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WNE Men's Basketball Jake Harrison Named CCC Player of the Year, Coach Tabb Earns Top Honors

Published: March 02, 2023 | Categories: All News
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Western New England University (WNE) is proud to announce that sophomore Jake Harrison has been named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player of the Year, leading the way for several other standout performers on the WNE men's basketball team.

Jake Harrison played in and made starts in 27 games this season for Western New England, averaging 17.1 points per game on the year, 34.4 minutes per game and shooting 55.5 percent from the field. Harrison led Western New England in nearly every statistical category this season while also leading the CCC in total assists (158), assists per game (5.9), free throw attempts (194) and triple doubles (1). Harrison's 158 total assists on the season ranks ninth in the NCAA. The South Boston, Massachusetts native sees himself rank in the tops in all of NCAA Division III men's basketball in assists per game (17th), free throw attempts (6th), total free throws (13th), and triple doubles (2nd). Harrison becomes the first Golden Bear to win CCC Player of the Year in the program's history.

In addition to Harrison's impressive recognition, three other WNE players were named to All-CCC teams. Tim Restall, a senior forward from Tolland, CT, was named to the All-CCC First Team, while Gavin Greene, a junior guard from Monroe, CT, earned a spot on the All-CCC Third Team. Senior guard Brian Geitner, from Tolland, CT also picked up Third Team honors.

The impressive individual performances were part of an outstanding team effort that earned Western New England Men's Basketball Head Coach Colin Tabb recognition as CCC Coach of the Year. Tabb was named CCC Coach of the Year after guiding the Golden Bears to a 21-7 record and bringing WNE to their first ever Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship game this season.

Tabb accumulated the most wins in program history since the 2006-2007 season and is now 13 wins away from 100 career wins with WNE. Tabb is the first Coach of the Year winner in the CCC for Western New England. Under the direction of Tabb, Western New England led the CCC in field goal percentage and assists per game and was second in the conference in total field goals made, free throws made, points per game, and offensive efficiency. Tabb has led Western New England to five straight playoff appearances.

The Golden Bears wrapped up their 2022-2023 season with a 21-7 overall record and a 14-4 record in conference play. For more information on this achievement, please visit the WNE Golden Bears Athletics website.