FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 2, 2007

 

Kinsey Durgin Receives
Rhode Island Collegeís
John E. Hetherman Award

 

Providence, RIóRhode Island College senior Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) received Rhode Island Collegeís John E. Hetherman award at the Collegeís annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, May 2. The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement. The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and has demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.

 

As a senior guard on the menís basketball team, he helped the team post a 27-4 overall record and earn a berth in the 2007 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament, where the Anchormen advanced to the Elite Eight. RIC established school records for the most wins in a season, won its first-ever Little East Conference Menís Basketball Tournament and was the LEC Regular Season Champions for the second time in the past three years. Rhode Island College made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 28 years.

 

Durgin has received many accolades this season, including being named Second Team All-New England by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), to the All-Northeast Second Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was awarded the same honors by D3Hoops.com. He was named First Team All-Little East Conference for the second consecutive season. Durgin was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 Little East Conference Menís Basketball Tournament, also garnering All-Tournament Team honors. He played in 31 games, starting all of them. He averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

 

Durgin leaves Rhode Island College as the programís all-time leader in games played (115). He totaled 1,290 points, 472 rebounds, 308 assists and 131 steals in his four-year career. He is 11th all-time at RIC in career scoring and ninth in assists. He was named the Co-Player of the Year, along with Bryant Universityís Chris Burns, by the Cox Sports Television Rhode Island Basketball Media.

 

As a junior in 2005-06, he was named First-Team All Little East Conference and also earned All-LEC Defensive Team honors. He played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged a team-high 13.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals, to go along with 4.8 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 23 points and four steals vs. Western Connecticut, 11 rebounds vs. Bridgewater State and ten assists vs. Coast Guard. Durgin was named LEC Player of the Week once of the season. Durgin was tenth in the Little East in scoring and fifth in assists. He averaged 2.32 three-point field goals made per game, which ranked him sixth in the LEC.

 

As a sophomore in 2004-05, Durgin played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He registered season-highs of 24 points vs. Fitchburg State, eight rebounds twice, four assists twice and four steals five times.

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, he played in 26 games, starting 11 of them. Durgin assumed the starting point guard duties while then starter K.C. Grandfield was injured. He averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He registered season-highs of 18 points vs. UMass Boston, five rebounds twice, six assists vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 24 and five steals vs. UMass Dartmouth.

 

He is a marketing major and a 2003 graduate of Telstar High School.

 

ABOUT THE JOHN E. HETHERMAN AWARD

The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all ďstunt nightĒ activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.

 

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