The Tribal Fever The Official Tribe Athletics Fan Club Mon, 08 Sep 2014 04:25:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tribe Basketball Awaits Postseason Fate Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:50:01 +0000 Dean Barker This past week has been a week of opposite emotions for William & Mary Tribe men’s basketball.

Last Sunday, the Tribe won a dogfight against Towson 75-71 to advance to just the program’s third CAA Championship Game. That joy ran into a brick wall the next day, when the Tribe was left speechless after a 74-75 loss to Delaware in the CAA Championship in which the Tribe had a six point lead with a minute left to go.

Today, the Tribe will make history during Selection Sunday. The Tribe is already guaranteed a spot in one of the four postseason tournaments (NCAA, NIT, CBI, or CIT), the only question is which one. The Tribe (20-12, 12-7) will be playing in just their third postseason tournament in school history. Unless the Tribe is #15 or higher in the NCAA Tournament, the Green and Gold will play on Tuesday or Wednesday.

If the Tribe earns an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, it would be their first NCAA appearance in school history. They would likely be a #16 seed, and have to play an initial play-in game against another #16 seed on Tuesday or Wednesday.

If the Tribe earns an invitation to the NIT, it would be the third time in school history, and the second time in the past five years. They would likely be a low seed and play an away game.

If the Tribe earns an invitation to the CBI, it would be the first time in school history. They would likely be a four seed and play an away game. However, if the Tribe were to make it to the CBI Finals, which is a best of three series, they would play at least one home game.

If the Tribe earns an invitation to the CIT, which they are expected to do, it would also be the first time in school history. Only with this tournament, the Tribe would likely garner a #1 seed, and have home court advantage until the CIT Final Four.

The NCAA Bracket will be revealed on CBS Sports Network at 4:00 P.M. The NIT Bracket will be revealed on ESPNU at 8:30 P.M. The CBI and CIT do not have Selection Shows and will not be revealing their brackets on T.V., but their full brackets are expected to be completed later tonight.


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#3 Tribe Faces #1 Delaware in CAA Championship Game Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:20:54 +0000 Dean Barker Last night, the Tribe didn’t win on any magic buzzer beaters. All they had was guts.

But that was all that the #3 Tribe needed to upset the #2 Towson Tigers on Sunday, 75-71. With the win, the Tribe advances to their third CAA Championship Game in seven years, and will face top-seeded Delaware. If the Tribe wins tonight, they will clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

“I think we beat a really fine basketball team,” said head coach Tony Shaver. The win was the Tribe’s fourth lower-seeded CAA Tournament win in the past seven years. If Towson were to have won, it would have been the Tigers’ first CAA Championship game.

The Tribe is one of five teams that have never been to the NCAA Tournament. The other four are Northwestern, Army, Citadel, and St. Francis. The Tribe is one win away from leaving that infamous club.

Marcus Thornton lead the Tribe yesterday with 21 points. For the seniors, Brandon Britt had 16 points, Kyle Gaillard had 12, and Tim Rusthoven had 10.

“Semifinals, big stage, bright lights. You’ve got to get excited for stuff like that,” said Thornton. The win improved the Tribe to 20-11 overall and 12-6 in CAA play, which marks just their second 20 win season in the last five years.

The Tribe is up against some tough competition to say the least. Delaware is 24-9 overall, and has only lost two of their 18 conference games.

“Delaware is one of the best offensive teams I’ve seen in this league since I’ve been here,” said coach Shaver. “We have to rebound the ball.”

The Tribe has been to the CAA Championship twice before, but have come up empty both times. In 2008, the Green & Gold made their first CAA Championship Game as the #5 seed, winning each game on a game-winner, but lost to George Mason, 59-68. In 2010, in what is still widely considered the best season in school history, the Tribe made it to the championship game, but lost a tough game to ODU, 70-63.

Regardless of who wins tonight, this will not be the Tribe’s last game of the season. With Saturday’s win, the Tribe clinched a spot in a postseason tournament. As of now, the Tribe is 135th in the RPI standings, which means that they could likely gain an upper-seed in the CBI (College Basketball Invitational), but if the Tribe plays well tonight, they could be looking at a possible CIT bid. However, the Tribe is unlikely to gain an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. If the Tribe wins tonight, they will likely earn a #16 seed in the NCAA’s, and will have to play an initial play-in game against another #16 seed. If the Tribe wins that game, they will face off with a #1 seed in the NCAA First Round, which could be a tough game to win, but the Tribe has already proven that they can do some serious damage.


