Monday, March 3, 2003
GREYHOUNDS TRAVEL TO FRANKLIN & MARSHALL FOR ECAC SOUTHERN QUARTERFINALS
BETHLEHEM, PA --- The Moravian College men’s basketball team will make its second-ever
appearance in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Basketball Championships
and the Greyhounds are the eighth seed, traveling to top seeded Franklin & Marshall
College (22-5) for a quarterfinal contest on Wednesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Lancaster,
Wednesday’s other quarterfinals contest will have second seeded DeSales University
(21-6) hosting seventh seed College Misericordia (16-11), third seed Penn State-Behrend
(19-8) entertaining sixth seed Thiel College (16-11) and fourth seeded Grove City College
(18-8) hosting fifth seed Neumann College (17-10). All games will start at 7:00 p.m. The
winners of Wednesday’s quarterfinals games will meet on Saturday, March 8th for the
semifinals and Sunday, March 9th for the championship game at the highest remaining seed.
The Greyhounds, who have an overall record of 16-10 this year, last competed in the ECAC
Tournament in 1983-84 when Moravian won the ECAC title with victories over Richard Stockton
and Jersey City. Moravian was knocked out of the Commonwealth Conference Tournament with
a 71-62 loss at Elizabethtown College in the semifinals.
Moravian head coach Jim Walker has the Greyhounds in the postseason
for the eighth time in his 23 years as head coach. Walker, who has an
overall record of 317-260 at Moravian and 332-270 in 24 seasons, is trying to guide the
Greyhounds to their first 17-win season since a 19-8 campaign in 1987-88.
Sophomore forward Brandon Zaleski (Hackettstown, NJ/Hackettstown HS) leads
the team in scoring at 18.4 points per game, and he also leads Moravian with 7.5 rebounds
per game. Zaleski, who was named the Lehigh Valley Small College Men's
Basketball Player of the Year last month, has added 22 assists, 34 steals and 11 blocked
shots while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor and 84.1 percent from the foul line. In
51 career games, Zaleski has moved within 44 points of becoming the 17th
Greyhound to score 1,000 career points. Senior forward Ken Greb (Mount Holly, NJ/
Rancocas Valley Regional HS) is netting 12.1 points per game to go along with
6.7 rebounds per contest. Greb has a 52.0 field goal percentage, and he
also has 44 assists, 36 steals and nine blocked shots.
Junior guard Steve Weiler (Edgewater Park, NJ/Burlington City HS) is
averaging 11.7 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per contest, and he leads the team with
43 three-pointers. Weiler also has 50 assists and 41 steals while junior
guard Kevin Wyers (Hamilton Square, NJ/Notre Dame HS) is netting 7.0 points
per outing and grabbing 2.7 rebounds a game. Wyers has added 24 three-pointers,
26 assists, 21 steals and seven blocked shots. Senior guard Willie Reynolds (Bethlehem,
PA/Liberty HS) has 52 assists and he is also adding 5.7 points per outing and
grabbing 2.2 rebounds a game while sophomore forward Mike Howell (Floral Park,
NY/Holy Cross HS) is contributing 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest. Reynolds also
has 57 rebounds, 24 three-pointers and 18 steals while Howell, who will
miss the rest of the season with an injury, has five blocked shots, eight assists and seven
Junior guard Lucas Malishchak (Wanamie, PA/Nanticoke HS) has dished
out 105 assists while committing just 66 turnovers, and he has contributed 63 rebounds,
91 points and 40 steals. Freshman forward Geoff Wendel (Sparta, NJ/Sparta HS) is
averaging 5.4 points per game, and he has added 81 rebounds, 14 assists and 13 steals while
freshman guard Steve Wenderfer (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS), who will be out
the rest of the season with an injury, has 13 points. Junior guard Kevin Burke
(Turnersville, NJ/St. Augustine Prep HS) has added 40 points, 12 rebounds, 23
assists and 13 steals while freshman guard Chris Betley (Lenape, NJ/Lenape HS) has
tossed in 81 points, grabbed 26 boards and dished out 12 assists. Freshman forward Ed
Reid (Pen Argyl, PA/Pen Argyl HS) has netted 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds
this season. Sophomore guard Andy Fisher (Hatboro, PA/Hatboro-Horsham HS) has
18 points and 12 assists while freshman forward Zach Zsilavecz (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty
HS) has 13 points.
Franklin & Marshall, the defending ECAC Southern Champion, enters the game with an
overall record of 22-5 this season. The Diplomats, under the direction of head coach Glenn
Robinson, who is in his 32nd season with an overall mark of 645-231, were knocked
out of the Centennial Conference Tournament with a 96-88 overtime loss to Ursinus College
in the championship game.
Junior center Steve Juskin leads Franklin & Marshall in scoring
at 15.3 points per game, and he has a team high 98 blocked shots this season. Juskin is
also contributing 7.3 rebounds per contest to go along with 62 assists and 25 steals. Junior
guard Jackiem Wright has connected on a team leading 79 three-pointers
and he is netting 14.0 points per outing. Wright has also added 58 rebounds,
40 assists and 26 steals while shooting 91.2 percent (62 of 68) at the free throw line.
Junior guard Duran Searles is averaging 10.7 points per contest, and he
has added 75 assists, 73 rebounds, 42 three pointers, 42 steals and 11 blocked shots for
Sophomore forward Bob Lynch leads Franklin & Marshall with a 64.1
field goal percentage (100 of 156), and he is scoring 9.6 points and grabbing 4.5 rebounds
per game. Lynch also has 30 steals and 23 assists while senior guard Asaf
Ganot leads the Diplomats with 108 assists and 48 steals this season. Ganot,
who has committed just 38 turnovers, also leads the team on the boards with an average
of 7.9 rebounds per game. He has added 45 blocked shots and 20 three-pointers. Senior forward Frank
Hughes is averaging 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest to go along with 21
assists, 19 steals and 13 blocked shots. Freshman guard Brandon Smith is
contributing 7.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing, and he has 49 assists, 27 steals and
20 three-pointers in his debut season at Franklin & Marshall.
DeSales enters the tournament with an overall record of 21-6 and the Bulldogs were knocked
out of the Freedom Conference Tournament with a 72-65 loss to the University of Scranton
in the championship game. DeSales also competed in the ECAC Southern Championships last
Penn State-Behrend has an overall record of 19-8 and the Lions lost to Pitt Bradford,
62-59 in the championship game of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament.
Penn State-Behrend competed in the ECAC Southern Championships last year.
Grove City has posted an overall mark of 18-8 and the Wolverines won the Presidents Athletic
Conference title with a 60-59 victory over Thiel.
Neumann enters the tournament with an overall record of 17-19 and the Knights lost to
Alvernia College, 80-73 in the championship game of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
Thiel has an overall mark of 16-11 and the Tomcats lost to Grove City, 60-59 in the championship
game of the Presidents Athletic Conference Tournament.
Misericordia has posted an overall record of 16-11 and the Cougars lost to Neumann, 97-65
in the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Tournament. Misericordia competed
in the ECAC Southern Championships last year.