Kuntz, Hawkins Named All-Conference, Stewart Coach of the Year

Kuntz, Hawkins Named All-Conference, Stewart Coach of the Year

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Stevenson men's basketball junior Justin Kuntz was named to the All-Commonwealth Conference Second Team while senior Alfonzo Hawkins earned all-conference accolades as an honorable mention announced Thursday. Head coach Gary Stewart was named Coach of the Year.

Kuntz and Hawkins are the ninth and tenth all-conference selections in the teams 19-year program and the third and fourth in two seasons in the Commonwealth Conference. Last season senior Stefon McCray and Brett Burrier '13 earned honorable mention honors while sophomore Christian Roberts was named to the second team while also earning Rookie of the Year.

This season Kuntz ranks second on the team with 11.8 points per game while leading the team and ranking third in the conference with 8.7 rebounds per game. He also ranks sixth in the conference with 1.6 blocks. His 55.4 field goal percentage and 227 rebounds rank seventh in school history while his 41 blocks are five shy of tying the school record.

Kuntz, who posted a career-high 25 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Arcadia on Dec. 7, 2013, has totaled eight double doubles this season.

Hawkins leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game while ranking third with 59 assists and 40 steals. His 1.5 steals per game ranks sixth in the conference. In 26 games this season, Hawkins has scored in double figures in 20 games, including a career-high 26 points in a win over NYU Poly.

In the final seven games of the regular season, Hawkins averaged 12.9 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field.

Stewart earns coach of the year in just his third season with the team. It is his second career coach of the year honor after being named NCAC Coach of the Year while coaching Cal St. East Bay.

Stewart guided a team that finished with nine wins and a fifth place finish in the conference to 13 conference wins and a share of the regular season title. This season the Mustangs have posted three wins over top-20 teams, including a sweep of conference foe Messiah.

This season, Stewart has led his team to 19 wins which is one shy of the school record set in both the 2006-06 and 2006-07 seasons. For the second-straight season, the Mustangs have posted an above .500 record which is just the fifth time in program history.

On March 16, Stewart will coach in the second-annual MAC Senior All-Star game which features seniors in the Commonwealth Conference versus seniors in the Freedom Conference.

Stevenson (19-7) will host second-seeded Alvernia in Saturday's Commonwealth Conference championship game with tip-off tentatively scheduled for 3:00 p.m. The two teams, picked first and second in conference preseason poll, split their season series with the top-seeded Mustangs winning at home 75-52 on November 26.