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Amazing Second Half Comeback Leads Tribe to CAA Semifinals Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:56:29 +0000 Dean Barker It was certainly a lot better than the last time the Tribe played Charleston.

On Saturday night, the #3 Tribe (19-11, 10-6) overcame a 12 point halftime deficit to defeat the #6 Charleston Cougars 59-70 in the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship Quarterfinals, avenge an earlier 54-87 loss to the Cougars, and advance to their third CAA Semifinal in the past seven years. The win also assured the Tribe a postseason berth, their first in four years.

“Our will to win was really on display during the second half,” said head coach Tony Shaver. The Green and Gold obliterated the Cougars in the second half, outscoring them by a whopping 42-19. “We started the second half the same way we played the first half… We weren’t going to win if we continued that process.”

At halftime, the Tribe did not look like they would be the winning team by any means. It looked as if the Tribe’s season might be over. William and Mary was held to a disgusting 28 points, one of the Tribe’s worst first halves of the season. Charleston scored 40 points in the first half.

Both teams would score two points to start the second half, then Tony Shaver called a time out. That was when the Tribe was recharged. The Tribe then went on an 11-4 run to cut the margin to 46-41.

When Brandon Britt fouled Anthony Stitt while he was shooting a three pointer, things did not look good. It looked as if the Tribe had just relinquished the momentum. That was not the case. Stitt would miss two of three free throws to make it a six point lead.

In the next three minutes, Marcus Thornton scored five points and Kyle Gaillard and Brandon Britt kicked in with two points each to lead the Tribe on a 9-4 run that cut the Cougar lead to 51-50. Anthony Thomas would then hit a layup for the Cougars, but that would be it for the Charleston lead. On the Tribe’s next possession, Daniel Dixon hit an NBA three to tie the game. Following a missed Charleston layup, Dixon would go to the line after a foul by Thomas. Dixon made one of two to give the Tribe their first lead of the half. Brandon Britt would score three more and Tim Rusthoven would score one to finish off a Tribe 8-0 run.

Charleston wasn’t done yet. Adjehi Baru scored a layup and Willis Hall hit two free throws to cut the Tribe lead to 58-57. Omar Prewitt put an end to the Cougar run with a deep NBA three that put the Tribe up by four. Anthony Thomas hit one more layup, but that was it for the Cougars, and the Tribe went on a 9-0 run highlighted by a Gaillard dunk with under a minute left to seal the Tribe win 59-70.

Marcus Thornton and Brandon Britt led the Tribe with 16 points apiece, and Terry Tarpey kicked in with nine.

The Tribe advances to play in Sunday’s CAA Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals against #2 Towson at 5:00. It should also be noted that six years ago Sunday, the Tribe won a CAA Semifinal match-up as the #5 seed against #1 VCU 56-54 on a Laimis Kisielius game winner to advance to the Tribe’s first ever CAA Championship game. The Tribe has won their last two CAA Semifinals, the last one coming in 2010 off of a David Schneider three to propel the #3 Tribe past #2 Northeastern, 47-45.

The Tribe will take on the Towson Tigers concluding the first semifinal featuring #5 Northeastern and #1 Delaware. The winner of that game will face the winner of tonight’s Tribe vs. Tigers game.

The game will be shown on NBC Sports Network (channel 34).


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Tribe Clinches #3 Spot in CAA Tournament, Defeats Northeastern 81-67 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:48:53 +0000 Dean Barker It’s been a long time since William & Mary Tribe Men’s Basketball (17-10, 9-5) has had a high seed in the CAA Tournament.

With the Tribe’s 81-67 Senior Day win over Northeastern and UNCW’s double overtime 57-55 defeat of the College of Charleston on Saturday, the Tribe has locked up at least the #3 seed in the upcoming CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. If the Tribe wins out for the rest of the year, and Towson loses out, the Tribe will get the #2 seed.

“A lot of guys performed well for us,” said Tribe head coach Tony Shaver. Marcus Thornton had 25 points and four assists for the Tribe. Tim Rusthoven had 12 points and 5 assists, and Brandon Britt kicked in with 11 points and three rebounds.

