Men's Basketball Set to Host NCAA Tournament Games

A capacity crowd cheers on the Garnet during the Centennial Conference championship game on Feb. 25 from Tarble Pavilion.

(Update 3/5):  The winningest season in Swarthmore men's basketball history concluded in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 77-67 loss to No. 2 Christopher Newport. Cam Wiley '19 scored a game-high 22 points.

(Update 3/4): Four Garnet players scored in double-figures as Swarthmore's basketball team won its NCAA Tournament debut over Staten Island, 86-61.  The Garnet will now collide with No. 2 Christopher Newport University at 7 p.m. Saturday in the round of 32 from Tarble Pavilion.

The Swarthmore men's basketball team will not have to travel far for its first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. In fact, it doesn't even need to leave campus.

Two days after winning the Centennial Conference championship in thrilling fashion, the Garnet was selected to host first and second round games of the postseason tournament. For its first-round matchup, the Garnet will face the College of Staten Island on Friday at 8 p.m. from Tarble Pavilion. 

The other first-round matchup on Friday pits Christopher Newport (25-2), the second ranked team in Division III according to D3Hoops.com, and Morrisville St. (22-6) at 6 pm. The winners of Friday's games will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the Sweet 16. See the complete bracket

Tickets for the game are available at the door and online. Fans unable to make it to Tarble Pavilion can watch a live stream of the games on the Garnet Sports Network and NCAA website. See complete ticketing information

It's been a whirlwind few days for the Garnet since it cut down the nets on Saturday. On Tuesday, guard Cam Wiley '19, a history major and political science and philosophy minor from Atlanta, Ga., was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, becoming the first member of the program to receive the recognition. Watch an interview with Wiley.

Zack Yonda '18, an honor economics major from Berwyn, Pa., was named to the second team while head coach Landry Kosmalski was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.

In interviews leading up to the NCAA games, both Yonda and Kosmalski discussed how the team developed a winning mentality and how it is preparing for its next challenge.

"Our academic peers have done it," Kosmalski says to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Mike Jensen on why he believed this level of success could be achieved on the basketball court at the College. "Williams has won national titles. Amherst has won national titles. Middlebury has been to the final four. This is all recent history. So it can be done." Read the full interview.

“We weren’t great my freshman year, but there were signs that we were going to be good," Yonda tells KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon. "My sophomore year we took a big step, a big growth step and its been upward from there.”

He also credits the commitment and dedication of his teammates.

“We all care about each other,” Yonda says. “We have great leadership. We believe in what we do and we don’t get out of sight of what’s in the future and we just take things one day at a time, one practice at a time and we try and get better every day.”