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Feb. 7 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College senior basketball player Marcus Adams (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) has been tabbed as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January, 2008.

Each month, SAAC members from each PAC institution are eligible to nominate two junior or senior varsity student-athletes (one male, one female) from their school. All PAC Scholar-Athlete nominations must be in season, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved in their campus community.

Receiving the women’s award for December was Thomas More (Ky.) College basketball player Alex Gee.

Adams received the award after leading the Bison to an 8-4 record in January, which included a six-game winning streak to end it. He averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds during the month and scored in double figures in six games. His most impressive run came when he tallied double figures in three consecutive conference victories, including a career-high 23 points in a win at Washington & Jefferson Jan. 23. The 5-8 point guard added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the 86-83 overtime victory.

For the year, Adams has led Bethany to a 14-7 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the PAC, which has the team in first place in the league by 1 ½ games. In addition to 10.0 points per game, he is averaging a PAC-leading 5.43 assists per game and is also ranked fourth in the conference with 2.14 steals per contest.

Away from the court, Adams has earned a GPA above 3.1 as an elementary education major. He’s earned a spot on the Dean’s List and the PAC Academic Honor Roll once.

Also nominated for the men’s accolade was Grove City swimmer Drew Snyder, Thomas More basketball player Matty Owens and Westminster swimmer Conor Simpson. Others in the running for the women’s award were Bethany senior swimmer Erin Staniech (White Oak, Pa./McKeesport), Chatham swimmer Halley Brus, Grove City swimmer Whitney Fairchild and Westminster swimmer Megan Mier.