LAKE CHARLES (AP) — McNeese State senior Patrick Richard has been named the 2011-12 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Richard, a native of Carencro, will enter the tournament having scored 1,563 career points which puts him 12th on the school’s all-time list. He is 94 points shy of 11th place and 124 points out of 10th place.

Richard also has 178 career assists which is the school’s 10th best total. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound swingman leads the conference in scoring with 18.2 points per game overall and finished second in the league with 19.1 points per game during Southland games.