MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - Three members of the MSOE men's basketball team were honored by the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) as announced by the league for the 2018-19 season. All awards are voted on by the league's head coaches.
Kirmse, a junior guard, averaged 19.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He ranked third in the NACC in scoring while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. Kirmse was also one of the league's top 3-point shooters, draining a league best 76 while hitting at a 42.9-percent clip.
He topped 30 points on three occasions, capped by a 35-point effort against Concordia Chicago on Jan. 19. Kirmse also had a 34-point, 11-rebound double-double in a two-point win over Benedictine on Jan. 3.
Palesse, MSOE team captain and senior guard, averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field. He led the NACC in assists (144) and ranked second in steals (53). Currently, he is currently ranked 22nd for assists per game and 28th for total assists among all players in NCAA Division III.
MSOE's Brian Miller was voted Coach of the Year by his peers for the first time after directing the Raiders (21-5, 16-4 NACC) to a share of the program's first conference regular-season title since 1982 and the top seed in the NACC Tournament. In his 15th season at the helm of the Raiders, Miller has accumulated a 240-153 record.
The complete awards listing appears below.
2019 NACC Men's Basketball Awards
Player of the Year: Matthew Kirmse, MSOE
Defensive Player of the Year: tie, Max Hisatake, Illinois Tech, & Jason Palesse, MSOE
Freshman of the Year: Landen Gladney, Concordia Chicago
Coach of the Year: Brian Miller, MSOE