PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The American Collegiate Athletic Association announced the Men's Basketball All-ACAA awards this afternoon, recognizing three UMPI Owls. Seniors Anthony Chacho (Watertown, CT) and Kevin Collins (Fort Washington, MD) were named to the All-ACAA First Team. Chacho was also selected as the ACAA Defensive Player of the Year. Freshmen guard DeAndre Duncombe (Port St. Lucie, FL) rounded out the all-conference awards for the Owls, being selected as the ACAA Rookie of the Year.
In a break out year, Chacho logged nearly 1,000 minutes this season for the Owls, averaging 35.0 minutes per game and started in all 27 games. He averaged 9.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from three. The senior guard was in the top 10 in the conference in nearly every offense and defense category. His lock down defense, excellent rebounding, and all-out hustle was well recognized throughout the conference as every night he had the assignment of guarding the other team's best offensive perimeter player. Chacho's year was highlighted when he received ACAA Player of the Week on February 13th when he led the Owls to an 85-82 win over the College of St. Joseph's (VT), scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, while committing zero turnovers.
Collins had a great farewell campaign in his senior season as he goes down as one of the program's leading scorers with 1,262 career points. Collins led the ACAA in total points scored this season with 403 points. He also was in the top 10 in the ACAA in assists, steals, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws, and minutes. The senior guard averaged 14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. Collins was recognized across the conference as a pure scorer who could make big shots in clutch time. His year was highlighted with scoring his 1,000th point in an 80-72 win over Fisher College where Collins finished the game with 28 points. Collins was also named to the ACAA All-Tournament team for his stellar play in the ACAA tournament this past weekend.
Duncombe had a great first year for the Owls averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Duncombe found himself in the ACAA top 10 in points, 3-point field goal percentage, assists, minutes and was amongst the top of all those categories for first year players. Duncombe's year was highlighted when he received ACAA Player of the Week on January 2nd when he helped lead UMPI to a win over Connecticut College scoring 19 points, grabbing four rebounds, and dishing out three assists.