March 10, 2008

Coppens, Hollins selected to All-UAA teams

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University senior guard Joe Coppens of Rockland, Mass., was named to the University Athletic Association (UAA) first team. Sophomore forward Terrell Hollins of Springfield, Mass., earned a spot on the second-team All-UAA, while senior forward Stephen Hill of Brighton, Mass., and junior guard Kevin Olson of Rockport, Mass., both earned honorable mention.

Coppens, a 2007 UAA honorable mention, earned a first team All-UAA spot for the first time of his career. He is currently ranked 23rd on the Brandeis University all-time leading scorers list with 1,064 points through the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Coppens also holds the fourth spot all-time for career 3-pointers with 145, and is only the fifth person in school history to reach over 100 3-pointers.

Coppens leads the Judges in scoring with an average of 15.0 points per game, good for seventh in the UAA. Coppens also holds top conference rankings in field-goal percentage (48.6%, 11th) free-throw percentage (87.1%, 2nd), 3-point field goal percentage (43.8%, 5th) 3-point field goals per game (2.4, 4th) and steals per game (1.48, 6th).

Hollins earned the first All-UAA honor of his career as a member of the second team this season. He led the Judges in rebounds with an average of 6.0 per game, good for ninth in the UAA. Hollins held the second spot on the team in scoring, contributing 13.6 points per game, good for 11th in the UAA. Hollins also earned a fifth place spot in field goal percentage with 52.7%.

Hill finished second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game and fifth on the team with 7.6 points per game. Olson finished third with 11.0 points per game, and ranked eighth in the UAA for three-point field goals per game. Olson also ranks among the top three-point performers in school history with 97, needing just three more to become the seventh player all-time to reach the 100 mark.

Since taking on the Judges’ head coaching job in 2003, Brian Meehan has taken the team to their second straight NCAA tournament bid. Finishing the regular season with a 20-5 record and ranking fifth in the country after the final poll, the Judges finished second in the UAA with a 10-4 conference record. The Judges opened up the first round of the NCAA tournament with a win over Lasell College (80-59), and continued this momentum into the second round with a win over Bowdoin College (68-53), giving the team its first Sweet 16 bid in thirty years. The Judges head to Plattsburgh, N.Y. to take on seventh-ranked Plattsburgh State on March 14.

Coppens is a 2004 graduate of Rockland High School. He is the son Leo and Lynn Coppens, Rockland, Mass.

Hollins is a 2005 graduate of Longmeadow High School. He is the son of James and Karen Hollins, Springfield, Mass.

Hill is a 2004 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School. He is the son of David and Ingrid Hill, Brighton, Mass.

Olson is a 2005 graduate of Rockport High School. He is the son of Richard and Nancy Olson, Rockport, Mass.

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