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OVC honors Payne, Williams and Porter

By James D. Hornejhorne@paducahsun.com

The honors flowed in from the Ohio Valley Conference on Tuesday as two players from Murray State University's men's basketball team and one from its women's team were named to All-OVC Teams.

Freshman guard Cameron Payne was chosen the OVC's Freshman of the Year and also selected for the All-OVC First Team and All-Newcomer Team. Junior forward Jarvis Williams was named to the All-OVC Second Team and to the All-Newcomer Team.

"I'm very pleased to see Cameron and Jarvis recognized by our league for the way they performed this season," Murray State coach Steve Prohm said. "They're both very deserving of this honor, and we're all very proud of them. Both have handled themselves with humility all season."

Freshman Taylor Porter was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team. She is the 22nd Racer in the women's program history to be named to either the All-Freshman (prior to the 2003-04 season) or the All-Newcomer team, and her selection marks the fourth straight year in which a MSU player has been chosen for the honor.

Payne was a virtual lock to be named Freshman of the Year after being named the OVC Freshman of the Week nine times, which set a Murray State mark and was two off the league record.

Payne joins former Racers Ivan Aska (2008-09) and Isaiah Canaan (2009-10), who were also named OVC Freshman of the Year.

"I found out I was chosen on Twitter," Payne said. "People were sending me notifications so I tuned in to Twitter and got on the OVC Twitter page and looked at all who won as they came through. I was happy about it, but I couldn't have done it without my team and my coaches. It made me proud of the accomplishments I made."

Payne has consistently ranked among the top in the OVC in scoring, assists and steals.

He enters this week's OVC Tournament seventh in scoring (17.5 points per game), second in assists (5.6) and seventh in steals (1.5). He ranks third in the nation among freshmen in assists.

Payne, out of Lausanne Collegiate School, had his first MSU double-double against Austin Peay (Jan. 31) with 12 points and 12 assists. His season-high in points was his 29 at Belmont on Feb. 6. Against Eastern Kentucky (Jan. 8), Payne had 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and three steals.

Payne made his debut at MSU with a 21-point showing in the season opener at Valparaiso (Nov. 8). It was the best debut since Antoine Whelchel scored 27 against Gardner Webb in 2000. Early in the season Payne became the first Racer freshman to have two 20-point games since Aska in 2008-09.

Williams, a junior who transferred from Gordon State College, was also almost guaranteed to be named to the All-Newcomer team after he tied the OVC single-season record with seven Newcomer of the Week awards.

"When I first heard the news I was excited. The first thing I did was call my father to let him know what I had accomplished," Williams said. "He told me he was proud of me and he loved me, because I've come so far. I got to give all the credit to my teammates and coaches, but it did feel good to have that individual accomplishment at the end of the day."

He ranks second in the OVC and eighth nationally with 10.4 rebounds per game and is second in the nation with a field goal percentage of 63 percent. His 14.3 points per game ranks 12th in the OVC.

Williams had 13 double-doubles and 16 games with 10 or more rebounds. He ranks 17th nationally in double-doubles. His top rebounding night was his 18 at home against Southeast Missouri on Jan. 2, which tied the CFSB Center record. He also had two perfect shooting games this season of 9-of-9 at Eastern Kentucky on Jan. 8 and 7-of-7 at Belmont on Feb. 6.

Williams' high scoring game was 28 points at home against Austin Peay on Jan. 31, when he was 12-of-16 from the field. In the last game of the season against SEMO, when it wasn't sure he would play because of bask spasms, he played 49 of a possible 50 minutes in the double overtime game, ending with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @psunsports.

2013-14 All-OVC Teams and Award Winners

(voted on by the league's head basketball coaches and sports information directors)

Player of the Year: J.J. Mann, Belmont

Freshman of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State

Defensive Player of the Year: Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky

Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd, Belmont


First Team All-OVC

J.J. Mann, Belmont

Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky

Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri

Cameron Payne, Murray State

Patrick Miller, Tennessee State


Second Team All-OVC

Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri

Craig Bradshaw, Belmont

Jarvis Williams, Murray State

Angelo Warner, Morehead State

Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois


OVC All-Newcomer Team

Cameron Payne, Murray State

Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri

Jarvis Williams, Murray State

Donivine Stewart, SIUE

Reggie Smith, Eastern Illinois


2013-14 All-Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Teams

(voted on by the league's head basketball coaches and sports information directors)

OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Heather Butler, UT Martin



OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Rick Peitri, Jacksonville State



Heather Butler, UT Martin *

Jasmine Newsome, UT Martin*

Marie Carpenter, Eastern Kentucky

Diamond Henderson, Tennessee Tech*

Jordyn Luffman, Belmont



Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois

Candace Morton, Jacksonville State

Chelsea Hudson, Tennessee State

Almesha Jones, Morehead State

Ashia Jones, UT Martin



Ashia Jones, UT Martin

Micah Jones, SIUE

Taylor Mills, Belmont

Tearra Banks, Austin Peay

Taylor Porter, Murray State

* - 2012-13 First Team All-OVC

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