McCree, Boykins Earn All-Conference Honors
March 6, 2017
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech’s Erik McCree and Jacobi Boykins received All-Conference USA honors, announced by the league office on Monday in a vote by the head coaches and media representatives from each school.
The two upperclassmen played instrumental roles in leading the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the league despite being picked seventh in the preseason. That five-spot jump in the standings tied for the best with UTSA.
McCree was named to the five-person first team, marking the second straight year the forward has received all-conference accolades, while Boykins was named to the five-person third team for his first career postseason award.
McCree led LA Tech in scoring (17.7) and rebounding (8.7) this season, both of which ranked in the top six in Conference USA. He also ranked ninth in the league in field goal percentage (48.2).
The redshirt senior was as consistent as you could be, starting in all 31 games and scoring in double figures in 29 of them. He ended up having nine 20+ scoring performances, including a career performance against Southeastern Louisiana where he registered 33 points and 18 rebounds.
The Orlando, Florida native ended up with 12 double-doubles on the year, the second most in the league and the sixth most by a Bulldog in the last 25 years.
He is currently just one of four forwards in the country with at least 185 made field goals, 50 made three-pointers and 115 made free throws.
His scoring partner Boykins averaged 15.0 points per game which ranks 13th in the conference with seven 20+ scoring outputs. He also posted his first career double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) against North Texas and set a new career high of 26 points in non-conference play versus UMES.
The shooting guard shot 41.3 percent from three-point range, the fourth best percentage from deep in the league. He made at least four three-pointers in 12 games, including a career-best seven threes at Louisiana-Lafayette which tied for the third most in school history.
The St. Petersburg, Florida native currently has 85 made three-pointers, the second most in a single season in program history. He needs only four more to break the record held by Kenyon McNeail.
Since joining C-USA in 2013-14, the Bulldogs have had the most all-conference selections of any team with nine. They are also the only team to have multiple players named all-conference every year during this four-year span.
As the No. 2 seed in the C-USA Tournament set to take place in Birmingham, Alabama, the Bulldogs will face either UAB or Charlotte on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. inside Legacy Arena (BJCC) in the quarterfinals.
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