Starting for the Tribe was 5/6 of the senior class, Britt, Rusthoven, Julian Boatner, Ben Whitlatch, and Fred Heldring.

The Green & Gold took off with a 10-3 lead at the 14:41 mark, thanks to two threes from Thornton, one from Britt, and one free throw for Rusthoven. The Tribe then went on a 16-11 run to make the score 26-14 with six minutes remaining. Northeastern would not go away, however, and the Huskies went on a 10-8 run to close out the first half. At halftime, the score was W&M 33, Northeastern 24. Thornton had 11 points in the first half, and Daniel Dixon had six.

For the second half, it was almost all Tribe. William and Mary went on a 15-12 run to start the half and get out to a 49-36 lead with 13:52 left in the game. The Huskies weren’t done yet, and they sparked one last furious comeback. Junior forward Reggie Spencer led a 12-3 run for NU with six points, and was helped out with three pointers by David Walker and T.J Williams. That would be as close as the Huskies would get, and after Coach Shaver called a 30 second timeout to stop the run, the Tribe would outscore Northeastern for the rest of the game, 28-19. The final score was Tribe 81, Huskies 67. The Tribe led for the entire game. For the seniors, Kyle Gaillard had two points and five rebounds, Fred Heldring had two rebounds, Julian Boatner had 8 points, and Ben Whitlatch had one board.

While Saturday was Senior Day for the Tribe, the Green and Gold isn’t by any means done at Kaplan Arena. The Tribe will be playing their final home game of the regular season on Wednesday when they host Hofstra at 7:00. A win would give the Tribe their 18th win, the second highest win total in sixteen years. Also, as of Friday, the Tribe had the 133rd best RPI in the nation. If the Tribe does not win the CAA Tournament or receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, they are still almost certainly a shoo-in to make a postseason tournament. Currently, the Tribe is in a position to make the Postseason Tournament (CIT), a 32-team tournament, but Brandon Britt has other ideas.

“I definitely think it would be a failure [to not make the NCAA Tournament}. To me at least," said Britt. "I don't want to make the CIT. We have to make the tournament and I have faith that we will. [We] just have to keep praying and playing ball.”

Tickets to the Tribe’s showdown with Hofstra can be bought through The game will be on the radio at 92.3 The Tide FM and 107.9 Bach FM. Live video will be available through TribeAthletics.TV, along with live audio and stats.




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Michael Katz Walk-Off Two Run Homer Gives Tribe 6-7 win over Army Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:20:19 +0000 Dean Barker Some William & Mary fans are calling it the “greatest baseball game” that they’ve ever seen.

Tribe baseball (2-1) amazingly managed to erase a 2-6 deficit to defeat Army on Sunday evening, and win the season-opening series against the Black Knights in one of the most exciting games in recent Tribe history. The big win came after a rough 4-2 loss in the first game of a the double-header. Junior left fielder Michael Katz’s two run bomb in the bottom of the ninth was his second home run of the game, and his third of the series. Katz went two for four on the day, with a solo-shot in the fourth inning, and the homer to win the game.

“We woke up the fourth or fifth inning, and luckily we were able to pull it out,” said Katz.

Army didn’t have the problem of needing to ”wake up.” The Black Knights got off to a quick start, scoring two runs off of sophomore pitcher Mitchell Aker in the first inning. Army got their first run off of a Mark McCants single, and brought their second run home with Jacob Paige’s RBI groundout. The Tribe was quick to respond, however, as senior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth came up with an RBI single to cut the Black Knights lead to 2-1.

Army tallied on another run in the top of the third with a McCants double to right field, scoring Patrick Mescher and putting the Black Knights up 3-1.

Things really started to go wrong in the top of the fourth inning. Harold Earls added to the lead with a two run single, and was then brought home by McCants to extend the lead to 6-1. That would end the day for Aker, who pitched four innings, allowed seven hits, six earned runs, one walk, and had two strikeouts.

Michael Katz cut the lead to four in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to left field.

Freshman Nick Brown came in to pitch for the Tribe in the fifth inning, and shut down the Army hitters for the next four innings. He struck out one batter, and allowed only three hits.

The Green & Gold got down to business in the bottom of the sixth. Junior transfer Nick Thompson hit his first home run with the Tribe to start the inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, freshman Tim Hoehn brought in a run with an infield single. Just when it looked like the Tribe was done, the lead was cut to one when Army’s shortstop couldn’t come up with a ball off the bat of senior outfielder Derek Lowe.

