Senior forward Mike Kennedy capped his fabulous career by becoming the first two-time men's basketball first-team All-American in St. Ambrose history.
Kennedy led the Fighting Bees to the regular-season and postseason Midwest Collegiate Conference titles and the school's first national tourney berth since 2005. He was named a first-team NAIA Division II All-American on Wednesday, matching an honor he earned a year ago.
Kennedy, from Evergreen Park, Ill., led the MCC in rebounding at 8.7 per game and was second in scoring at 18.9 points per contest.
A two-time MCC Player of the Year and four-time all-conference pick, Kennedy left his mark all over the SAU record book. He will graduate as the program's third leading scorer with 2,266 points and third leading rebounder with 950 boards. He is one of only four Bees to score more than 2,000 points.
His 643 points (eighth) and 297 boards (13th) are among the best single season numbers at St. Ambrose. And his 41 points at William Penn this season is the sixth-highest single-game mark in school history and his 24 rebounds at Iowa Wesleyan is the 24th-best mark at SAU.
Kennedy helped St. Ambrose finish 29-5 overall. They rode a 15-game winning streak to the NAIA tourney before being upended in overtime in their tournament opener.
St. Ambrose First Team All-Americans
Bob Smiley (1954)
Matt Fitzpatrick (2004)
Karl Peterson (2004)
Mike Kennedy (2011, 2012)
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