FROSTBURG, MD —
Frostburg State University will open the 2001-02 basketball season by hosting the four-team Bobcat Tip-Off Tournament this Friday and Saturday at Bobcat Arena.
Friday night's action will begin at 6 p.m. when Waynesburg College takes on Widener University. Frostburg State will then face Marietta College at 8 p.m.
Saturday's schedule includes the consolation game at 2 p.m. followed by the championship contest at 4 p.m.
High hopes and expectations surround the Bobcats as they enter their third season under Head Coach Webb Hatch. FSU welcomes back four starters and nine letterwinners from last season’s squad that posted a 20-10 overall record, won its first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship and turned in a runner-up finish in the ECAC South Region Championship.
The 20 wins is the second-highest single-season total in the program’s 59-year history, trailing only the 1970-71 squad that finished 24-4.
The Bobcats ranked 30th in Division III in scoring (82.0 ppg) and 34th in rebouding margin (+5.5 rpg) last season.
Junior forward Pierre Bowery, a first-team All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference selection last season, returns after leading the Red & Black in scoring at 19.2 ppg and setting a single-season school record with 57 blocks.
Senior guard Sean Brown, who earned All-AMCC honorable mention honors a year ago, led the Bobcats with 167 assists and 66 steals in 2000-01.
Marietta brings an exciting mix of veterans and newcomers to the hardwood in 2001-02. Head Coach Doug Foote returns three letterwinners, including two starters, from last season’s 11-14 squad.
Senior forward Jesse DuPerow, a DIII News and D3hoops.com Preseason All-America honorable mention selection, returns as the Pioneers’ leading scorer and rebounder, having averaged 19.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last year. He also has 1,345 points and 733 rebounds for his career.
Senior guard Adam Means averaged 4.0 points and 2.2 assists per game last season, while sophomore guard Cody Lane averaged 7.0 points and 2.2 assists per contest. Lane also shot a team-high 40 percent from three-point range.
Widener, ranked 19th in the D3HOOPS.com preseason poll, returns eight members of last year’s squad that finished 21-6 overall, won the Commonwealth Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Widener is the favorite to repeat as conference champions. Last season, the Pioneers held opponents to 69.0 ppg and posted an impressive 14-1 mark at home.
Senior guard Chaz Williamson averaged 14.8 points and posted 135 steals to earn first-team All-Commonwealth honors a year ago, while senior forward Mike Siuchta was a second-team All-Commonwealth selection after posting 15.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Waynesburg, under Head Coach Rudy Marisa's guidance for the 33rd season, welcomes back all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished 13-10 overall and 3-5 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
Senior point guard Rob Strcula led a potent Yellow Jacket offense with 20.4 points per game last season, and senior Bret McKinney, juniors Aaron Ankrom and Don Frazier, and sophomore Mike King each averaged double-digits in scoring a year ago.
Waynesburg will be bolstered by the return of senior guard Ray Robinson, who sat out last year after leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 22.0 points per game two seasons ago.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303