Stone Named to C-USA All-Defensive Team


POSTED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 2:53pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 7:53pm

UTEP senior guard Julyan Stone was one of five players named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team on Tuesday.  NewsChannel 9's Fred Albers has your Tuesday 6:00 Sports

Joining Stone on the squad were four other seniors -- SMU forward Papa Dia, UAB guard Aaron Johnson, Houston guard Zamal Nixon and Southern Miss guard Sai’Quon Stone.

Dia was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.

Stone leads the Miners in rebounding (7.4 avg.) and ranks second in steals (1.6 avg.) and third in blocks (0.5 avg.). He is third on UTEP’s career steals list (207) and 10th in rebounding (722). Stone has had six games with double-digit rebounds this season, including 49 during a four-game span versus Tulane (twice), Houston and Rice in January. He posted point/rebound double-doubles versus Pacific (12 points/11 rebounds), Texas Tech (15 points/10 rebounds) and Marshall (12 points/12 rebounds).

The third seed Miners will take on Marshall or Houston in the quarterfinals of the Buick Conference USA Championships on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center.

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