Benson Earns Little East First Team & All-Defensive Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference has announced the 2013 All-Conference selections and major award winners.  Earning a spot on the First Team and All-Defensive teams was junior center Rahshjeem Benson (Boston, Mass.), making him the first player since 2007 to earn a spot on the First Team, as well as becoming the first player in program history to be named to both teams in the same season.

The only player to close out the 2012-13 season with a double-double in the Little East Conference, Benson finished the year averaging 12.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game (18th in Division III).  The new holder of the single-season rebounding recording at UMB, Benson closed out his first college season with the Beacons with an impressive 184 boards.  From the field he was one of UMB's most consistent shooters as he shot 49.8% on the year (128-257).

Having played in all 25 games this season, Benson finished the year with a team-best nine double-doubles and averaged over 29 minutes of playing time per game.  In the win over Suffolk University in November, Benson had a career-night posting 31 points, while also finishing with 19 rebounds (second highest during the season).  His best overall performance on the glass came in the huge conference win over Southern Maine on February 5 when he pulled down 24 rebounds (one short of tying the single-game record) while also dropping in 14 rebounds.  In the playoff game at Southern Maine, Benson broke the single-season rebounding record after finishing the contest with 11 boards to go along with his 18 points.

On the defensive side of the ball, Benson was a shot blocking machine for the Beacons.  In the 25 games played this year, he averaged 2.3 blocks per game, which led the LEC and ranks 22nd in the country.  He rejected a career-best seven shots in the win over Framingham State University in December, which also tied him for the single-game record as well.  On the year he finished with 58 blocked shots, which was just four short of tying the single-season mark at UMB.  On the defensive glass, Benson finished with 184 boards to lead all Beacons.  He also came-up with 34 steals, which was third-most on the team. 

Not afraid to move the ball, Benson was also one of the Beacons top playmakers as he led the team for a majority in the season with his 2.8 assists per game.

Named a three-time Little East Conference Player of the Week selection, Benson led the Beacons to one of their best overall finishes in recent memory as UMB posted a 12-13 record overall, 6-8 in the conference.  The Beacons claimed their Annual Harbor Invitational Tournament championship after defeating the University of New England and Trinity College (Conn.) in November.