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UNLV's Birch again named MW Defensive Player of the Year

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UNVL men's basketball junior forward Khem Birch has again been selected Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. It's the second straight season Birch has gotten the nod.

Birch was also selected second team All-MW and named to the All-Defensive Team when the league announced its all-conference awards on Monday.

Birch matched a league record 69 blocked shots this season, averaging 3.8 per game. His nine blocks at Utah State on Feb. 15 set a career high and Mountain West junior class single-game record for most against a conference opponent.

On the offensive side, Birch averaged 11.9 points per game and grabbed 10.6 rebounds per game in league play. Birch is the third player in Mountain West history to garner back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was named third team All-MW and junior forward Roscoe Smith was an honorable mention.

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