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Vogelsberg named to Billy Minardi All-Tournament team

December 22, 2005 · MT Media Relations
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Several Middle Tennessee players produced career highs and outstanding individual superlatives in the Billy Minardi Classic, but it's hard to beat perfection and Adam Vogelsberg was faultless in one facet of his game and solid in all others during the two-day tourney.

Vogelsberg's outstanding play in Middle Tennessee's two games against No. 10 Louisville and Florida Atlantic earned him a spot on the five-person Billy Minardi Classic All-Tournament team, and whose grit earned the praise of Louisville coach Rick Pitino in his postgame press conference.

Vogelsberg injured his right shoulder when falling hard to the court on a baseline drive with nine minutes remaining against Louisville, but returned and helped spark Middle Tennessee's riveting comeback. He developed a stomach virus Tuesday night and was sick before and during Wednesday's game against Florida Atlantic.

Through it all, Vogelsberg was perfect from the free-throw line, going 15-for-15. The junior guard nailed all 11 attempts in a 76-68 setback against Louisville, becoming only the 10th player in school history to shoot 100 percent from the stripe with a minimum of 11 attempts. Vogelsberg led Middle Tennessee with 14 points against Louisville. He hit all four attempts in the team's 90-76 win against Florida Atlantic in the consolation game.

Vogelsberg was as dynamic in the consolation game, establishing career highs for points (19), 3-point field goals made (5), and tying his career high with four assists. He was 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc for the game to help key the greatest 3-point shooting demonstration in school history. Middle Tennessee connected on 65 percent (13-of-20) of its 3-pointers, setting a school record for 3-point field goal percentage, while the 13 treys made are tied for fifth most in a single game.

"Adam Vogelsberg was gritty in the tournament," Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis said. "He hurt his shoulder against Louisville and came back. He had a stomach virus against Florida Atlantic and was sick in the locker room before the game and at halftime. He was perfect from the free-throw line, going 15-for-15, and he was very efficient with his field goal attempts, so we are proud to have Adam on the All-Tournament team because he is deserving."

For the tournament, Vogelsberg averaged 16.5 points, shot 100 percent from the free-throw line and 55 percent (6-of-11) from 3-point range, and averaged 4.5 rebounds.

"I'm appreciative of being named to the All-Tournament but it could have been any number of players from our team because we had several people play well in the two games," Vogelsberg said. "It would have been nice to come out of there with two wins, but we played well and we continued to show progress as a team."

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