NCAA Div. III Men's Basketball
College of Wooster Fighting Scots (30-2)
Williams College Ephs (29-2)
Friday, March 18, 2011
Salem Civic Center
The winner of this game will play the winner of the Middlebury College (28-1) vs.
St. Thomas (MN) College (28-3) game that follows at 8:00 PM.
NCAA Championship game Saturday, March 19th at 3:30 PM.
NCAA Championship website : http://www.ncaa.com/championships/basketball-men/d3
Both semifinal contests and the championship game on Saturday are being webcast live by Turner Sports and may be seen at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule. There is no TV coverage of the semifinals or the championship game.
NESCAC and the NCAAs:
The Presidents of the NESCAC institutions first allowed NESCAC teams to participate in NCAA Div. III post-season championships during the 1993-94 academic year. Williams has appeared in the NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Tournament 12 out of a possible 19 times.
In 2003 Williams became the first New England team and first NESCAC team to win the national championship in men's basketball.
In the final D3Hoops.com poll Williams finished 4th and Wooster 5th.
Wooster enters with a 9-game win streak
Williams enters with a 4-game win streak
How They Got Here:
Wooster entered the NCAA Tourney as the North Coast Athletic Conference Champions
Wooster 74, Benedictine (IL) 68
Wooster 47, Manchester 45
Wooster 94, Cabrini 77
Wooster 76, Whitworth 66
Williams, runner-up in NESCAC Tourney, earned an At-Large bid to the tourney.
Williams 86, Husson 83 OT
Williams 84, Becker 63
Williams 79, Virginia Wesleyan 73
Williams 77, Amherst 71
The Ephs have faced Wooster previously in the National Semifinals, downing the
Fighting Scots 74-72 on buzzer-beating put back by Drew DeMuth '03 in OT (2003).
Wooster's Ian Franks earned his second North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year award and was named All-NCAC First Team along with the Fighting Scots' Nathan Balch. Earning Second Team All-NCAC honors were Justin Hallowell and Bryan Wickliffe.
Wooster's Ian Franks was named the D3Hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year, a D3Hoops.com Great Lakes Regional First Team honoree for the second year as well as being named to the NABC Great Lakes Region First Team.
Franks also received NABC Third Team All-America recognition.
Williams Troy Whittington was named the NESCAC Player of the Year, D3Hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year, NABC Northeast Player of the Year and a First Team honoree by all three teams. On Thursday it was announced that Whittington had been selected to the NABC All-America First Team.
James Wang earned First Team honors for the second year in a row on the All-NESCAC First Team, as well as earning First Team All-NABC Northeast and D3Hoops.com All-Northeast teams this winter.
Single season bests:
30, wins by the Fighting Scots this year equals school record set in 2003
9-0, Ephs went undefeated in NESCAC regular season play for the second consecutive year
Wooster Head Coach Steve Moore:
6 years at Muhlenberg: 87-65 (.559)
24th year at Wooster: 68-128 (.816)
Overall: 655-193 (.772)
NCAA Record: 23-19(.548)
Williams Head Coach Mike Maker:
3rd year at Williams: 76-13, (.854)
NCAA Record: 8-1 (.800)
To beat Wooster was Wittenberg, 76-72, at Wittenberg on Feb. 12th
To beat Williams was Middlebury, 63-54, at Williams on Feb. 27th
The College of Wooster has the best record n Division III play since 2000 – 310-53 (.854).
Head coach Steve Moore has won 655 games and lost 193 in his 30 years of coaching (24 at Wooster and 6 at Muhlenberg). The Fighting Scots have run off 15, 20-win seasons in succession under Moore.
"Cabrini was a high-powered team and then Whitworth was #1 and tremendously talented and it was our good fortune to play on our home court -- it [Whitworth] was a heckuva game," stated Wooster head coach Steve Moore.
"We have to be prepared to play tomorrow night, that's for sure. Williams is a big challenge. They have so much talent and they're so well coached we will have to be ready to rebound and make sure we compete. No one executes their offense like Williams does. We're not a team that can just go out and out score teams. If we don't play well on defense we won't be able to make it a game."
Top Scorers: Ian Franks (18.0), Nathan Balch (12.2), Justin Hallowell (12.0) & Bryan Wickliffe (10.0)
Top Rebounders: Bryan Wickliffe (6.6), Ian Franks (6.4) & Justin Hallowell (6.2)
Assist Leader: Ian Franks (106)
FG % Scots: 48%
3-pt FG % Scots: 40%
FT % Scots: 76%
Rebounds Scots: 39.4
Assists Scots: 14
Head coach Mike Maker has guided his Eph team to consecutive appearances in the national semifinals. Maker is off to the fastest start in Eph men's basketball coaching, averaging just over 25 wins a season.
