February 28, 2012

Hale and Farmer named All-NCAC

Denison junior Dimonde Hale was named to the first-team All-NCAC squad, while senior Larry Farmer was awarded the second-team honors. Both were also named to the NCAC All-Tournament team as the Big Red reached the finals for the first time in program history.

Hale was recognized for the third straight season by the NCAC, receiving second-team distinction in 2010-11 and the Newcomer of the Year award and honorable mention in the conference in 2009-10.  The junior is the first Big Red to appear on the first-team since Dan Hodgkinson in 2006-07.

The Columbus, Ohio native led the Big Red and finished third in the NCAC in scoring with 16.8 points per game and he also added 6.9 rebounds per contest.  Hale finished the year shooting 54.6 percent from the field.  The junior started 27 of 28 games for the Big Red, scoring in double figures on 24 occasions and posted five double-doubles on the season.

Hale shined in the NCAC Tournament, averaging 20.0 points per contest, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field, and pulling down 9.7 rebounds per game.  The junior had a 20-point, 15-rebound performance in the Big Red's semifinal victory over No. 17 Wittenberg.

Farmer received second-team honors for the second time in his career.  The Gurnee, Ill. Native averaged 12.5 points per game and was fourth in the conference in rebounding with 8.2 a game.  The senior led the conference in offensive rebounds (84), tied for the conference lead in steals (45), and was in the top five in assists (78).  Farmer scored in double figures in 19 contests and had nine games of double-digit rebounding.  He leaves Denison as the school's all-time leader in steals (132) and games played (112).

Farmer led the Big Red past NCAC Quarterfinal opponent Wabash and into the semifinals for the first time since the 1997-98 season, as he exploded for 17 unanswered points during a four and a half minute stretch in the second half.  The senior finished the game with a season-high 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds.  For the tournament, Farmer averaged a double-double with 15.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.