Amherst’s Gilligan named SNHU male Athlete of the Year

BEDFORD – Senior Devin Gilligan, an Amherst native, and graduate student Abla Chadli took home male and female Athlete of the Year honors, respectively, to highlight nine major awards given out April 24 as the Southern New Hampshire University Department of Athletics & Recreation celebrated the 2016-17 season and recognized its seniors at the 52nd Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Manchester Country Club.

The Athlete of the Year award, given to a student-athlete whose outstanding play brought about both regional and national recognition for that player and for Southern New Hampshire University, was handed out by Executive Vice President and University College Provost Patricia Lynott.

Gilligan, a forward on the 21-9 men’s basketball team that advanced to its second straight Northeast-10 Championship title game and its 20th NCAA Tournament, put together an impressive list of recognitions, which included National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America Team and Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America Third Team honors, D2CCA East Region and NE10 Conference Player of the Year, and First Team spots on the NABC East All-District, D2CCA East All-Region and NE10 All-Conference Teams. Gilligan also became the second member of the program to play in the Reese’s/NABC Division II College All-Star Game. Gilligan averaged 20.2 points per game this season, while shooting 57.7 percent (221-383) from the field, 45.3 percent (53-117) from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent (110-137) from the line. Gilligan, who started all 30 games, also averaged 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Gilligan, who registered five double-

doubles during the season, scored in double figures 29 times, missing the entire second half of the one game he did not reach 10 points in with an injury. Gilligan scored 20 or more points 16 times, including 30-plus on four occasions. Gilligan scored 19 or more points in 10 straight games from Dec. 7 to Jan. 18, producing three of his 30-point explosions, including a career-high 31 in an 83-77 win against Adelphi University on Jan. 14.

Gilligan ranked second in the conference in field goals made, fourth in 3-point shooting, fifth in field goal percentage, sixth in scoring, 10th in both offensive rebounding (2.1) and free throws made, and 11th in rebounding. Nationally, Gilligan is 29th in field goals made, 36th in field goal percentage and 50th in scoring.