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Dempsey and Marsh named All-OAC for Men’s Basketball

Dempsey and Marsh named All-OAC for Men’s Basketball

The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) has named Muskingum sophomore Marcus Dempsey and junior Jarrell Marsh (posthumous) First Team All-OAC for the 2017-18 season.

Dempsey, who was named the OAC Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year and an All-OAC Honorable Mention honoree during the 2016-17 campaign, grabs First Team All-OAC accolades after having a phenomenal season for the Muskies. This season, Dempsey broke numerous school records. He became the 32nd Muskingum men's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points with a 39-point effort against John Carroll on January 27th. He achieved this milestone in his 46th career game, averaging 22.0 points per game. Dempsey also broke the most points scored in a season record during the second half of the John Carroll game. The previous record was 559 points set in 1990-1991 by Andy Moore. Dempsey ended the season with 758 points. Earlier in the season, he broke the 104-year-old school single-game scoring record after exploding a 57-point effort at Oberlin. The previous record was 54 points set in 1912-13 by Babe Arnold. Dempsey also broke the school record in field goals attempted in a game with 32 against Marietta and most field goals attempted in a season with 536. Jim Vejsicky previously held the record for most field goals attempted in a game with 30 during the 1970-1971 season, while Brandon Todd (2006-07) and Lenny Nelson (1956-57) previously held the most field goals attempted in a season record with 422. He also broke the best scoring average in a season with 30.3 points per game. The previous record was 24.5 points per game set in 1956-57 by Lenny Nelson. Twice this season, Dempsey was named the OAC Men's Basketball Player of the week, while also being named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Men's Player of the Week. He ended the season shooting .506 from the field and .400 from the arc, while collecting 113 rebounds, 62 assists, and 20 steals.

Marsh, who tragically passed away in an automobile accident on December 21, became just the 31st Muskingum men's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points with his 28-point effort against Waynesburg on December 20. He achieved this milestone in his 58th career game, while averaging 17.4 points per game. Marsh was averaging 20.9 points and eight rebounds per game. He was a two-time All-OAC Honorable Mention honoree and was recognized as the OAC Freshman of the Year for his efforts during the 2015-16 season.

All-OAC accolades and awards are voted on by league coaches.