1996-97 Season

Season in Review

The men's basketball team returned four senior starters, but never got on track and disappointed with a 12-13 record. The Cardinals finished sixth in the CAC and were eliminated in the first round of the conference Tournament by Mary Washington. Over New Year's the Cardinals went to California to play in the Whittier Poet Classic and captured the tournament title with wins over Millikin (Ill.) and Whittier. While in California the team practiced at UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion and met with legendary coach John Wooden. The Cardinals also won the CUA Coca-Cola Classic for the fifth time in six years. The team raised $1,500 to help fight cancer during the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer game against St. Mary's (Md.).

Senior Jeremy Borys led the team in scoring (18.4 ppg), while increasing his average by 7.5 points over the previous season, and finished his career with 1,212 points ranking 11th on the school's all-time scoring list. He received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship (one of 32 in the country), was named CAC Player of the Year and selected GTE National Academic All-American. He also was MVP at both in-season tournaments, NABC first-team Middle Atlantic District, Division III News Honorable Mention All-American, Columbus Multimedia Honorable Mention All-American and CAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Senior Sammy Briggs, who led the team in both steals and assists all four years, finished his career as one of only 11 players in Div. III history with 1,000 points (1,182), 500 assists (621), and 200 steals (228). Senior Pat Buckley ranks second in career three-pointers (267) and 19th in scoring (1,085 points).

Results (12-13 overall, 6-8 CAC)
Final Stats

Nov. 23 at American (D-I) L, 101-66
Nov. 26 at Haverford W, 67-64
Dec. 2 at William & Mary (D-I) L, 78-59
Dec. 4 at Salisbury State * L, 77-74
Dec. 7 at Scranton (OT) L, 87-82
Jan. 3 vs. Millikin (Ill.) % W, 79-73
Jan. 4 at Whittier (Calif.) % W, 85-65
Jan. 8 Western Maryland L, 84-82
Jan. 11 Widener @ W, 82-64
Jan. 12 Coast Guard @ W, 71-61
Jan. 15 at Mary Washington * L, 89-81
Jan. 18 St. Mary's (Md.) * W, 85-80
Jan. 20 Marymount * (2OT) L, 100-99
Jan. 22 York (Pa.) * W, 87-72
Jan. 25 at Goucher * L, 90-70
Jan. 29 Salisbury State * L, 100-89
Feb. 1 at Gallaudet * W, 93-63
Feb. 4 Mary Washington * W, 76-65
Feb. 8 at Marymount * L, 87-70
Feb. 11 at St. Mary's (Md.) W, 82-73.
Feb. 15 Goucher L, 76-75
Feb. 17 Villa Julie W, 90-55
Feb. 19 at York (Pa.) * (OT) L, 89-86
Feb. 22 Gallaudet * W, 91-67
Feb. 25 at Mary Washington # L, 69-56

% Whittier Poet Classic
@ CUA Coca-Cola Classic
* Conference games
# CAC Tournament