USF duo earns NAIA All-America status

March 16, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – University of Saint Francis junior Bryce Lienhoop and fifth-year senior Kyle Sovine have been named to the 2016-17 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-American Team.

Lienhoop (Columbus, Ind. / East H.S.) is a third-team selection for the second consecutive year while Sovine (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven H.S.) earned his first recognition as an Honorable Mention selection. The duo combined to lead USF to a school-record fourth consecutive NAIA Championship appearance and a 23-11 finish this season.

Lienhoop, a 6-foot-6 forward, recorded two double doubles in USF’s two NAIA Championship games and led NAIA Championship rebounding with a 14.0 average (28 in two games). He had nine double figure rebound games and scored in double figures in 20 games including a career-high 27 against Grace 1/4/17 in 2016-17. Lienhoop led the Crossroads League in offensive rebounds averaging 2.6 per game as well as total offensive rebounds with 87. He finished No. 2 in rebounds per game in the CL. Lienhoop led USF in rebounding (8.0 pg / 263) and double doubles with eight. Lienhoop was a CL Player of the Week (Jan. 9, 2017) after averaging 22.0 ppg in two USF wins. He averaged 13.8 ppg in CL play (16th), 12.4 ppg in overall play (22nd).

Lienhoop scored his 1,000th point this season and is No. 20 on the USF list. Sovine finished his career at No. 27 on the USF list with 1,129 points.

Sovine finished No. 14 in NAIA field goal shooting percentage at .611, he led the CL in FG shooting percentage, he finished seventh in CL-only scoring (16.3 ppg), and eighth in CL overall scoring (15.4 ppg). He led USF scoring and blocked shots with 24. He finished No. 5 in CL-only free-throw shooting percentage at .849 (73-93) and ninth overall in CL FT shooting percentage at .810. He was second for USF in FT shooting percentage. Sovine finished No. 1 on the USF career field goal shooting percentage at .608 topping previous record-holder Clair Knapp, who played from 1986-90 shooting .585.

Lienhoop and Sovine are the eighth and ninth members of a USF team to earn NAIA All-America status. This is the 14th and 15th All-America honors for USF basketball in 53 seasons.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.