February 27, 2013

Three Named All-CC; Gyokchyan & Robinson Nab Top Honors

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Three members of the Franklin & Marshall men's basketball team were named to the All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team announced Wednesday. Hayk Gyokchyan earned a spot on the All-CC First Team and was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year while Matt Porter and Jon Salandra both made it to the second team. Glenn Robinson was also honored by his peers by being named Coach of the Year.  

Gyokchyan (Beirut, Lebanon/The Lawrenceville School) earns his second postseason honor from the conference after landing on the second team last season. The Player of the Year honor marks the fourth-straight year a Diplomat has garnered the award and gives F&M a conference-best nine overall. 

The senior ranked in the top-10 in multiple statistical categories in the conference. He was fourth in both rebounds per game (7.5) and three-point percentage (38.9), sixth with 15.9 points per game and seventh with a one block per game average. Gyokchyan scored in double-figures in 19 contests, including eight 20-plus point performances and had six double-doubles this season.  

Earlier in the season he became the 33rd player to reach 1,000 points in program history. He finished his career ranked fourth in blocks (133), sixth in games played (116) and seventh with 712 rebounds. 

Gyokchyan headlined a senior class that put together one of the best four-year spans in the history of the program. During their time at F&M, the Diplomats won four regular season titles, three conference titles, went to three NCAA Tournaments and made it to the Elite Eight twice. The group had 20 plus win seasons all four years and finished with a 97-21 overall record, 60-12 CC record and went 62-7 at the Mayser Center with a 14-4 postseason mark.  

Salandra (Harrison, N.Y./Hackley School) and Porter (North Brunswick, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) earn All-CC recognition for the second straight year after both received honorable mention last season.  

Salandra, a junior, was a consistent force in the paint and averaged 9.7 points per game with the fifth-best rebound average in the CC with 7.4 boards per game.  He scored in double-digits 15 times and finished the year with six double-doubles.  

Porter was F&M's defensive specialist and one of the main reasons behind a defense that ranked 15th in the country and first in the conference by only giving up 58.2 points per game. The junior held his own on the offensive side with 11.6 points per game. 

Robinson is earning his first CC Coach of the Year Awards since the CC started the honor five years ago. The honor is the 13th overall COTY in his career. Robinson, the all-time leader in victories in Division III, joined an elite class this season and became just the ninth coach among all three divisions to win 850 contests.  Under Robinson's watch, F&M has put together 25 seasons with 20 or more wins, won 19 conference titles, made 23 NCAA Tournaments, made the Elite Eight on 10 occasions and reached the Final Four five times. He currently has a career mark of 853-312.

This is the fifth year in a row that F&M has multiple players on the All-Conference Team. The Diplomats have the most first team selections in the 20-year history of the conference with 24.  

F&M finished the season with a 20-7 mark, won its fifth-straight regular season title and advanced to the its fifth-straight conference championship game.