Senior Redell Spinks was named the 2010 Coach's Award winner in men's basketball. He is shown here with head coach Chris Rogers.
Tarek Ammoury is CAC Athlete of the Week
Sophomore guard, Tarek Ammoury, was named Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for the week ending Janaury 10 in men's basketball.
Ammoury led the Saints to two CAC wins during the week. In the overtime win over previously undefeated in the conference, York College, he had 30 points and 11 rebounds. He also had a "double-double" in the road win over Salisbury, finishing with 20 points and 10 boards.
He shot 13-24 from the floor for the week -- or 54. 2 percent and was 23-33 (69.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
Currently, Ammoury is second in the CAC in scoring averaging 20.3 points per game and is fourth in rebounding (6.9/game).
Saints run in Marymount 5K Challenge
The finishers -- these men's basketball players ran in the Marymount 5K Challenge as part of the Homecoming celebrations.
Congratulations to our 2008-09 CAC Scholar Athletes!
Saints name Chris Rogers men's basketball coach
H. Christopher Rogers was named the Marymount University head men’s basketball coach, according to athletic director Bill Finney. Rogers is the fourth coach in the 22 seasons of MU men’s basketball.
Rogers, most recently a head assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College, comes to Marymount with eight years of collegiate basketball experience at the NCAA Division III level.
“We are pleased to have Chris join our coaching staff,” said Finney. “Our search committee was impressed with his dedication and enthusiasm. He has the ability to take our program forward.”
“Chris has gained valuable experience at F&M under Glenn Robinson, the winningest coach in NCAA Division III men’s basketball,” Finney continued.
Rogers was at F&M for five seasons and was involved in all aspects of the basketball program including recruiting and practices where the teams won two regular season Centennial Conference championships and advanced to the 2009 Final Four.
Prior to F&M, Rogers was the head assistant at Lebanon Valley College for three seasons. LVC teams won the 2004 ECAC and made the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs each year. Previously, he was operations assistant for men’s basketball at Villanova University and facilities and operations assistant at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tarek Ammoury, who was the CAC's Rookie of the Year in men's basketball, is shown here with MU President, Dr. James Bundschuh as he also was named MU's Male Rookie of the Year for the 2008-09 academic year.
Patrick Prewitt, shown here with head coach, Scott McClary, was the 2008-09 winner of the Coach's Award for men's basketball.
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Ammoury and McClary garner CAC awards
Marymount men’s basketball freshman guard, Tarek Ammoury was named Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and head coach Scott McClary was named Coach of the Year by his peers in the conference.
Ammoury, finished his first season with the Saints averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He was ninth in the CAC in free-throw percentage (.743), 13th in rebounding and 22nd in scoring. He is the second player in a row to take the rookie honors. He shared this year’s honors with Julien Watson of York College.
McClary just completed his fifth season with the Saints. They finished fourth in the regular season and then advanced to the championship game of the CAC tournament after their defeat in overtime of #1-seeded St. Mary’s in the semifinals. This marked the first time a McClary-coached team made it to the championship game.
The Saints finished their season, 15-13 overall and 8-8 in the conference.
2009 Seniors honored at pre-game ceremony
Seniors Mike Gray (far left) and Bennett Fite (in uniform) were honored at the Mary Washington game in the last regular season home game. Also, honored (see picture below) is MU manager, Ryan Fitzmeyer.
Mike Gray is CAC Athlete of the Week
MU senior Mike Gray was named CAC Athlete of the Week for men's basketball for his perfomance in the Saints' opening day win over Randolph College.
Gray posted a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as his point total put his over 1000 points for his career. He now stands at 1005 points. He is the 12th men's player to eclipse this milestone.
He also had four assists in the contest and he helped the Saints come from behind to win the game, 73-67.
Stanback, Ingram win CAC honors
Senior Fred Stanback was named First Team All Capital Athletic Conference and freshman Shaun Ingram was named CAC Rookie of the Year in men's basketball.
Stanback, who won All CAC honors for the first time, led the Saints in scoring, rebound and three pointers this season. He played and started in 26 of MU's 27 games and averaged 16.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and hit 56 threes.
