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March 10, 2011

College Men's Basketball: Bison's sixth man has been a 'Boon' to the program

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On the court

There was a stretch of games this season, when Joe Willman was injured, that Boon moved into the starting lineup and he thrived. For a senior captain, it seemed like his time had come to finally break into the starting lineup as a regular for the first time in his career.

Instead, when Willman was healthy, it was back to his familiar role as the sixth man.

"We talked after that and I said 'G, there's nothing you did that should merit you coming off the bench, but you're coming off the bench," said Paulsen. "That's not what he wanted. One of his goals was to be a starter. But we wanted his goal to be someone who finishes. The five guys that finish are important and he's finished a lot for us."

Heading into Friday's Patriot League final, Boon, who has played in every game of the past four years, is third on the team in scoring. He ranks fifth in school history with 159 career 3-pointers.

"Coach talked to us about accepting roles," Boon said. "Whatever role I am given, I'm going to take it and run with it."

Paulsen said he has certainly noticed Boon's willingness to do whatever he needs to get the job done. He's seen him become more consistent in practice and while the senior has kept up his offensive production, scoring nearly nine points a game, it's his play on the other end of the court that has made the biggest difference.

"This is the most consistent he's been," said Paulsen. "He scores and that's good. But there have been a lot of games he has impacted without scoring, which he never did before. He's taking charges, blocking shots and (grabbing) huge defensive rebounds. He didn't score a lot against Lehigh (in the semifinals), but we wanted him on the floor during crunch time."

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