Wittenberg Tigers continued their dominance as one of the most prolific
Division III menís basketball programs on the planet with still another
perfect 16-0 run through the NCAC. The Tigers finished with an
impressive 24-5 record overall and a number five ranking in the nation
thanks to an incredible 20 game winning streak after starting the season
with a 4-5 mark. With conference wins over rivals Wooster (26-4), Ohio
Wesleyan (19-7) and Ohio Northern (19-8) the Tigers
proved they have the
most successful program in
Tigers remain untouchable in D-III
with 1,482 wins overall, and have a
record of 56-28 in NCAA D-III
Tournament action between 1959-74. They won
the national title in the old
College Division in 1961.
Tigers under head
coach Bill Brown have a combined record
of 250-62 since taking over
at the start of the 1993-94 season.
During that time coach Brown has led his Tigers to six North Coast
Athletic Conference championships and three NCAC titles and seven NCAA D-III
tournament appearances. In Brownís first year with
the Tigers finished the regular season with a 30-2 record overall and
their first ever unbeaten season going 24-0 and finishing third in the
Tigers returned to the dance at the end of the 1995-96 season after
winning the NCAC regular season with a 26-5 record.
They lost the sectional championship game against Hope
led the Tigers to three of the last four NCAC regular season titles
second perfect conference record last season
Tigers open the 2004-05 season against the Whittier Poets (CA.) (17-8)
on November 19th at the Washington University Tip-off
one of their most potent offensive threats when they said good-bye to senior forward Peter Walker at the end of last season.
Walker started all 29 games for the Tigers in 2003-04 leading the way
with 14.2 ppg
game and finishing second overall with 6.3 rebounds. Walker also
finished his senior campaign with 44 assists, 18 steals, and 15 blocked
shots. Walker added his name to the record books by scoring over 1,000
points as a Tiger.
also bid a fond farewell to senior guard Rod Emmons who had a
disappointing season offensively ranking fifth in scoring for the Tigers
with 8.0 ppg after ranking among the best in the nation in three-point
accuracy as a sophomore. Emmons made up for his lack of offense by
leading the team with 24 steals and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Tigers return a veteran core of players who have seen action in at least
18 games last season with at least 8 minutes per contest.
Senior Brett Bowen, 6-0 returns to action
after missing the entire 2003-04 season with a broken foot suffered
early in the preseason. Before being sidelined for his junior season
Brett averaged 2.4 ppg while grabbing 1.3 boards per contest.
suffering a broken hand during a preseason game junior guard Danny
Brywczynski (6-0) proceeded to break the school record for three-point
shooting percentage (.492) and leading the team in assists
with 46 in just his second year as a
look to continue their assault on the record books this year with
returning seniors Kenny Molz (5-10), Brywczynski, and Andy
Bucheit (6-3). Molz ended the season behind Brywczynski in assists with
41 ALONG with 20 steals and Andy Bucheit led the team in three-pointers
The junior corps is made up of Kenny Brady (6-5) and Daniel Russ (6-9)
both of which had break-out seasons as sophomores.
named second-team all-conference choices in their first year as starters
for the Tigers. Dane Borchers (6-7) forward came on strong after missing
his freshman season with a back injury. He came off the bench last season to score 5.8 points and grab
3.8 rebounds in just over 13 minutes per game.
The sophomore guard tandem
of Billy Bowen
3.1 ppg and
percent from beyond the arc. Point guard Pat Denbow (6-0) added 26
points in 20 games coming off the bench.
Forwards Mark Huelsman (6-5) and Jack
Hemenway (6-5) played key roles for the Tigers in limited action for the