LEATH RECEIVES MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE ACCOLADES
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior shooting guard Loren Leath received honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference men’s basketball honors today after finishing the 2008-09 season with averages of 15.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting 42.3 percent (149-352) from the field and 37.4 percent (61-163) from the three-point line.
The award marked the second time Leath has been named all-Big Sky, as he received honorable mention honors during his freshman season (2005-06). The Oakland, Calif., native joins former Hornets DaShawn Freeman and Joel Jones as the only three Sacramento State players to receive all-Big Sky honors on more than one occasion. The program joined the Big Sky in 1996-97.
The second-leading scorer in the Big Sky, Leath raised his numbers against conference competition to averages of 17.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44.3 percent (85-192) from the field and 42.3 percent (33-78) from the three-point line. Among Big Sky leaders, Leath ranked second in scoring, third in three-pointers (2.2 per game), seventh in free throw percentage (.795) and 10th in three-point percentage.
Leath scored in double figures 22 times this season and led or tied for the team lead in scoring in 18 of the team’s 29 games. That included a 41-point performance at Northern Colorado in which he buried nine three-pointers. Both the 41 points and nine three-pointers set Sacramento State Div. I (1991-pres.) single-game records.
Over his four-year career with the Hornets (2005-09), Leath established himself as the program’s most prolific scorer during the team’s Div. I history. His 1,489 career points not only ranked him first in the team’s Div. I history, but also second in program history (1948-pres.). In addition, his career total of 240 three-pointers are the third best mark in program history, and the sixth best mark in Big Sky history.
Leath raised his scoring average all four years of his career, culminating in this season’s overall average of 15.6 points per game. That includes 11.6 ppg as a freshman, 12.8 ppg as a sophomore and 13.1 ppg as a junior. He scored in double figures 74 times during his career, and played in 112 career games. That included a streak of 110 consecutive games played which spanned four years.
His career averages include 13.3 points on .383 (526-1374) shooting from the field and .354 (240-678) from the arc. Among Sacramento State career leaders, he ranks second in points, field goals (526), field goals attempted (1,374) and three-pointers attempted (678), third in three-pointers, tied for third in games played, ninth in free throws made (197) and steals (112), and 10th in free throws attempted (257).
Sacramento State finished the 2008-09 season with a 2-27 overall record and a 1-15 mark in the Big Sky.