Ingram becomes only the second men's basketball player from Marymount to win the rookie honors. He led the team in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and free-throw percentage (.857). He was third in scoring, averaging 9.8 points per contest and shot 50.3 percent from the floor.
Both players are among CAC leaders in several statistical categories. Stanback is 7th in the CAC in scoring, 6th in rebounding, 6th in three-point field goal percentage, 9th in made threes and 10th in free throw percentage. Ingrarm is 3rd in the CAC in three-point percentage, 11th in field goal percentage and 25th in scoring.
The group of men's basketball alums gather following the Pablo Coto Memorial Alumni Game with members of Pablo's family, Webb Hatch, MU's first men's basketball coach and Dr. James Bundschuh.
Saints win 3 of 4 in Ireland
The Saints crossed the Atlantic this summer to Ireland to tour the country as well as play against four Irish teams in exhibition matches.
MU played four professional SuperLeague teams throughout their week-long stay. First, the Saints played in a high scoring affair against the three-time national champion UCC Deamons. Though dropping the game 116-111, the Saints battled back to cut a 23-point deficit to only five with a few minutes remaining. Senior Fred Stanback and Junior Mike Gray combined for 53 points, adding 24 and 29 respectively. Sophomore Ronnie Barbour added 15 points, connecting on five 3-pointers. After the first half of this game, the Saints did not look back as they completed seven impressive halves of basketball while knocking off Neptune, Killester, and the Limerick All-Stars.
Neptune, another program with strong tradition, had a solid front court, but was outplayed by the Saints on defense. Mike Gray’s 15 points and Marc Mazzuchi’s inspired play, including 11 points, helped MU overcome this tough foe, 83-78.
In the next game versus Killester, the Saints played their best defense of the trip, holding Killester to 58 points in the 67-58 win. Stanback and Gray combined for 31 points, 17 and 14 respectively, and Stanback and Mazzuchi combined for 15 rebounds, eight and seven respectively, to get the job done in a tight game.
Before departing for home, MU faced the Limerick All-Stars who were overpowered by the play of Elvis Ellis who showed his promise as a rising sophomore. Ellis contributed 29 points and 16 rebounds in the Saints 87-30 win.
The Saints hope their 3-1 run through Ireland will build momentum for the 2007-08 regular season.
The trip presented a great experience for the players. “Every team in America needs to experience a trip like Ireland. This trip taught us about everything, from cultures to teamwork. Not a lot of teams get to bond like we have this off-season, so we have a step up on a lot of teams in America,” said senior co-captain Marc Mazzuchi.
Upon arriving at Shannon airport their first stop was the town of Adare, followed by two days in beautiful Killarney. The team toured the scenic “Ring of Kerry,” full of mountains, valleys, and rivers, some of Ireland’s best vistas. Stops were also made in the cities of Cork, Dublin, and Limerick. The Saints climbed to the top of the Blarney and Bunratty castles, kissing the famous “Blarney Stone.” Guided tours of the various cities included trips to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College for a look at the “Book of Kells.”
Senior co-captain Fred Stanback said, “The Ireland trip gave us a chance to grow closer as a team on and off the court. I think this trip and the ten practices that we had will definitely help us reach our goal and that is the CAC championship."
The Saints will tip off the regular season November 16 th at the La Roche Tip-off Tournament with their home opener on November 20 th versus Elizabethtown at 7:30pm.
TOP AVERAGES FROM TRIP:
Mike Gray averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Fred Stanback averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Elvis Ellis averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds.
The Marymount basketball team tapped its first center-court ball in the 1987-88 season. The team has won one CAC regular season and one CAC tournament championship in its history, advancing to the NCAA tournament in 2000.
Under Scott McClary, the Saints' third head coach, the Marymount men's basketball team looks to develop into one of the premier teams in Division III. Already considered one of the most athletic teams in the challenging Capital Athletic Conference, the Saints look to grow into a team known for its defense and toughness. Enthusiasm for this program is reaching an all-time high as fans continue to pack the Verizon Sports Arena, one of the very best facilities in the country in Division III. Having learned the game from one of the game's greatest legends, Hall of Fame Coach Morgan Wootten, Coach McClary will have the Saints marching on in no time.
Schedule & results
Feb. 25 -- CAC Semifinals
St. Mary's 95