Men's Basketball Advances to Elite 8
Update (3/10/18): As the final buzzer sounded at Tarble Pavilion, Swarthmore students erupted with a “Let’s go Swarthmore” chant. The crowd that piled over from the stands onto the court, and would have made any fire marshal uneasy, was proud of its team, even though the season was over. The Garnet could not fight their way out of a poor second half, falling to Springfield, 74-62, on Saturday night in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. ...
“We had the best season in Swarthmore basketball history,” [Coach Landry] Kosmalski said. “And it’s not so much that we got the wins, it’s how we did it. Us being who we are and the way we do it and our culture, it inspires people to watch us. I think that is going to be the legacy from this season. Not that we finished three games short of what we wanted, but that we did things the right way.” Read a full recap in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Update (3/9/18): Five players scored in double-digits as the Swarthmore College basketball team (25-5) routed Plattsburg State by a score of 93-63 on Friday evening from a sold out Tarble Pavilion. With the win, the Garnet advances to tomorrow's sectional final (commonly referred to as the Elite 8) against Springfield College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and the winner advances to the Final Four. Read a full recap from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
An outstanding season has now become historic for the Swarthmore College men’s basketball team.
Not only will the Garnet (24-5) be playing in the NCAA Division III Sectional finals (commonly referred to as the Sweet 16) for the first time in program history, but it will be doing so from its home court of Tarble Pavilion.
Swarthmore will serve as host of its sectional, which also includes Plattsburgh St, Hamilton, and Springfield College. This weekend's games begin on Friday with a 5:30 p.m. game between Springfield College and Hamilton College. Swarthmore then faces Plattsburgh St. at 7:30 p.m.
The winner of this weekend's sectional advances to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, Va., with a chance to play for a national championship.
Swarthmore got to the Sweet 16 by winning two games this past weekend up in Middletown, Conn. In the first round on Friday, the Garnet hammered New England College, 90-63. Then on the second round on Saturday, the Garnet dismissed Wesleyan University, 97-75.
“Both games were good,” says head coach Landry Kosmalski. “Very different. New England College, very disruptive defensively, so that gave us some trouble at times during the game. Then a whole new set of problems when you play a team as good and well-coached as Wesleyan. So we had to get ready pretty quickly for a different style and our guys did a great job.”
At the top of the list of guys who did a great job sits guard Cam Wiley '19, an Honors philosophy major and history minor from Atlanta, Ga., who scored 50 points in the two wins combined. In the second round win over Wesleyan, he nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
“With Cam, the sky’s the limit,” Kosmalski says. “He played very well. Just finishing up [watching] the film [Monday] morning, I think it’s great that he scored points, but his rebounding and decision-making – he had 8 assists and [just three turnovers], [made] really, really good decisions and stuck his nose in for rebounds, which was tremendous. Tremendous overall game for him.”
Interview with head coach Landry Kosmalski about the upcoming weekend:
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