Lincoln duo honored by MIAA

Lincoln juniors Joshua Buie and Mike Smith were named to the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honorable mention team Tuesday.

Buie was one of the Blue Tigers’ best overall players, ranking second in scoring with 15.3 points per game, while leading the team in steals (46) and assists (86). The 6-foot-1 guard registered 19 double-digit scoring performances and poured in at least 20 points in nine contests.

Buie finished the regular season ranked third in the league in steals per game (1.8), fifth in minutes played (33.9), 11th in free-throw percentage (.795), 12th in assists per game (3.3) and 18th in scoring (15.3).

Smith led the Blue Tigers with 15.8 points per game and was also Lincoln’s top rebounder, pulling down 4.7 boards per night. Smith, who ranked 14th in scoring among MIAA players, recorded 40 assists, 23 steals and eight blocks on the year.

Smith, a 6-foot-6 forward, also reached double digits in 19 contests, reached the 20-point plateau seven times and scored at least 30 points twice to help lead the Blue Tigers, who were 3-24 overall and 1-18 in league play this season.

Smith and Buie became the third and fourth Lincoln men’s basketball players to be named All-MIAA honorable mention, joining Pierre DeClue (2010-11) and Cedric Ridle Jr. (2011-12). The duo also became the first Lincoln teammates to earn All-MIAA honors in the same season since Harold Robertson and Tim Abney in 1977-78.

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