William & Mary Tribe men's basketball

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William & Mary Tribe
2014–15 William & Mary Tribe men's basketball team
William & Mary Tribe athletic logo
University College of William & Mary
Conference CAA
Location Williamsburg, VA
Head coach Tony Shaver (12th year)
Arena Kaplan Arena
(Capacity: 11,300)
Nickname Tribe
Colors

Green, Gold, and Silver

                  
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
Conference regular season champions
1983, 1998

The William & Mary Tribe men's basketball team represents the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Colonial Athletic Association and play their home games in Kaplan Arena.

Postseason berths[edit]

NIT results[edit]

The Tribe have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament two times. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1983 Opening round Virginia Tech L 85–79
2010 Opening round North Carolina L 80–72

NCAA results[edit]

  • None (have never qualified)

William & Mary is one of five original Division I teams in history to have never participated in the NCAA Tournament.[1] When the NCAA split its classification into divisions in 1948–49, William & Mary was classified as a Division I school. Of all Division I schools today that were charter members of this new classification, only William & Mary, The Citadel, Northwestern, Army, and St. Francis Brooklyn have never reached the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at least once. The closest effort by the Tribe to reach the NCAA Tournament was a 75–74 loss in the 2014 CAA Tournament Final to Delaware. The Tribe also lost conference tournament championships in 1958, 1961, 1965, 1975, 1983, 2008, and 2010, now having gone 0-for-8 in NCAA Tournament berth-clinching games.

Recent seasons[edit]

2008 season[edit]

The 2008 Men's basketball season was just another season for the Tribe, fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association and needing to win the tournament in order to have any chance at a postseason bid. It would have somewhat of a magical end, however, as they became the first team ever, in NCAA history, to score 4 baskets in 4 conference tournament games, with less than 8 seconds left in each game: First round: David Schneider 3-pointer with less than a second left to beat Georgia State, 58–57(ironically enough, exactly one year earlier, this was how Georgia State beat William and Mary) Quarterfinals: Nathan Mann 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds left to beat Old Dominion, 63–60 Semifinals: Laimus Kisielius layup with 3 seconds left to beat VCU, 56–54. The Tribe fans stormed the Richmond Coliseum court. Championship Game: Danny Sumner 3-pointer with no time left(this had no effect on the outcome; the basket DID count, but George Mason had already won the game) made the final score 68–59 in favor of the Patriots.

2010 season[edit]

Through February 17, 2010, the Tribe sported a 19–7 record, including upset road wins over heavily favored ACC opponents Wake Forest and Maryland. These wins and other impressive showings, including a hard-fought loss to Connecticut, garnered William and Mary votes in the AP and coaches' polls during several weeks early in the season. After reaching the CAA Finals and ending their regular season with a 22–10 record (12–6, CAA), the Tribe earned its second NIT berth in school history.

Rivalries[edit]

William & Mary's traditional rivals have included in-state opponents Old Dominion University, James Madison University, the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and George Mason University. However, of these teams, only the James Madison Dukes are still members of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Richmond Spiders, VCU Rams, and George Mason Patriots have all moved on to the Atlantic 10 Conference while the Old Dominion Monarchs left for Conference USA in 2013. Some of these teams are maintained as part of William & Mary's out of conference schedule each year along with other Virginia schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Hampton, Radford, VMI, and Liberty. Other lengthy series for William & Mary include East Carolina (79 games), George Washington (66), Hampden–Sydney (69), Navy (59), UNC Wilmington (63), and Randolph–Macon (62).

While many of these rivalries have long histories, the Tribe have been historically dominated by their rivals. [2]

Series records[edit]

  • Records through the 2014–15 season (Jan. 10)
Opponent Match Ups Record (Pct.) Last Game
Richmond 200 97–103 (.487) Dec. 3, 2014
VMI 118 77–41 (.653) Nov. 27, 2013
Virginia Tech 117 41–76 (.350) Dec. 17, 2005
James Madison 88 40–48 (.455) Jan. 10, 2015
Old Dominion 86 19–67 (.221) Dec. 22, 2014
Virginia 79 29–50 (.367) Nov. 12, 2010
George Mason 66 27–39 (.409) Feb. 23, 2013
VCU 51 12–39 (.235) Feb. 1, 2012

Program records[edit]

Through the 2014–15 season, January 28

Career leaders[edit]

Points[edit]

Rank Points Player Years
1 2,052 Chet Giermak 1946–50
2 2,003 Jeff Cohen 1957–61
3 1,905 Marcus Thornton 2011–15
4 1,866 John Lowenhaupt 1974–78
5 1,812 Keith Cieplicki 1981–85

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Rebounds Player Years
1 1,679 Jeff Cohen 1957–61
2 1,270 Bill Chambers 1950–53
3 886 Ben Pomeroy 1964–67
4 869 John Mahoney 1951–55
5 783 David Cully 1992–96

