The Unforgettable Tim Folan '03

Tim Folan fast breaking vs. Gustavus Adolphus in 2003 NCAAA title game
Tim Folan fast breaking vs. Gustavus Adolphus in 2003 NCAAA title game

The sports axiom "records are made to be broken" gets tossed around all the time, but it's even more important in sports information circles where it is crucial for the records that are to broken or tied to be accurate.

Recent hot nights by James Wang '12 and James Klemm '13, where they drained eight threes in a game were thought to have tied the Williams record of 8 in a game set by Chris Rose '08 in 2007. However, shortly after the Ephs win over Salem State which featured James Klemm's 8 threes, an email was received by Eph SID Dick Quinn pointing out that the record at Williams is nine threes in a game. The record was set by Tim Folan '03 back in 2001 versus Union. 

Quinn searched the Eph online Archives and discovered that the November 2001 Union game was nowhere to be found, perhaps due a glitch or oversight from transferring data to new websites over the years. He was able to confirm the veracity of the email on the NESCAC site which honored Folan's efforts:

Tim Folan '03

November 26, 2001
NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Tim Folan, Williams

(Junior, Forward - Kensington, Md.)

Folan scored a career-high 41 points, hitting nine 3-pointers in 10 attempts, in an 86-68 win over Union. He hit six 3-pointers in a row and also finished with a game-high seven rebounds.

"This is doubly embarrassing for me," noted Quinn. "Tim worked for Sports Info and became a friend. I still remember the time Tim came to my office early in his senior year all bummed out about not being in the starting lineup."

When Folan got done explaining that he felt he should start as a captain and having recovered from all of his injuries in the pre-season, a lengthy chat ensued. Quinn pointed out that coming off the bench was perfect for Folan as it gave him a defined role and it also gave him a license to shoot until he missed.

"To Tim's credit he fully analyzed the team and his own situation and decided he could make it all work and the team would be better for it," noted Quinn. "We decided that there were at least a thousand ways to lead a team, a phrase we almost always use when greeting each other to this day."

It's tough to forget a 41-point effort that included 9 threes, (featuring six in a row) and a game-high seven rebounds, but no Eph fan will forget it now or Folan's heroics in the 2003 NCAA Championship game.

Tim Folan eyes a three

With just over three minutes remaining in the 2003 NCAA title tilt the Ephs trailed Gustavus Adolphus 63-56 before Tim Folan led the Ephs back, netting 7 of the Ephs next 8 points to put Williams up 64-63. Folan's three-point fall away from deep on the left side was one of those 'I can't believe he took that shot' swishes of which legends are made, especially considering he landed on his butt almost on the Eph bench. That three gave the Ephs their first lead of the contest.

Gustavus quickly scored to take a 65-64 and then Williams opted to hold the ball for the last shot. An inside shot by Ben Coffin was off the mark, but Coffin was fouled. He made the first free throw with 4 seconds left to tie the game at 65, however his second rimmed out and the alert Folan scampered across the lane to corral the carom and was fouled by a Gustie player with 2 seconds left.

Gustavus was over the limit, sending Folan to the charity stripe to shoot two. Even though he had struggled all day with his shot, Folan swished both free throws. The second swish coming after a Gustavus timeout, giving the Ephs a 67-65 lead.

Gustavus' inbounds pass was intercepted and the Ephs won their first NCAA men's hoops title and first by a New England team.

Nine of Folan's team-high 15 points came in the final three minutes.


Currently Folan ranks 16th all-time in scoring at Williams with 1,135 points.

Today Folan is a Consultant for First Annapolis, a financial services company in the Washington D.C. area. He is expected back in town for the annual Alumni game on Saturday, February 12 at 10:30 a.m. prior to the NESCAC encounter with Amherst.

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