Todd Abernethy Named SEC Sixth Man Of The Year

March 9, 2005

ATLANTA - Ole Miss' Todd Abernethy was named the SEC Sixth Man of the Year Wednesday, as selected by the league coaches. A sophomore guard and team captain, Abernethy is the first Rebel to receive the award, which was first given by the conference last year.

The Carmel, Ind. native started the first 34 games of his collegiate career, but moved to the sixth-man role against Memphis in December. In his 21 games off the pine, Abernethy has provided Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes with quality minutes at both point guard and shooting guard. As a reserve. he has posted eight double-figure scoring outings and seven games with four or more assists.

He totaled 12 points against LSU at home, and paced the Rebels against Mississippi State in Starkville with 14 points along with 5 assists. Abernethy also put up strong numbers in the first meeting with Mississippi State, equaling his season-high for assists with 6 to go with 11 points and 4 boards. He topped Ole Miss in scoring in the win over Georgia with 13 points, and posted 9 points and 4 assists against both Vanderbilt and Alabama. He also grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds against the Commodores in a near-double-double.

Abernethy gathered SEC All-Freshman Team distinction last year and is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.

Abernethy and the Rebels open SEC Tournament play Thursday against South Carolina. The first-round matchup is set for 1 p.m. ET at Atlanta's Georgia Dome, and will be televised by JP Sports.

 

 

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