EKU's Cosey, Carpenter make All-OVC first teams

March 4, 2014 

Eastern Kentucky's Glenn Cosey drove around Belmont's Evan Bradds. Cosey had 13 points and four steals. The Colonels, who trailed by a point at halftime, used a 13-0 run in the second half to put away Belmont.

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    AWARDS

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

    Defensive Player of the Year: Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky

    Freshman of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray St.

    Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd, Belmont

    TEAMS

    FIRST TEAM — J.J. Mann, Belmont; Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky; Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri; Cameron Payne, Murray St.; Patrick Miller, Tennessee St.

    SECOND TEAM — Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri; Craig Bradshaw, Belmont; Jarvis Williams, Murray St.; Angelo Warner, Morehead St.; Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois.

    ALL-NEWCOMER TEAMCameron Payne, Murray St.; Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri; Jarvis Williams, Murray St.; Donivine Stewart, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville; Reggie Smith, Eastern Illinois.

    WOMEN

    AWARDS

    Player of the Year: Heather Butler, UT Martin

    Defensive Player of the Year: Jasmine Newsome, UT Martin

    Freshman of the Year: Ashia Jones, UT Martin

    Coach of the Year: Rick Peitri, Jacksonville St.

    TEAMS

    FIRST TEAM — Heather Butler, UT Martin; Jasmine Newsome, UT Martin; Marie Carpenter, Eastern Kentucky; Diamond Henderson, Tennessee Tech; Jordyn Luffman, Belmont.

    SECOND TEAM — Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois; Candace Morton, Jacksonville St.; Chelsea Hudson, Tennessee St.; Almesha Jones, Morehead St.; Ashia Jones, UT Martin.

    ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM — Ashia Jones, UT Martin; Micah Jones, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville; Taylor Mills, Belmont; Tearra Banks, Austin Peay; Taylor Porter, Murray St.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — The Belmont Bruins just keep taking top awards in the Ohio Valley Conference with J.J. Mann voted the league's player of the year and Rick Byrd taking coach of the year honors for a second straight season.

The OVC announced the awards voted on by the league's coaches and sports information directors Tuesday.

This is only Belmont's second season in the OVC. Mann becomes the second Belmont player to take top honors after he averaged 18.4 points and 4.8 rebounds a game. Byrd coached Belmont to a second straight OVC championship by going 14-2 again for the Bruins' fifth straight league title overall.

Corey Walden of Eastern Kentucky is the league's defensive player of the year. Guard Cameron Payne of Murray State is the freshman of the year.

■ Heather Butler of UT Martin was voted the OVC's women's player of the year with her teammate Jasmine Newsome repeating as the league's top defensive player.

UT Martin teammate Ashia Jones is the league's freshman of the year.

Rick Peitri of Jacksonville State is the coach of the year. He coached the Gamecocks to their first tournament berth since 2011.

Marie Carpenter, who is averaging 21.5 points per game for Eastern Kentucky, was voted to the All-OVC first team.

Former Henry Clay star Candace Morton, a sophomore at Jacksonville State, made the second team.

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