Bracey, Jean earn postseason honors

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A couple of Louisiana Tech Bulldogs received postseason honors on Monday as the league announced thatDaQuan Bracey was named First Team All-Conference USA and Derric Jean was selected to the C-USA All-Defensive Team.

Both seniors have played a pivotal role in LA Tech putting together a 22-8 overall record during the regular season and a 13-5 conference record, finishing in a tie for second in the league standings.

Bracey was named to the five-person first team, becoming the fourth Bulldog (Erik McCree, Alex Hamilton and Speedy Smith) to garner this achievement. There have been a total of five First Team All-CUSA selections at LA Tech, the most of any program since the team joined the league in 2013-14.

The Baltimore, Maryland native has started all 30 games this season while leading the team in points (12.9 per game) and assists (2.9 per game) for a second straight season.

Bracey has scored in double figures in 25 of the 30 games and is shooting a team-best 44.5 percent from beyond the arc which ranks second in the conference. He has had a couple of wow moments this season, hitting game-winning shots in C-USA play versus Old Dominion and North Texas.

The point guard is one of only three Bulldogs in program history with 1,400+ career points and 500+ career assists.

Jean was selected to the six-person all-defensive team, becoming the fifth Bulldog (Jacobi Boykins, Alex Hamilton, Speedy Smith and Michale Kyser) to garner this accolade since 2013-14.

Like Bracey, Jean has also started all 30 games this season and he has paced the team in steals with a total of 44 with an average of 1.5 per game. He has amassed 158 steals for his career, the sixth most in program history.

In doing so, the Miami, Florida native has anchored one of the best defenses in C-USA as LA Tech ranks second in scoring defense (allowing 63.7 points) goal percentage defense (allowing 39.8 percent shooting). Both marks rank in the top 40 in the country.

He too has had his special moments, none bigger maybe then his block on a potential game-tying three-pointer against FIU in February.

Voting on the awards was done by the C-USA head coaches and media members in each conference city.

As the No.3 seed in the C-USA Tournament set to take place in Frisco, Texas, LA Tech will face either Marshall or UTEP on Thursday at 9 p.m. in the quarterfinals inside The Star.

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