Assists[edit]

Rank Assists Player Years
1 409 Scott Coval 1982–86
2 369 John Lowenhaupt 1974–78
3 368 David Schneider 2006–10
4 358 Brendan Connor 1989–93
5 351 Randy Bracy 1995–99

Field goal percentage (min. 475 attempts)[edit]

Rank Field goal pct Player Years
1 58.2% (277–476) Marcus Kitts 2007–11
2 56.6% (470–831) Tim Rusthoven 2011–14
3 56.0% (478–853) Carl Parker 1992–96
4 55.2% (392–710) Mike Strayhorn 1979–83
5 54.6% (329–603) Ben Blocker 1988–92

Free throw percentage (min. 200 attempts)[edit]

Rank Free throw pct Player Years
1 89.9% (259–288) Scott Coval 1982–86
2 82.6% (238–288) Mike Arizin 1972–74
3 82.4% (360–437) Keith Cieplicki 1981–85
4 82.1% (398–485) John Lowenhaupt 1974–78
5 82.0% (182–222) George Spack 1970–73

Three-point field goal percentage (min. 200 attempts)[edit]

Rank 3-Pt field goal pct Player Years
1 41.9% (150–358) Greg Burzell 1986–89
2 41.3% (119–288) Bobby Fitzgibbons 1995–97
3 41.2% (271–658) Marcus Thornton 2011–present
4 40.2% (213–530) Quinn McDowell 2008–12
5 38.3% (161–420) Julian Boatner 2011–14

Blocks[edit]

Rank Blocks Player Years
1 248 David Cully 1992–96
2 139 Adam Duggins 1999–03
3 110 Marcus Kitts 2007–11
4 107 Thomas Roberts 1989–93
5 95 Carl Parker 1992–96

Steals[edit]

Rank Steals Player Years
1 207 Bill Barnes 1978–82
2 175 Randy Bracy 1995–99
3 166 David Schneider 2006–10
4 160 John Lowenhaupt 1974–78
5 148 Mike Strayhorn 1979–83

Single-season leaders[edit]

Points[edit]

Rank Points Player Year (games)
1 740 Chet Giermak 1948–49 (34)
2 656 John Mahoney 1954–55 (24)
3 646 Chet Giermak 1949–50 (31)
4 628 Jeff Cohen 1959–60 (26)
5 599 Marcus Thornton 2013–14 (32)

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Rebounds Player Year (games)
1 509 Bill Chambers 1951–52 (28)
2 498 Bill Chambers 1962–63 (23)
3 471 Jeff Cohen 1959–60 (26)
4 424 Jeff Cohen 1960–61 (24)
5 413 Jeff Cohen 1958–59 (24)

Assists[edit]

Rank Assists Player Year (games)
1 168 Scott Coval 1984–85 (27)
2 159 Nick D'Antoni 2003–04 (28)
3 128 Bill Barnes 1981–82 (28)
4 124 David Schneider 2007–08 (33)
5 123 John Lowenhaupt 1976–77 (30)

Field goal percentage (min. 200 attempts)[edit]

Rank Field goal pct Player Year
1 59.9% (164–274) Carl Parker 1995–96
2 57.9% (195–337) John Lowenhaupt 1977–78
3 57.2% (115–201) Gary Bland 1983–84
4 56.9% (235–413) Keith Cieplicki 1984–85
5 56.3% (126–224) Corey Cofield 2003–04

Free throw percentage (min. 80 attempts)[edit]

Rank Free throw pct Player Year
1 91.7% (111–121) Scott Coval 1985–86
2 87.5% (77–88) Dave Daugherty 1966–67
3 87.4% (111–127) Tony Traver 1982–83
4 86.6% (116–134) Quinn McDowell 2010–11
5 86.4% (114–132) John Lowenhaupt 1977–78

Three-point field goal percentage (min. 75 attempts)[edit]

Rank 3-Pt field goal pct Player Year
1 45.5% (70–154) Quinn McDowell 2010–11
2 44.1% (75–170) Greg Burzell 1987–88
3 43.6% (34–78) Brendan Connor 1991–92
4 43.5% (57–131) Bobby Fitzgibbons 1995–96
5 43.5% (93–214) Marcus Thornton 2012–13

Blocks[edit]

Rank Blocks Player Year (games)
1 91 David Cully 1994–95 (27)
2 84 David Cully 1995–96 (25)
3 71 David Cully 1993–94 (26)
4 60 Marcus Kitts 2010–11 (32)
5 53 Adam Duggins 1999–00 (28)

Steals[edit]

