Evan Kelley and Cane Broome of the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team were both recognized by the Northeast Conference on Tuesday, as the league announced its 2014-15 All-NEC teams, as well as major award winners. As voted on by the head coaches throughout the conference, Kelley was selected Third Team All-Conference, while Broome was chosen as one of five All-Rookie team members.
Kelley becomes the eighth Pioneer in school history to be named to a NEC All-Conference team, and the first sine Shane Gibson was tabbed a first-team member in 2012-13. Kelley finished the season second on the team, and tenth in the conference, with an average of 13.6 points per game. He led the Pioneers in scoring a team best eleven times this season, and twice scored a SHU season-high 27 points. On January 18 at Robert Morris, he became the 38th player in Sacred Heart history to score 1,000 career points. In addition, Kelley is also leading the Pioneers in steals, is second on the team in minutes, and third in assists and field goal percentage. He ranks in the top 16 in conference in each of those categories.
Broome joins current teammate De'von Barnett, who received the accolade last season, as well as three other SHU players who have been honored as an All-Rookie selection. The freshman has received five Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week awards in 2014-15, which is second most in the league. Along with NEC Player of the Year Jalen Cannon, Broome was the only other player in the top 15 of the league in eight statistics. Ranking eighth in the NEC, he is leading Sacred Heart with an average of 14.2 points per game. Broome is also leading the Pioneers in minutes, free throws made, and free throw percentage, and is second on the team in defensive rebounds, assists, steals, three pointers made, and three point percentage.
Sacred Heart will play in its first NEC tournament since 2012, and just second since 2009, when it travels to Bryant for a 7 pm quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday. Sacred Heart swept the season series, defeating the Bulldogs by scores of 83-66 on January 24, and 84-75 in overtime on February 7. The two teams have never met in the postseason.