Nugent Receives Honorable Mention All-NWC Recognition

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

(MEN'S BASKETBALL) SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University freshman wing/post Dan Nugent (Portland, OR/Jesuit HS) has been selected Honorable Mention All-Northwest Conference for the 2006-07 season in voting by the NWC head coaches. Nugent led Willamette with 15.2 points per game and ranked second in the NWC with 1.6 blocked shots per game. He was one of 11 players named Honorable Mention All-NWC. Overall, 22 players were honored on the All-Conference team.

Nugent played in all 25 games with 22 starts for the Bearcats. He scored 381 points and earned 134 rebounds, 57 assists, 39 blocked shots and 35 steals. In addition to ranking second in the NWC in blocked shots, he also ranked fifth in the conference in field goal percentage (58.3%, 140 of 240), fifth in free throw percentage (81.4%, 83 of 102), sixth in steals (1.4 per game), eighth in scoring, 12th in rebounding (5.4 per game) and 15th in assists (2.3 per game). He scored in double figures in 17 games, including eight games with 20 or more points.

Nugent scored a season-high 34 points in Willamette’s 140-137 triple-overtime loss at the University of Puget Sound on Dec. 1. He tallied 33 points on Jan. 20, as the Bearcats defeated Whitman College, 89-80, and provided 28 points in a 96-93 win over Concordia University (Ore.) on Dec. 8. He connected on 10 or more free throws three times during the season, hitting 10 for 10 in the loss at UPS, achieving another 10-for-10 performance at home against UPS on Jan. 20, and making 15 of 17 (88.2%) in the win over Whitman.

He also sank 10 or more field goals three times. He converted 11 of 15 shots at UPS, hit 10 of 14 shots in the win over Concordia and made 10 of 14 attempts in a loss at Pacific University on Feb. 2. He recorded at least one steal in 18 games and blocked at least one shot in 17 contests.

The Bearcats finished the season with a 10-15 overall record, including 6-10 in the Northwest Conference. Willamette was 8-2 at home, as the Bearcats averaged 82.2 points per game and shot 51.1% from the field in games played at Cone Field House.

Nugent's Season Stats for 2006-07