Ephs set to host NCAA First and Second Round

Ephs set to host NCAA First and Second Round

2011 NCAA Div. III Tournament

Men's Basketball

First and Second Rounds

Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5



Friday's First Round Schedule

5:30 P.M.

Becker 80, Scranton 73


7:30 P.M.

Williams College 86, Husson University 83 (OT)


Saturday's Second Round Schedule

7 P.M.

Williams 84, Becker 63



WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams College (25-2) will host the first and second round of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Men's Basketball Tournament Friday, March 4 and Saturday, Match 5, in the Chandler Gymnasium.

 Tickets will be on sale Thursday and Friday. Thursday tickets will be sold from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Friday ticket sales will run from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Fans wishing to purchase tickets in advance should enter the Lasell Gym lobby through the Spring Street entrance.

The remaining tickets will go on sale Friday at Chandler Gym at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Ticket Prices: Adults:  $6; Students and Children:  $3

All three games this weekend will be webcast. Click HERE to watch.

Williams College Ephs (25-2) vs. Husson University Eagles (21-6)

Husson University will make its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years. This is the 15th appearance in a national tournament in the history of the program, and the 8th time in the last 17 years under coach Warren Caruso.

The Hawks have won 10 regular-season titles over the last 16 years and is 68-14 in NAC games over the last six years.

Husson will be led by the NAC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Josh Jones (Jefferson, ME) who is averaging 18.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game on the year for the Eagles, and including both games of the conference playoffs, has recorded 16 double-doubles in 27 games on the year. Jones was also a NAC First-Team All-Conference selection, and was joined on that team by another Senior Guard, Jay Uhrin (Winterport, ME). Uhrin has averaged 18.2 points per game this year for the Eagles.

Williams College will be making its 12 appearance in the NCAA Div. III Tournament. The Ephs have advanced to the Final Four five times in their previous 11 appearances, and advanced to the national title game one year ago. Williams appeared in back-to-back national championship games in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004, winning the title in 2003.

In 3 years under head coach Mike Maker, the Ephs have won 72 games and lost 13 (.847 win percentage), won two outright Little 3 titles and tied for the other championship, won one NESCAC Championship and earned two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Senior center Troy Whittington (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named the NESCAC Player of the Year earlier this week after averaging 17.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game this season. He has recorded 11 double-doubles in 23 games this season. His 73 percent field goal percentage leads the country.

Junior guard James Wang (Sydney, Aus.) was selected First Team All-NESCAC. Wang leads the Ephs with 18.3 points per game and is six points shy of recording the 14th season of 500 or more points by an Eph.He would become just the second player, to do it twice. Michael Nogelo '98 scored 500 or more points three times and owns the Ephs single-season record with 634.

Becker College (23-4) vs. Scranton University (20-5)

The Royals will be making their 23rd NCAA tournament appearance and fifth under current 10th-year head coach Carl Danzig (2003 {Sweet 16}, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011).  Scranton won the NCAA championship in 1976, finished second in 1988, and third in 1977 and 1983 under then head coach Bob Bessoir. 

Overall, the Royals are 33-22 (.600) in NCAA tournament games, including a 2-4 record (.333) under Danzig. Scranton has lost its last four NCAA tournament games and hasn't won an NCAA game since a 77-75 victory over Ursinus College at home on March 8, 2003.

Scranton has won three Landmark Conference championships (2008, 2009, 2011) and 20 conference titles overall, including 17 in its previous affiliation with the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation, more commonly known as the Middle Atlantic Conference.  Scranton joined the Landmark Conference in 2006 and the conference's first season of intercollegiate competition was 2007-2008.

Senior guard Zach Ashworth is two-time Landmark Conference Player of the Year (2010, 2011), a three-time first-team all-conference selection (2009, 2010, 2011), second-team pick in 2008, and a two-time Academic all-American, having earned second-team honors in 2010 and first-team in 2011.  He is currently the fourth all-time leading scorer in Scranton history with 1,767 points, including a career-high tying 31-point effort in last Saturday's 82-71 victory over Catholic University in the championship game of the Landmark Conference tournament. 

This marks the second time since Becker College joined the NCAA in 1998 that the school has earned an NCAA appearance, the first for the men's program.

The Hawks (23-4) took top honors in the NECC as they finished with a perfect 14-0 conference record. The Hawks' head coach Brian Gorman, was named the 2010-11 NECC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. This is his second consecutive year winning this honor. Gorman, who is in his fourth season with Becker, has a .681 winning percentage (77-36). Two years ago, he led the Hawks to the 2008-09 ECAC Men's Basketball Championship title.

A trio of Becker players including senior Rajai Leggett (New Haven, Conn.), senior Trey Jacobs (Lexington Park, Md.) and junior Terrance Favors (Boston, Mass.) were selected First Team All-NECC. Jacobs leads the team with 15.4 points per game and shoots 55 percent from the floor. Leggett is second with 15.3 ppg. and first with 8 rebounds per contest while Favors is third at 14 ppg. and leads the team in assists with 106 and steals with 57.





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