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Lower Columbia alum Lawrence Russell named GSAC Defensive Player of the Year

Lawrence Russell played his sophomore year at Lower Columbia College where he was the NWAC West MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.

Shackelford, Russell Go All-GSAC

Santa Clarita, Calif. -- After leading The Master's University to a remarkable regular-season turnaround, TMU's Reid Shackelford and Lawrence Russell have been named to the 2016-17 Men's Basketball All-GSAC Team presented by Under Armour. 

Russell, who was also named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year, may have been the club's top all-around performer, putting up strong lines on a consistent basis.  The junior transfer paced the club in rebounding (7.8rpg, second in the GSAC), assists (4rpg, third in the GSAC), and steals (1.9spg, second in the GSAC).  Russell (Port Townsend, WA) scored a season-high 24 points vs. Vanguard on February 25 and pulled down a season-best 12 rebounds on three occasions while recording a team-best 10 double-doubles.

Shackelford led the Mustangs in scoring and finished second in the GSAC at 16.9ppg.  The sharpshooting senior guard drained a school-record 10 three-pointers vs. Embry-Riddle (AZ) on November 11, 2016 en route to a career-high 51 points.  His 85 three-pointers were second-best in the conference and represented the seventh-best single-season mark in program history.  He had the third-highest free throw percentage (86%) mark in the GSAC, the ninth-best single-season mark in school history.

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