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March 24, 2014

Monaghan named All-American

Becomes 9th player in program history to receive award

MANKATO — The postseason awards keeping coming in for Minnesota State men's basketball player Zach Monaghan, who on Monday was named to the Daktronics All-American second team.

Monaghan, a junior point guard, is the ninth player from the program to receive All-America honors, and the first since Jefferson Mason was named an All-American in 2011. Other Minnesota State All-Americans are Hank Epp (1947), John Schultz (1961), Pat Coleman (1996), Jamel Staten (2005), Luke Anderson (2006, 2007), Atila Santos (2008) and Travis Nelson (2010).

"It's a pretty cool experience," Monaghan said. "But at the end of the day, I couldn't so anything without the help of the other players. I have some pretty talented players to play with, and that makes it easier."

Monaghan started all 35 games this season, averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 assists, which led Division II. He to nine double-doubles and led the Mavericks with 64 steals.

"My dad always used to say, if I would doing it for all the individual stuff, I'd play Chinese checkers," Monaghan said. "I'd trade it all to still be playing this week."

Monaghan established a Minnesota State single-season record with 282 assists. He was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player of the year, as well as the Daktronics Central Region player of the year.

Minnesota State finished its 2013-14 season with a 30-5 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Mavericks set a single-season record with 30 wins this year. Minnesota State close out the 20-13-14 campaign by winning 14 of its last 15 games. The balanced MSU squad featured five players averaging more than 11 points per game during that final 15-game stretch.

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