November 9, 2012 - Wildcats Set To Compete At Molloy Tip-Off Classic
AMHERST, NY - The undefeated Daemen College men's basketball team will get a chance to see what the future has in store when it travels to Long Island, N.Y. this weekend to take part in the Molloy College Tip-off Classic.
The Wildcats will face Queens College Friday at 6 p.m. and square off against the host Molloy Lions Saturday at 2 p.m.
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Both Queens and Molloy are members of the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference (ECC), which Daemen will join as a probationary member next year. Daemen's NCAA Division II application was approved this past summer and the Wildcats are in the first of a three-year transitional phase.
Daemen (5-0) has showcased an explosive offense and suffocating defense in five games against Canadian colleges this season. The Wildcats have scored over 100 points and have shot over 50-percent from the field in four of the five games. Defensively, Daemen has held each of its five opponents to under 70 points, while forcing an average of 23 turnovers a game.
Six players are averaging in double figures. Sophomore forward Gerald Beverly (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) has recorded four double-doubles and is averaging 15.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. Junior guard Casey Sheehan (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) is averaging a team-high 15.3 points and is also contributing 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Junior Kadeem Johnson (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger) has made 29-of-43 shots (67%) and is averaging 12.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. Point guard Mark Coppola (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville South) is averaging 6.8 assists, while senior Jim Regan (Williamsville, N.Y./Nichols) is averaging 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Bench support has come in the form of sophomore Jordan Greene (Fort Edward, N.Y./South Glens Falls) and junior college transfers Uchechi Ogbonna (Hicksville, N.Y./Eric CC) and Alvin Satram (New Port Richey, Fla./Pasco-Hernando CC). Greene is averaging 11.8 points and is tied for the team lead in three-pointers (9). Ogbonna has reached double figures in scoring in each of the three games he has played in and is averaging 15 points and 4.7 rebounds. Satram is tied with Greene for the team lead in three-pointers (9) and is averaging 8.4 points.
Both Queens and Molloy tip-off the 2012-13 season this weekend.
Queens stumbled to a 4-22 record last year after posting 20 wins in 2010-11. The Knights return just six players, and their 14-player roster features four freshmen and three transfers. Sophomore guard Abe Akanmu was named to the ECC All-Rookie team last year. He played in 13 games as a rookie, missing much of the early and middle portions of the season due to injury, and averaged 8.0 points per game. 6-foot-7 junior forward Pat Piasecki averaged 8.5 points last winter.
Molloy returns four starters from last year's team that finished 8-19 overall and 5-11 in the ECC. A closer look at last year's results shows that seven of Molloy's losses were by six points or less, including a late-season 84-80 overtime loss to conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant LIU-Post. Senior guard Jimmy Nolan and junior forward John Petrucelli top the list of returning players. Nolan collected second-team all-conference honors after drilling 85 three-pointers and averaging 17.2 points last year. Petrucelli was the ECC Rookie of the Year in 2010-11 and earned second-team all-conference honors last year. He led the team in scoring (17.7 ppg), rebounds (6.6 rpg) assists (82) and steals (69) a year ago. Sophomore guard Matt McLeod also returns after averaging 10.6 points and collecting ECC All-Rookie team honors last year.