Kevin Casey came in to pitch for the Tribe in the top of the ninth. He had little trouble keeping the Army lead at one. McCants was the only man to reach base, which he did with a single, but Casey struck out one batter, and the other batters flew out. Casey would finish with the win.

Thompson started the bottom of the ninth with a single. Lindemuth moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Then, it was showtime. Katz wasted no time, as he demolished the first pitch he saw off of Garrison Franklin, sending it over the left center field fence to give the Tribe a miraculous 6-7 walk-off win.

“A phrase we use a lot is ‘Just keep playing. No matter what happened previously, just keep playing,’” said head coach Brian Murphy. This was Murphy’s first series as the Tribe’s head coach.

The Tribe looks to continue its winning ways when they travel to #1 Virginia on Tuesday. Live stats are available through GameTracker.



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Tribe Basketball Thriving in Successful Season Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:54:36 +0000 Dean Barker Nobody felt too confident about Tribe men’s basketball after a season-opening 69-77 loss to Hampton on November 8th.

Fast forward to eleven and a half weeks, 12 wins, two marathon bus-rides, and an appearance on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays by Marcus Thornton later, and the Tribe is sitting at 12-7 overall and 2nd in the CAA (4-2) after a come-from-behind 74-63 win Monday night against the College of Charleston. The Tribe was down by nine points at halftime, but scored 49 points in the second half to pull it out.

The Tribe hasn’t been this good since the 2009-2010 season, when the Green & Gold went 22-11 and appeared in the CAA Championship Game and the NIT. With 10 games left in the regular season, the Tribe has a chance to finish with a better record than that team.

“That team was better defensively,” said W&M head coach Tony Shaver when asked to compare the two Tribe teams. “I know this team has shattered offensive records, but that team was better defensively, but we’re making some progress there.”

While this team might not be as celebrated as the 2010 team, the Tribe certainly has made progress from last season. The Tribe is 4-2 in single digit games this season, and 2-0 in one possession games. Last year, the Tribe was 6-9 in single digit games, and 1-2 in one possession games.

“There’s a toughness with this team [that] we didn’t have a year ago,” said coach Shaver. When I asked what this team had that the past three teams didn’t, he answered, “Talent.”

Tonight, the Tribe is slated to take on the league-leading Delaware Blue Hens at 7:00. A win would put the Tribe one game out of first place in the CAA.

“The key to beating Delaware will be great defense,” said coach Shaver. “They’re probably the best offensive team we’ve played all year long, and we’ve gotta somehow slow them down a bit.”

Delaware doesn’t expect to have it any easier, however. Blue Hens head coach Monte Ross said the way to stop Marcus Thornton was to, “hope he takes the night off and doesn’t want to play.”

Tickets to tonight’s game can be bought through TribeAthletics.TV will be streaming live video and audio. The game will also be broadcasted through 92.3 The Tide FM and 107.9 Bach FM. Live stats are available as well.


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PREVIEW: Game 14 W&M vs. Drexel Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:55:42 +0000 Bill McDonald The Opponent: Drexel Dragons 8-5, 0-0 CAA

The Coach: James “Bruiser” Flint (thirteenth season, 220-164). His victory against Elon to start the season made him the winningest Coach in Drexel history. He is the longest tenured coach in the CAA and has 131 CAA wins.

The Series: This will be the 29th game in the series between William and Mary and Drexel … The Dragons lead the overall series, 19-9, and are 14-8 against W&M since joining the CAA. The Dragons have won the last four games against the Tribe, including last season’s 59-48 win in Williamsburg. William & Mary, however, has won 5 of the last seven meetings in Kaplan, including an 80-66 slugfest two seasons ago.

The Skinny: The Dragons are, again, a tough defensive team. Drexel is 2nd the CAA in scoring defense (66.2 points per game) and pull down almost 39 rebounds per game. The Dragons average 3.2 blocks per game. They are the toughest defense against the Three in the CAA, allowing only 27.3 percent to be made. They cause 11.4 TO’s per game. They have suffered this season from the loss of senior Damion Lee to an early knee injury.

