Earn Home Court for NCAA Round One
Swarthmore College’s men’s basketball team cut down the nets on its home court after winning its first-ever Centennial Conference championship last Saturday night at Tarble Pavilion. The Garnet, now 22-5 on the season, beat Dickinson College 68-64 in a tense, seesaw battle, going on a late 12-0 run to come back from an 11 point deficit midway through the second half. Swarthmore guard Cameron Wiley scored 28 points, following a 22 point performance in the previous night’s semifinal win over Ursinus. Wiley was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
With the tournament title, the Swarthmore men earned not only an automatic berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament, but also home court advantage for the first two rounds of the tournament this weekend. On Friday night, the Garnet face the Dolphins of the College of Staten Island, who are riding the crest of a 15-game win streak, while Christopher Newport and Morrisville State lock horns in the other regional game. Winners will battle for a spot in the national sweet sixteen on Saturday. The Garnet await news of their opponent and the location of their game.
Swimmers Triumph, Too
The college’s men’s swimming team also brought home a Centennial Conference Championship last weekend, scoring 720 points to best previously undefeated Gettysburg (600 points) and five other teams. This is also the first conference title for the men’s swimming program at Swarthmore. The 400 meter medley relay team — Jeff Tse, Alejandro Hernandez, Andrew Steele and Liam Fitzstevens — set a new meet record of 3:22.19.
Round of 64
Fri., March 3, 6 p.m.: Christopher Newport vs. Morrisville State
Fri., March 3, 8 p.m.: Swarthmore vs. Staten Island
Round of 32
Sat., March 4, 7 p.m.: Winners of Friday’s games.
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