March 10, 2011

Top 20 Moments - Men's Basketball

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #20
February 13, 1994
Needing a victory to clinch its first-ever SCAC men's basketball championships, Oglethorpe University senior forward Brian Davis banks in a three-pointer off the glass at the buzzer to stun Trinity University in overtime at Dorough Field House, 72-71. It was the first three-pointer of Davis' career as he would go on to earn conference Player-of-the-Year honors and become the league's first men's basketball all-America selection in the SCAC era.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #19
February 24, 2006
Eighth-seeded Rhodes College knocks off top-seeded Trinity University, 87-83, in the first round of the 2006 SCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament – played on Rhodes’ home floor in Memphis. It is the only time an eight seed would defeat a one-seed in the five years the tournament seeded 1-8 and before the league went to divisional play in 2008. Trinity had won nine consecutive tournament games and three straight SCAC championships before this first-round loss. Despite the loss, Trinity earns an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #18
December 30, 2008
DePauw University's Mike Moore had a game-high nine assists in the Tigers’ 76-56 victory over Drew (N.J.) University in Monday's opening round of the Tampa Shootout. The nine assists gave the senior 501 for his career, making him the league's all-time leader in the category. Moore just missed a triple-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Albert Johnson of Rhodes College (1992/93-1995/96) held the former SCAC career assists mark with 499.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #17
February 26, 2011
Oglethorpe University senior forward Todd Ward becomes the all-time leading rebounder in SCAC history when he corralls his 858th career board in the second half of the Petrels' 70-57 semifinal loss to Centre College. Ward went on to grab two more rebounds on the night to push the all-time mark for rebounding superiority to 860. Centre's Coy Zerhusen now sits alone in second place in the record books with 857 career rebounds.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #16
February 24, 2008
Centre College defeats Sewanee-The University of the South, 82-50, to complete the first perfect conference season in SCAC history (14-0) and extends its overall winning streak to 23 games as well as its winning streak over conference opponents to 23 straight games. The Colonels are ranked #2 in the nation according to D3hoops.com - the highest ranking ever achieved by an SCAC men's basketball team. The following week, Centre would extend its winning streak to 25 games with first and second round wins in the 2008 SCAC Men's Basketball Tournament before falling to Millsaps College in the title game.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #15
March 8, 2008
The 14th-ranked Millsaps College Majors advance to the sectional round for the first time since 1995 with a 57-56 victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) University at the Hangar Dome in Jackson. Junior guard Chad Songy, who had made just 1-of-9 of his attempts from the field, was the hero as his buzzer-beating three-pointer advanced Millsaps to the next round. (See YouTube Video to the left). 
Ironically, the 1995 Majors also needed a three-pointer at the buzzer to advance to the sectionals.


MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #14
February 27, 1995
The SCAC puts an unprecedented three teams into the 1995 Division III Men’s Basketball Championship with the announcement of the tournament bracket. Millsaps College, the league’s men’s champion and automatic qualifier, is joined in the tournament by Hendrix College and Oglethorpe University. Hendrix is bracketed to travel to Millsaps in the first round in what will be the first (and only) time two SCAC men’s basketball teams have played each other in a NCAA Basketball Tournament game.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #13
December 6, 1997
Behind 33 points, six rebounds and six blocked shots from reigning SCAC Player-of-the-Year Ryan Harrigan, Sewanee-The University of the South defeats Belmont (Tenn.) College 74-69 in Nashville, the league’s first-ever win over a Division I men’s basketball team in the SCAC era. It would take 13 years for another SCAC men's team to produce its own "David defeats Goliath" moment. In its first game of the 2010-11 season, Colorado College shocked the basketball world with a 60-57 overtime victory over Division I Air Force of the Mountain West Conference.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #12
February 28, 1993
Even though the two finished with identical 11-3 conference marks, Rhodes College earns the SCAC’s 1992-93 automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship by virtue of its two wins over Centre College during the regular season. Rhodes went on to pick up the league’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win in the SCAC era with a 71-62 victory over Virginia Wesleyan in a first-round game played in Memphis. The Lynx had to travel to Newport News, Va., the following week and dropped an 84-74 decision to Christopher Newport.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #11
March 2, 2008
22nd-ranked Millsaps College upsets second-ranked Centre College, 69-60, in the finals of the 2008 SCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, earning the Majors their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2001. The victory snapped the Colonels’ 25-game winning streak – which was the longest in the nation. Tournament MVP Edrick Montgomery averaged 21.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game over the three games of the tournament. His 65 total points set a new SCAC tournament record. Centre received an at-large invite to the NCAA tournament.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #10
February 20, 1994
Sewanee-The University of the South defeats Rhodes College 100-94 in double overtime in a SCAC men’s basketball game played in Memphis, but the big story on this night was the way the Tigers did it. Dressing only nine players for the game at Rhodes, Sewanee had five players foul out during regulation play and the two overtime periods. When the fifth player fouled out with just under three minutes to play in the second overtime, Sewanee was forced to play with only four players. Incredibly, the Tigers pulled out the victory with Pete Dillon, Lee Willis, David Tudor and Jason Porter on the floor. The four were named SCAC "Player-of-the-Week” for their performances.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #9
November 16, 2009
Rhodes College head men’s basketball coach Herb Hilgeman becomes the SCAC’s all-time men’s basketball wins leader after an 89-51 win at Principia (Ill.) College. The win is Hilgeman’s 464th career victory - breaking the tie he had coming into the season with former Hendrix College head coach Cliff Garrison. Hilgeman, who retired at the end of the 2009-10 season, ended his career with 473 wins.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #8
March 4, 1995
SCAC Player-of-the-Year Philip Robinson nails a three-pointer at the buzzer as Millsaps College hosts Maryville (Tenn.) College and defeats the Scots 88-86 in double-overtime in 1995 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament action – becoming the first SCAC team to advance beyond the second round in the national tournament. Millsaps’ tournament run would end in the “Sweet Sixteen” the following week as University of Wisconsin-Platteville defeated the Majors 82-68 in the third round of the championships at Hampden-Sydney, Va. Millsaps finishes the season with a 25-3 record and advances further into the tournament than another other men’s basketball team in the SCAC-era.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #7
March 14, 2008
Behind 27 points and 20 rebounds from senior forward Edrick Montgomery, Millsaps College defeats St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 82-73, to advance to the sectional final of the 2008 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. Senior guard Rodney Rogan added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the 14th-ranked Majors. A night later, the team's run in the NCAA tournament falls one game short of the Final Four as the Majors are defeated 57-46 by 11th-ranked Washington (Mo.). Millsaps led 27-18 at the half, but shot just 25.8 percent in the second half, including 1-for-16 from beyond the three-point arc. It was the third time a SCAC men’s team has advanced to a sectional final, only to lose to the team that would go on to win the national championship (Otterbein defeated DePauw in 2002 and Wisconsin Stevens Point defeated Trinity in 2005).