They get most of their scoring from the two senior guards, Chris Fouch, their top 3pt threat (28 made) and Franz Massenat, (Pre-Season 1st Team All-CAA). The pair combine to average 31.4 ppg, while 6’8” Senior, Dartaye Ruffin is their top rebounder, getting 8.1 boards per game.

The Key Players:

• #3 R-Senior Chris Fouch scored 13 points at USM, which was his 12th double-digit effort in 13 games. He ranks 5th in career treys (231) and 13th in career points (1,412) at DU.

• #11 Sophomore Tavon Allen poured in a team-high 15 points at Southern Miss and is averaging 16.3 ppg over his last 3 games (12.6 ppg overall).

• #4 Senior Frantz Massenat had eight points and four assists at USM. He ranks 4th in career assists (465) and 16th in career points (1,312) at Drexel. He is averaging 14.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.

• #35 Senior Dartaye Ruffin ranks 4th in the CAA in rebounding (8.1 rpg) this season and is 12th in career rebounds (718) at Drexel. He is scoring 5.0 per game

Tribe Disa & Data:

• Junior. Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 26 points at WIU and also pulled down 6 boards and dished out 6 assists. Thornton leads the CAA in scoring (19.5 ppg) and is second in the league in treys made (2.9 pg). He is shooting 76% from the FT line. He is the CAA Co-Player of the Week.

• Freshman Omar Prewitt scored 18 points at Western and pulled down a team-high 8 boards. He’s averaging 14.1 ppg, good for 11th in the CAA. He is 2nd in the CAA from the line, at 79.4%. He is, again, the CAA Rookie of the Week.

• Senior Tim Rusthoven missed the last two contests due to illness, but is still 13th in the CAA in scoring at 13.1 ppg, 17th in rebounding at 5.5 per game and leads the league in shooting percentage at 58%.

• Senior Julian Boatner contributed 10 points, on 3 of 4 shooting from long range against WIU and now is hitting 44% of his 3 point shots, (2nd in the CAA) while averaging 7.3 ppg.

The Tribe is the best 3 point shooting team in the CAA, while Drexel is the best defensive team vs the three. W&M leads the CAA in steals (6.6) and assists (13.8).

The Broadcast: This game has a 7 PM tip. The Countdown to Tipoff begins at 6:30 PM on our affiliates 92.3 FM and 107.9 FM and on the internet at Tune in early to hear Tony’s thoughts on the game and our analysis of the Dragons. There is TV coverage of this game on TribeTV.

Final Thoughts: This is an early test against one of the top teams in the League. The Dragons have not shot well, of late and have been uncharastically out muscled in the two recent losses. We should be back to full strength for the game. It will be the best three point shooters in the CAA against the best three point defenders. Hopefully, the Tribe Riflemen, Thornton, Prewitt, Boatner, Gaillard and Britt will all be “on” from long range. Tim will need some help on the boards against their inside bangers.

Let’s get win #9.

Go Tribe!!


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FreshMeat with Pam and Anne: Carolyn Cunniffe and McCall Ledgett Wed, 04 Dec 2013 03:38:12 +0000 Pam Garcia We recently had the opportunity to interview McCall Ledgett and Carolyn Cunniffe, two freshmen on the Women’s Cross Country team. McCall Ledgett is a distance runner from Carlisle, PA and is planning on majoring in Kinesiology. Carolyn Cunniffe is also a distance runner from Chesapeake, VA and is planning on majoring in International Relations. As usual we had McCall and Carolyn pick out random questions from a hat for them to answer!


The first question that the girls picked was :


Who is your favorite athlete that you look up to?

McCall : I just really love Alison Felix, I always have she is so cool. I also really like Bethany Hamilton!

Carolyn: Wow this is hard!  I would say Cara Gapture, she’s a marathon runner.


Carolyn picked the next question :


Walk us through you game day prep?

C: It really starts a couple days before, but the night before we eat a lot of pasta and then the day of I eat a light breakfast and sit with the team and start to get in the zone and think about what we have to do.

M: Well running is weird, because it starts days and days before. You start sleeping more and  eating the right way. The night before like Carolyn said we have lots of pasta, my favorite is Manicotti!  This is weird but right before I race I listen to the The Last of Mohicans soundtrack because it’s really empowering!

Pam and Anne: Do you guys have a pump up song or anything ?

C: I would say anything Beyonce

M:  Oh yea we LOVE Beyonce!