Rank Steals Player Year (games)
1 112 Jim McDonough 1975–76 (25)
2 58 John Lowenhaupt 1975–76 (28)
3 57 Randy Bracy 1997–98 (26)
John Lowenhaupt 1977–78 (26)
5 56 David Schneider 2007–08 (33)
Mike Strayhorn 1982–83 (29)

NCAA records[edit]

Individual
  • Bill Chambers, highest single game rebound total, 51, February 14, 1953 vs. Virginia (rules changes since then make this record unlikely to be broken)
Team
  • In 2009–10, they became the first team in NCAA history to score baskets in four consecutive conference tournament games with less than eight seconds remaining in each game

Accolades[edit]

Southern Conference (1936–1977)[edit]

Season Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year First Team All-SoCon Second Team All-SoCon Third Team All-SoCon Rookie of the Year
1936–37 N/A
1937–38 N/A
1938–39 N/A
1939–40 N/A
1940–41 N/A
1941–42 N/A
1942–43 N/A
1943–44 N/A
1944–45 N/A
1945–46 N/A
1946–47 N/A Chet Giermak
1947–48 N/A
1948–49 N/A Chet Giermak
1949–50 N/A Chet Giermak (2)
1950–51 N/A Perry Lewis
Ed McMillan
1951–52 Bill Chambers
1952–53 Bill Chambers (2)
1953–54
1954–55
1955–56
1956–57
1957–58 Roy Lange
1958–59 Roy Lange (2) Jeff Cohen
1959–60 Jeff Cohen Ben Vaughan
1960–61 Jeff Cohen Jeff Cohen (2)
1961–62
1962–63 Roger Bergey
1963–64 Dave Hunter
1964–65
1965–66 Ben Pomeroy
1966–67 Ben Pomeroy (2) Ron Panneton
1967–68 Bob Sherwood
1968–69
1969–70 Bob Sherwood
1970–71 Tom Jasper Tom Jasper Steve Dodge
1971–72 Jeffrey Trammell
1972–73 Mike Arizin
1973–74 Mike Arizin (2)
1974–75 Ron Satterthwaite
1975–76 John Lowenhaupt Ron Satterthwaite
1976–77 John Lowenhaupt

ECAC South (1977–1982)[edit]

William & Mary joined the Colonial Athletic Association, its current conference, in 1982–83. The CAA's predecessor was the ECAC South, which existed between 1977–78 and 1984–85. The CAA recognizes the 1982–83 through 1984–85 seasons as part of its basketball history but not any earlier. The CAA was formally founded in 1982–83 as the ECAC South Basketball League. It was renamed the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985–86 when it added championships in other sports (although a number of members maintain ECAC affiliation in some sports).

Season Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year First Team All-ECAC Second Team All-ECAC Third Team All-ECAC Rookie of the Year
1977–78
1978–79
1979–80
1980–81 Mike Strayhorn
1981–82

Colonial Athletic Association (1982–present)[edit]

Season Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year First Team All-CAA Second Team All-CAA Third Team All-CAA Rookie of the Year
1982–83 Bruce Parkhill Keith Cieplicki
Brant Weidner
1983–84 Keith Cieplicki (2)
1984–85 Keith Cieplicki (3)
1985–86
1986–87
1987–88 Tim Trout
1988–89 Tom Bock
1989–90 Thomas Roberts
1990–91 Thomas Roberts
1991–92 Thomas Roberts (2)
1992–93 Thomas Roberts (3)
1993–94
1994–95 Kurt Small
1995–96 David Cully
1996–97 Bobby Fitzgibbons
1997–98 Charlie Woollum Randy Bracy Terence Jennings
1998–99
1999–00 Jim Moran
2000–01 Jim Moran (2)
2001–02 Mike Johnson
2002–03 Adam Hess
2003–04 Adam Hess (2) Corey Cofield Corey Cofield
2004–05 Corey Cofield (2)
2005–06
2006–07 Adam Payton
2007–08 Tony Shaver Laimis Kisielius
2008–09 David Schneider
2009–10 Tony Shaver (2) David Schneider Quinn McDowell
2010–11 Quinn McDowell (2)
2011–12
2012–13 Marcus Thornton Tim Rusthoven
2013–14 Marcus Thornton Tim Rusthoven Omar Prewitt

Retired jerseys[edit]

Banners honoring the 1983 NIT berth, Keith Cieplicki, Bill Chambers
Banners honoring Chet Giermak, John Lowenhaupt, Jeff Cohen and Lynn Norenberg

William & Mary has retired five men's basketball jerseys in its program's history. Uniform numbers are not retired, only ceremonial jerseys. Banners depicting the all-time greats hang in the rafters of Kaplan Arena (the banner in white is for Lynn Norenberg, the only W&M women's basketball player to have a jersey retired). There also hangs a banner which commemorates their 1983 National Invitation Tournament bid, the program's first ever postseason berth.

Players in the NBA[edit]

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