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #6
March 11, 2005
Playing in the NCAA Tournament sectional round for the first time ever, the Trinity University men needed overtime to defeat Hanover (Ind.) College, 73-65, at Quandt Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Senior forward Peter Murray poured in a game-high 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. The following evening, however, the Tigers dropped a 61-55 decision to Wisconsin-Stevens Point on the Pointers home court. The run by Trinity equaled the furthest any SCAC men’s team has advanced in the NCAA Tournament. And as was the case with DePauw in 2002, the team that knocked Trinity out in the sectional final went on to win the national championship. In fact, other than the six-point margin against Trinity, Wisconsin-Stevens Point defeated all other tournament opponents by 18+ points – including a 24-point win over Rochester in the national title game.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #5
March 8, 2002
DePauw University's men advance to 2002 NCAA Division III Men's national quarterfinals with 90-87 win over top-ranked Washington (Mo.) – snapping the Bears' Division III-long 21-game win streak. Mike Howland led four Tigers in double-figures with 26 points and also dished out a game-high six assists. With the win, DePauw becomes the first SCAC team to advance to the national quarterfinals. The Tigers would fall to eventual national-champion Otterbein, 87-79, the following evening.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #4
January 22, 2005
Oglethorpe University's Russ Churchwell scores 23 points in a 70-66 victory over Millsaps College – giving the senior a conference record 1,676 career point and surpassing the 1,675 points scored by Ryan Harrigan of Sewanee (1994/95-1997/98). Churchwell ended his career with 1,894 points, which remains the league’s all-time career scoring mark.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #3
February 22, 1995
Senior guard Eric Ochel of The University of the South sets three SCAC single-game records and ties one NCAA single-game record as Sewanee defeated Emory (Ga.) University, 107-70. In the game, Ochel scored 55 points and connected on 18 of 23 field goals, including an impressive 13-of-15 three-pointers. He set single-game conference records - all of which still stand today - for most points scored, most field goals made and most three-point field goals made. He also tied an NCAA single-game record for most consectutive 3-pointers made with 10. Three nights later, he scored 36 points and connected on 12-of-18 field goals, including 10-of-13 from three-point range, in a 113-67 victory at Centre.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #2
April 5, 1999
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior guard Bryan Egli, the 1998-99 SCAC Men’s Basketball Player-of-the-Year, is named Columbus Multimedia National Player-of-the-Year – just the second-ever national POTY honor for an SCAC student-athlete. In his only year in the conference, Egli averaged 22.8 points per game, scored 593 points (the second-highest single-season point total in league history) and earned SCAC Player-of-the-Week honors a record six times.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - MOMENT #1
February 26, 2006
Junior wing Austin Brown nails a 61-foot shot off glass at the buzzer to lift DePauw University to a 64-61 victory over Centre College, a SCAC men’s basketball title and a ticket to the 2006 NCAA Division III Championship. The shot is selected as ESPN's "Play of the Day”, and the cable television sports network airs a video clip of the fantastic finish -- complete with commentary by WGRE's Wes Anderson and Steve Powell -- on SportsCenter. The audio of the two students' play-by-play of the winning basket also airs nationally on ESPN radio. Video | Audio | ESPN Gym Gems

austin brown cold pizza 4.jpg Three days later, Brown, who was named MVP of the SCAC tournament, is interviewed live by ESPN2 Cold Pizza co-host Dana Jacobson where the junior says, "I was kind of just in the right spot at the right time and I knew I didn't have that much time left. So I threw it up and saw -- wow, it might have a chance to go in -- and it went in. It was just amazing." Cold Pizza Interview

For more on the top SCAC Men's Basketball moment, including interviews with Tiger alum Austin Brown as well as former WGRE play-by-play announcer Wes Anderson, click here.

School Conf Overall
Trinity (Tex.) 16-2 33-10
Texas Lutheran 11-7 27-17
Centenary (La.) 11-7 19-22
Southwestern (Tex.) 10-8 14-28
Dallas 7-11 17-22
Schreiner 6-12 15-25
Austin 2-16 6-33
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