A season in review: the men’s basketball team

Curt Bliamptis, Staff Writer

The men’s basketball season is over, and there are plenty of good memories to go around. Head coach Nathan Davis’s first year with the Bison featured plenty of tough opponents and a valiant effort throughout the year. After finishing first in the Patriot League in the regular season, the Bison were stunned by Holy Cross in an epic double-overtime Patriot League quarterfinal that led to the Holy Cross run to a Patriot League Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid. In the NIT, the Bison faced off against a very strong Monmouth team in the first round, but fell short 90-80.

Davis was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for his success in his first year as head coach.

“It’s really more a reflection of the team,” Davis said. “We had good leadership, played unselfishly, and as a team we accomplished something.”

The Bison picked up their fifth regular season Patriot League Championship in six years. The Orange and Blue were also very well represented on the All-Patriot League Team, with Chris Hass ’16 on the first team, Nana Foulland ’18 on the second team, and Stephen Brown ’18 on the third team. Brown and Ryan Frazier ’16 received Patriot League All-Defensive Team honors as well.

Throughout the season, the Bison tallied some impressive statistics, including 233 total three-pointers made, which fell just short of the school’s record set in the late 1980s. Additionally, the total point tally for the team’s season was 2,448, which ranked as the fourth-highest point count in the history of the program. The Bison will be returning to the court with ten lettermen, including some of their highest scorers. Hass, Matt Banas ’16, Frazier, and Dom Hoffman ’16 will be graduating and departing the distinguished Bison program.

Davis had some parting words for the seniors on the team who have played their last year of basketball with the Bison.

“I appreciate the way they bought in and accepted the things we were trying to do. Their leadership affected us a tremendous amount this year,” Davis said.

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