"I hurt it last game… little bit of a chipped bone, but we're hopeful," said Eph senior captain Troy Whittington. "It feels great to be here again and we want to play two more games, cut down the nets and raise the trophy."
"Wooster has a great tradition like we do and I have a lot of respect for coach Steve Moore,"" noted Eph head coach Mike Maker. "We're going to focus on what we do and try to do it well tomorrow night."
"We have really special young men who come to Williams because of the academics and we have great talent and great team chemistry. "We're very much underappreciated on defense, maybe because our offense is so efficient."
"The night we beat Amherst to get here my wife and I did not sleep at all we just talked through tears most of the night," commented Maker. "I know how fortunate I am to be coaching at Williams, where we've been to the Final Four 6 times and in 15 years… that's amazing."
Top Scorers: James Wang (18.5), Troy Whittington (16.7) and James Klemm (11.1)
Top Rebounders: Troy Whittington (9.0)
Assist Leaders: James Wang (104) & Nate Robertson (94)
FG % Ephs: 49%
3-pt FG %: 39%
FT % Ephs: 79%
Rebounds Ephs: 39.0
Assists Ephs: 14
Probable Wooster Starters:
Probable Williams Starters:
Eph Milestones this season:
Ephs are making their 6th trip to the National Semifinals and Finals in Salem in the last 15 years second straight under head coach Mike Maker.
1997 – Head Coach Harry Sheehy – 3rd
1998 – Head Coach harry Sheehy – 3rd
2003 – Head Coach Dave Paulsen -- Champions
2004 – Head Coach Dave Paulsen – 2nd
2010 – Head Coach Mike Maker – 2nd
2011 – Head Coach Mike Maker --
Ephs went undefeated in NESCAC play for second consecutive year
Ephs won a share of the Little Three title for the third consecutive year
Ephs tied record for most wins in a regular season: 23, 2003, 2004, 2010, & 2011 (23-1)
Eph junior captain James Wang became the 29th Eph to score 1,000 points
Wang is only the second Eph to score 500 points in consecutive seasons, 544 (2010) & 575 (2011)
Wang's 575 points this season, 4th best all-time at Williams
Wang netted a career-high 33 in win over Amherst at home
Wang has 274 career assists to rank 10th all-time at Williams
Senior captain Troy Whittington is 7th all-time in rebounds with 571
Whittington leads the nation in field goal percentage (70.9%), making 163 of 230
Whittington went 11 for 11 from free throw line in win at Springfield and 10-10 on field goals vs. Trinity on first round of NESCAC Tournament. His 10 field goal attempts led him to a career-high 31 points.
Whittington owns the Ephs most impressive double-double this season, scoring 21 points and tying the Ephs single game rebound mark with 21 in a win over Hamilton.
Whittington scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Sweet 16 win over Virginia Wesleyan recording his 12th double-double of the year. He has played in 27 of 31 games to date, missing four with an injury.
James Klemm scored a career-high 31 in win at Salem State.
Klemm is 13-27 on threes in four NCAA Tourney games thus far
Klemm has 89 threes this season and is just six behind Eph all-time single season leader Chris Rose '08 who notched 95 in 2008.
Nate Robertson led the Ephs in scoring in the win over Amherst to get the Ephs to Salem when he tallied a career-high 22 points. On the year he has a 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio with 94 assists vs. 47 turnovers.
First year Hayden Rooke-Ley scored a career-high 20 points in the Ephs win over Becker to help lead the Ephs into the Sweet 16.
First years Taylor Epley (Goshen, KY) and Mike Mayer (Durham, NC) attended last year's national semifinals as future Ephs last March.
Mike Mayer's twin brother David is a walk-on at Duke.
The 13 Eph players hail from 11 different states and one foreign country. Two layers are from Washington and one each from Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Tennessee. James Wang is from Sydney, Australia.
ALL-TIME EPH BESTS
All-Time Division III Wins Leader in New England: 1,367-715, .657 through 3/12/2011
National Semifinals & Finals Appearances in Salem, VA: 6
First New England Team to Win NCAA Division III Tournament: 2003
NCAA Division III Tournament Record (12 appearances): 34-10 (.773) through 3/12/2011
Years: 1994-95-96-97-98-2000-02-03-04-07, 2010 & 2011
NCAA Champions: 2003
2nd Place: 2004 & 2010
3rd Place: 1997 & 1998
NCAA Division I Tournament, 1955 (0-1):
Canisius 73, Williams 60
NCAA Division II Tournament, 1959 & 1961 (2-3):
LeMoyne 72, Williams 66
Buffalo 78, Williams 52
Williams 74, Rochester 72
Williams 75, Bates 68 (Regional Champions)
Wittenberg 64, Williams 51 (Quarterfinals)
Basketball Hall of Fame: Oz Tower '07
FIRST EPH TO BE DRAFTED BY THE NBA: Bob Mahland '62, Chicago Zephyrs
EPH JOSTENS TROPHY WINNERS: Michael Nogelo '98 &Blake Schultz '10
EPH NABC DIV. III NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Michael Nogelo '98.
NCAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM at FINAL FOUR:
1997: Michael Nogelo '98
1998: Michael Nogelo '98
2003: Ben Coffin '04 & Michael Crotty '04
2004: Michael Crotty '04 & Tucker Kain '05
2010: Blake Schultz '10 & Troy Whittington '11
MOST POINTS IN ONE NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME: Michael Nogelo '98, 38
vs. Wilkes, 3/21/98.
MOST POINTS ONE NCAATOURNAMENT: Michael Nogelo '98, 178 in six games -- an
NCAA Div. III record.
MOST REBOUNDS IN ONE NCAA GAME: 21, Ben Coffin '04 vs. Keene State,
MOST ASSISTS IN ONE NCAA GAME: 14, Michael Crotty '04 vs. Salem State
MOST REBOUNDS IN ONE NCAA TOURNAMENT: 65, Michael Nogelo '98, in
six games 1998.
MOST ASSISTS IN ONE NCAA TOURNAMENT: 48, Michael Crotty '04, in
five games in 2003
WILLIAMS ALL-TIME BESTS
MOST POINTS ONE GAME: 47, Garcia Major '90, 12/9/87 at MCLA
MOST POINTS ONE SEASON: 634, Michael Nogelo '98, 1996-97
MOST CAREER POINTS: Michael Nogelo '98, 2,002 in 100 games (20.2)
MOST REBOUNDS ONE GAME: 21, 02/21/87 vs. Amherst; Brandt Johnson '87; Ben Coffin '04 vs. Keene State 3/13/04 & Troy Whittington '11 vs. Hamilton 12/7/10.
MOST REBOUNDS ONE SEASON: 320, Brandt Johnson '87, 1986-87
MOST CAREER REBOUNDS: 836, Ben Coffin '04
MOST ASSISTS ONE GAME: 14, Michael Crotty '04, 03/06/04 vs. Salem St.
MOST ASSISTS ONE SEASON: 249, Michael Crotty '04, 2003-04
MOST CAREER ASSISTS: 819, Michael Crotty '04
MOST 3-POINTERS ONE GAME: 9, Tim Folan '03, 11/20/01 vs. Union
MOST 3-POINTERS ONE SEASON: 95, Chris Rose, 2005-06
MOST CAREER 3-POINTERS: 251, Chris Rose '08
MOST GAMES PLAYED ONE SEASON: 32, Chuck Abba, Ben Coffin, Jaris Cole, Drew DeMuth, Michael Crotty Michael Graham & Andrew Newton in 2002-03; Harlan Dodson, William Hardy, Nate Robertson, Alex Rubin, James Wang, and Troy Whittington on 2011
MOST GAMES STARTED ONE SEASON: 32, Chuck Abba, Ben Coffin, Jaris Cole,
Drew DeMuth & Michael Crotty
MOST GAMES STARTED CAREER: 120, Michael Crotty '04
MOST GAMES PLAYED: 120, Chuck Abba '04 & Michael Crotty '04
MOST MINUTES PLAYED ONE SEASON: 1,025, Michael Crotty '04, 2002-03
MOST MINUTES PLAYED CAREER: 3,821, Michael Crotty '04
FIRST TEAM NABC ALL-AMERICA: Michael Nogelo '98, 1995-96 (first Eph
sophomore named a First Team All-America), 1996-97 & 1997-98. Ben Coffin '04.
FIRST EPH NABC ALL-AMERICA 1st TEAM THREE YEARS in a ROW:
Michael Nogelo '98, 1996-7-8.
ECAC-NEW ENGLAND PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Michael Nogelo '98, 1995-96
(first sophomore in New England to win the award) & 1996-97
Ben Coffin '04, 2003-04
Blake Schultz '10, 2009-10
NABC NEW ENGLAND PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Michael Nogelo '98, 1996-97 & 1997-98
Ben Coffin '04
MOST WINS BY A CLASS: 104, Class of 2004 (Chuck Abba, Ben Coffin,
Michael Crotty & Blake Morgan) 104-16 (.867)
FIRST EPH NAMED MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER at FINAL FOUR:
Ben Coffin '04, 2003
FIRST EPH NAMED to ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM at FINAL FOUR:
Michael Nogelo '98, 1996-97 & 1997-98.