Philadelphia, PA- What a year 2010 was for the Philadelphia University men’s basketball team and Head Coach Herb Magee. The team advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1994-95 season, winning more games than any other PhilaU team in the past 16 years.
Coach Herb Magee’s 50th season at the University came and went in style, as he finished the year as the all-time winningest NCAA coach (regardless of division) in NCAA wins, surpassing Bobby Knight’s record of 903 wins on February 23rd, 2010 in a 76-65 win over Goldey-Beacom College. His all-time coaching record stands at 907-354.
The Rams won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) regular-season championship, but the #1 ‘South’ seed fell in the CACC Semifinals at Caldwell College to streaking #2 ‘North’ seed Felician College 90-77 in overtime.
The team earned a #4 seed in the NCAA East Regional Tournament, hosted by Stonehill College in Easton, MA and won the battle over #5 St. Anselm in the quarterfinal game 89-85. The Rams continued to roll in the semis, defeating #1 seed and host Stonehill 71-69 to make it to the championship contest. In the NCAA East Championship, the Rams fought hard but could not overcome #2 Bentley University, losing 81-69 to put an end to a great run.
The team was led by CACC 1st Team All-Conference selection senior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall), who was also named to the NCAA East All-Region Team, Daktronics All-East Region Team and played in the NCAA All-Star Game in Springfield, MA. Frederick averaged 18.9ppg/ 4.7 rpg on the season, leading the team in game scoring 20 of the 27 contests.
Other standout players included senior forward Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/ Solebury Prep) and freshman guard Jim Connolly (Harleysville, PA/ Souderton). Ingram, a CACC All-Conference 1st Team player, averaged 16.1 ppg/ 8.7 rpg on the season. He was also selected to the CACC All-Tournament Team, along with the Daktronics All-East Region Team for the third time in his career.
Connolly burst onto the PhilaU hoops scene in his first season, having a career-high night in the NCAA Quarterfinal gave vs. St. A’s where he led all scorers with 28 points (8-10 from the three-point line). The rookie did not play like one, leading the team in both three-point percentage (38%) and free-throw average (79%) on the year. For his post-season efforts, he was the only freshman named to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team.
The team also got solid contributions from senior guard Marcus Lemon (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) and senior forward Mike Yocum (Dresher, PA/ Episcopal Academy). Lemon averaged 8.3 ppg/ 4.1 rpg, while Yocum put up 8.1 ppg/6.1 rpg. Yocum also notched a team-high 59 blocks.