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Baron, McCrea are finalists for hoops awards

Canisius guard Billy Baron is one of 25 finalists for the Lute Olson Award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division I basketball player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team.

Baron, the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, finished his senior season averaging 24.1 points, 5.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. He became just the second Griff to score more than 800 points in a season, finishing with 821. The Rhode Island transfer finished his two-year career with Canisius with 1,405 points, which ranks ninth in program history.

Meanwhile, the University at Buffalo’s Javon McCrea is among 30 finalists for the Lou Henson Award, which is given to the nation’s top mid-major player. McCrea, the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, finished his career as a three-time All-MAC First Team pick and as UB’s all-time leading scorer with 2,004 points.

Winners will be announced April 4.