C: and Royals and Wake me up by Avicii


If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

M: Oh my gosh dance moves!

C: I would have to go with stopping time, that would be really cool!

M: But with dancing you have the ninja moves and everyone would just be really awesome all the time !
What are 3 things you could not live without ?


M: My sister, my heart both theoretically and physically, and food. Oh my gosh I love all kinds of food!

PA: What’s you favorite kind of food?

M: Bacon cheeseburgers!

C: I would also say my sisters. A water bottle because I feel like I carry one around all the time. And… showers!
Chad Ochocinco changed his name a few years back, if you could change your name what would it be?

M: Pocahontas, is that even a question !

C: Well I can’t compete with Pocahontas… what am I supposed to say

M: Pick Beyonce!


What’s your favorite TV show:

C:  Mine would be Pretty Little Liars

M: Umm I don’t really watch TV but Pitch Perfect is my favorite movie!


What is the most trouble you have ever been in ?

M: Considering that I was a devil child! I guess it was just with my parents when I was a little kid I was terrible!

C: When I was younger I told my sister, that her boyfriend said that he was going to propose to her and I had totally made it up! I was so mean and I got in so much trouble with my mom.


What do you do on your free time:

M:I’m a really adventurous person,  I really like hiking and climbing mountains it’s my ultimate hobby.

C:I tried to be crafty, but I’m not so it never really works out. I buy things on pinterest, but they don’t turn out right


Do you have any saying or mottos that you live by ?

M: One I really like is “To give anything less than the best is to sacrifice a gift” by Steve Prefontain and that kind of encompasses all the things I do in life.

C: Mine is “Keep you head up, keep your heart strong”  Shalane Flannagan and that is just helpful if something doesn’t go your way it just reminds you that everyone has problems.


What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

M: My mom always says: “no matter what…”. That’s the biggest phrase she’s ever given to me so no matter what the circumstances just do it!

C: I guess it would be my dad’s advice to run cross country. My dad would have to drag me to practice but now here I am and I’m really glad he was so persistent.


Where do you draw your inspiration from?

M: I think people who have faced a lot of adversity, especially runners. I think  my teammates mostly like Elena and other girls on our team who are working really hard. They are people who you can really be inspired from and draw attainable goals from.

C: I’d say in highschool I was really inspired by college runners but now that I am here, its the team I’m on.
Biggest accomplishment:

M: I was Valedictorian of my high school class and getting into this school and running Division 1 for this school !

C: I won scholar athlete in high school which was the best of both worlds.
How do you set your goals

M: I think it’s important to set goals that are reachable so I set big goals but focus on day to day goals and that way I can focus.

C: I would say exactly what she said, but remind yourself everyday of your long term goal and that every little thing you do builds up to this long term goal.

Thanks again to McCall and Carolyn for taking the time to interview with us and we hope that you had a successful season! Make sure to support our cross country team next year and come out to one of their home events!



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PREVIEW: Game 8 W&M vs. Richmond Wed, 04 Dec 2013 03:26:40 +0000 Bill McDonald The Opponent: Richmond Spiders 6-2, Atlantic 10 Conference

The Coach: Chris Mooney (Eighth season at UR, 153-122, 171-132 overall, Last season 19-15, 8-8 A-10). Eight years ago Mooney led the Air Force Academy to a 18-12 season, the second best in AF history… Mooney is the 13th head coach in Richmond men’s basketball history.

The Series: This will be the 199th meeting between William and Mary and Richmond … Each school is the other’s most often played opponent … The Spiders lead the close series, 101-97 after an 86-78 Richmond win last season at the Robins Center. The Spiders have won the last three meetings, including the last game in the Kap, 92-61, two seasons ago… the Tribe holds a 55-31 cushion in Williamsburg, but are only 34-64 versus the Spiders in Richmond… and 3-4 in neutral sites … The first ever meeting between the two schools goes back to Feb. 18, 1914 a W&M win.

The Skinny: The Spiders play a variation of the Princeton motion offense, as does the Tribe. Richmond continues to play the Matchup Zone as their key defense, while the Tribe, in recent years, has gone back to man to man, with the Matchup and 2-3 zone mixed in. They have more inside strength this season with the improvement of Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and Terry Allen, however they have not shot the three as well this season.
The Spiders are 41-6 in their last 47 non-conference games. Richmond has beaten Delaware, Hofstra and JMU, from the CAA, so far this season.

