Junior Wes Nordquist (Adel, Iowa/ADM) was the lone First Team selection for BVU, while seniors Doug Bissen (Earling, Iowa/Harlan) and Jeff Janssen (Fairmont, Minn./Fairmont) landed spots on the Second Team.
Nordquist, who was an Honorable Mention selection as a freshman, is a member of the First Team for the second straight season. He averaged 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds during conference play this season, while shooting nearly 57 percent from the field. He finished the regular season ranked second in league games in both scoring and rebounding. He posted five double-doubles against conference foes and scored at least 20 points in each of the final three regular season contests.
Bissen is an all-conference player for the third straight season and one of only two players this season to have achieved that feat. He was a Second Team performer last season and a First Team selection as a sophomore. Against conference opponents in 2011-12, he averaged 11.4 points and 7.4 rebounds and also shot better than 56 percent from the floor. He had three games of at least 10 rebounds during conference play and finished with one double-double.
Janssen turned in a career-year for BVU and has been recognized on the all-conference team for the first time in his four-year collegiate career. He finished second on the team during conference play in scoring, averaging 12.1 points per game. He made 38 three-point buckets during league games, shooting better than 41 percent. He made a season-best six long range buckets during BVU’s 75-61 road triumph at Coe College back in January. That was the first home loss by the Kohawks this season, and the only regular season home loss all year. He enters the NCAA Tournament with 156 career three-point buckets which is sixth-best all-time in BVU history.
The trio helped guide the Beavers to a 15-10 (11-5 IIAC) regular season mark and the second-seed into the league tournament. From there, it went on to pick up wins over sixth-seed Simpson College and top-seed Coe College, to earn the program’s seventh IIAC Tournament Championship.
Coe College’s David Mataloni was voted as the IIAC MVP this season, while Luther College’s Tyler Wedemeier was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year. The Kohawks’ Pat Juckem was named the IIAC Coach of the Year.
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