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Men's Basketball Hands Out End of Year Awards
Updated: Tuesday 05/01/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team announced its 2012-13 award winners at the program's annual banquet. Sophomore Marcus Thornton highlighted the night, winning the team's Most Valuable Player Award along with taking home the W&M statistical awards for assists and free throw shooting. Senior Brett Goodle and junior Tim Rusthoven took home of pair of awards on the night, while seniors Doug Howard and Matt Rum received honors as well. 

Thornton became just the third player in Tribe history to be named First-Team NABC All-District along with being just the second W&M sophomore to garner Second-Team All-CAA honors. He led the Tribe, ranked second in the CAA and 31st nationally in scoring at 18.8 points per game, while his 565 points on the season were the ninth most in W&M history. One of the top shooters in the country, Thornton led the CAA in both 3-pointers made (3.1) and 3-point percentage (43.5), which ranked 10th and 16th, respectively, in the country. He started all 30 games for the Tribe, scoring in double figures in every context, including 14 20-point performances.

Thornton took home the Tribe statistical awards for free throw shooting and assists. He led the Tribe and ranked third in the CAA at 82.7 percent from the charity stripe. He was even better in crunch time, the final five minutes and overtime of games, hitting at an 87.5 percent (56-of-64) clip. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native also topped the Tribe in assists at 2.8 per game, which ranked 12th in the CAA. He produced five games of five or more assists, including a career-high six at Purdue on Dec. 29.

Goodloe was voted the Mark Batzel Award winner as well as the team's Arete Award recipient. The Mark Batzel Award is given to the player that displays leadership, determination, mental toughness and heart, while having the ability to instill those qualities in his teammates, while the Arete Award is bestowed on the Tribe player with the highest cumulative grade point average. Goodloe joined the Tribe basketball program after spending his first three seasons on the W&M baseball team. A hard worker, he excelled in the classroom as well, carrying a GPA of better than 3.8 and will earn his degree from W&M in neuroscience. A CAA All-Academic team selection, he scored five points, his first with the Tribe, in W&M’s victory over Salisbury on Dec. 21.

Rusthoven was voted as the team’s Most Improved Player and took home his second straight statistical award for rebounding. He garnered Third-Team All-CAA honors for the Tribe, while starting 29 of 30 games. The 6-9 junior forward averaged 14.4 points and seven rebounds per game as one of only three players in the CAA to rank among the top 11 in the league in both categories. His 56 percent shooting from the field top the CAA and ranked 26th nationally. Rusthoven’s seven rebounds per game were the most for the Tribe player since 2002. He recorded five double-doubles on the year, which were the most for a W&M player since 2004-05 and the sixth most this season in the CAA. Earlier in the year, Rusthoven pulled down 16 rebounds in a win over Hofstra on Feb. 2, marking the most for a Tribe player since David Culley had 26 against VMI in 1995-96.

Howard took home of the 'Kraze' Award, given in honor of former Tribe team captain John Kratzer.  The award is named in honor Kratzer, who received the inaugural United States Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Athlete award. Kratzer lettered two years with the Tribe, before being diagnosed with cancer and battled the disease for three more years. Throughout the ordeal, he continued to provide an inspiration to the Tribe and provided the major emotional lift that allowed the College to upset No. 2 North Carolina, 78-75, on Dec. 7, 1977. After spending his first three seasons with the Tribe as a walk-on, Howard received a scholarship before the start of the 2012-13 campaign. Over his career, he appeared in 31 games with two starts and was a three-time CAA All-Academic team selection.

Rum was voted as the Tribe’s defensive MVP by his teammates. He was W&M’s top perimeter defender, routinely drawing the defensive assignment of the opponent’s top offensive player. He ranked 14th in the CAA with 4.2 defensive rebounds per game and finished the year with a career-high 30 steals. Among his top defensive performances, Rum limited First-Team All-CAA guard and league Rookie of the Year R.J. Hunter to just 1-of-7 shooting and 0-of-4 from 3-point range for just six points during the Tribe’s game at Georgia State in January. He also held Hofstra’s leading scorer Taran Buie to a 3-of-18 shooting performance in the Tribe’s Feb. 2 win over the Pride. At George Mason on Feb. 23, Rum limited Second-Team All-CAA guard Sherrod Wright to 3-of-12 from the floor and just six points.
Howard, Rum, junior Kyle Gaillard and senior Andrew Pavloff were presented with Captain's Cups after serving as the Tribe's leaders during the 2012-13 season. W&M’s senior manager Ryan Brown was named the recipient of W&M's Sixth Man Award for his hard work and dedication to the program. Brown spent the last three years serving as the Tribe’s manager, and he will graduate from the College in May with a bachelor’s degree in Math.

Next season, the Tribe returns its top four scorers from a team that produced the sixth-best point total in school history. In all, W&M returns 91.7 percent of its scoring (1892 of 2064), 84.8 percent of its rebounding (847 of 999), 79.9 percent of its assists (342 of 428), 84.3 percent of its 3-pointers made (188 of 223), 79.2 percent of its steals (122 of 154) and 97.8 percent of its blocked shots (89 of 91) from this season. Tribe returnees accounted for 84.4 percent of minutes played (5191 of 6150) in 2012-13, including 80 percent of its starts (120 of 150). ,
2012-13 Tribe Men's Basketball Awards
Team MVP: Marcus Thornton
Most Improved: Tim Rusthoven
Kraze Award: Doug Howard
Mark Batzel Award: Brett Goodloe
Arete Award: Brett Goodloe
Assists Award: Marcus Thornton
Defense Award: Matt Rum
Rebound Award: Tim Rusthoven
Free Throw Award: Marcus Thornton
Captain's Cups: Doug Howard, Kyle Gaillard, Andrew Pavloff, Matt Rum
Sixth Man Award: Ryan Brown

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