The Key Players:

G 2- Cedric Lindsey (6-0, 175, Sr.) 17.8 2.5 4.4 apg,
has scored in double figures in 7 of the 8 games so far. Scored his 1000 career point vs Fairfield.
F 34-Derrick Williams (6-6, 225, Sr.) 5.9 4.6
10 pts, 9 rebs, 3 blocks vs. JMU
F 5-Terry Allen (6-8, 220, R-So.) 11.4 7.3 rpg
has 16 offensive Rebounds this season
C 33-Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (6-9, 210, R-So.) 7.6 6.3
has 78 blocks in his short career
F 4 -Wayne Sparrow (6-3, 175, Jr.) 4.8 2.8 rpg
has 6 steals on the season

6th Man -
G 0-Kendall Anthony (5-8, 140, Jr.) 10.3 1.3
scored 12 three pointers in the two games vs Air Force and Fairfield (7 & 5).

Tribe Disa & Data:

• Senior C Tim Rusthoven averaged 20.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg and 3.5 apg last week, including career-highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds against VMI. He shot 68.2% from the floor.

• Junior G Marcus Thornton hit 6-of-12 treys and averaged 12.5 ppg last week. Thornton has now scored double figures in 39 consecutive games.

• FR. F Omar Prewitt drained 5-of-7 threes and netted a career-high 22 points against VMI and then topped it with 24 points at Howard. He’s the first Tribe freshman since 2005 to post back-to-back 20-point games. He has won CAA Rookie of the Week the last three weeks.

• Senior F Kyle Gaillard scored a season-high 16 points with four assists vs. Howard.

• W&M shot 45.9% from the floor and hit 12-of-27 threes against VMI and shot 52% and made 11-of-24 threes at Howard. The Tribe is second in the CAA in scoring at 76.7 ppg.

The Broadcast: This game has a 7 PM tip. The Countdown to Tipoff begins at 6:30 PM on our affiliates 92.3 FM and 107.9 FM and on the internet at Tune in early to hear Tony’s thoughts on the game and our analysis of the Spiders. There is TV coverage of this game on TribeTV.

Final Thoughts: The Spiders have limited their last three opponents to 60 or less points as young teams struggled against their signature Matchup Zone. The Tribe will need to use their quickness to get inside the zone and attack or dish off for open shots. Having Marcus and Omar hot would be a great help on offense. Tribe defense will have to keep Cedric Lindsey at bay and keep a strong inside game off the offensive boards.

Let’s get win #5.

Go Tribe!!


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Tribe Football comes to a close after Missing FCS Playoffs by two spots Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:30:55 +0000 Dean Barker After the Tribe lost 31-20 to Richmond Saturday night, it was almost certain that the consequence would be missing this year’s FCS Playoffs. Only nobody thought that they would miss by so little.

Sunday afternoon, FCS football announced this year’s playoff bracket, and the Tribe just missed making the bracket by two spots, behind Princeton and South Carolina State. This is the third consecutive season that the Tribe has been left out of the NCAA Playoffs.

Despite narrowly missing the playoffs, there are still plenty of positive things that happened this season. The Tribe finished with an overall record of 7-5, which is the 18th best record in school history, and an improvement of five games from last year’s 2-9 squad, which is a tie for the second best turnaround in school history. It was also the first time the Tribe finished with a winning record in three years. W&M defeated the Lafayette Leopards 34-6, who would go on to win the Patriot League, and are now ranked #16. From October 26th to November 9th, the Tribe defeated three teams who were at least ranked at the time; the Tribe defeated then-ranked #16 JMU on October 26th 17-7; on November 2nd, the Tribe shut out then-ranked #16 New Hampshire 17-0, who is #15 now, and will be playing #16 Lafayette on Saturday; and on November 9th, the Tribe upset then-ranked #21 Delaware 24-10, in which the Tribe held the Blue Hens to a miraculous -19 yards rushing.

The Tribe’s offense averaged 318.9 yards per game, and scored 21 points per game. The defense finished the season allowing 305.5 yards per game, which ranks among the best in the country, and allowed only 14 points per game.

The Tribe finished fourth in the CAA with a league record of 4-4, which mark the highest finish and first .500 record in three years.



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