Men's Varsity Basketball


--- --- ---.--- ROW 1: Don Silveri (assn't coach), Jackie Barns, Bruce Sage, Dick Bihr (head coach). ROW 2: Joe Mulcahy (co-capt.), Randy Muldrew, David Hart, Pat Brady. Peter Rath, Paul Hojnacki, John Klossner (co-capt.), John Kimble, John Gruver, Terry Burch, Pat Clark, Matt Kearney, DerekSheppard (co-capt.), Andre Devers,

makers. Since the SUNYAC tournament was to be hosted by the West Division winner, the Bengals had an extra reward waiting for them as they continued defeating their foes . Terry Burch and Derek Sheppard both averaged 14 points per game to lead the Bengals in that departmen t . Jackie Barnes and David Hart had scored near the 10 ppg mark . Burch (10.5 rpg) and Sheppard (6.5 rpg) also lead in the rebounding statistics. But more than anyone individual, this team's performances were characterized by "solid contributions from any player who entered the game. There have been innumerable "heroes" but the end result has always been a fine team effort.

(67 -63) all were losers to the "good guys," It appears as though the Bengals have set their immediate sights on winning the SUNYAC West Division crown and, thus, hosting the championships. Sporting the best record in either division, the Bihr– coached basketeers defeated both Brockport State and SUNY Buffalo by 79-66 and 66-62. Prior to that, the travel-scarred Bengals had been defeated on the road by Division II Gannon University (93-76) and F.I.T. (81 -66 ). Their most successful victory against visiting Niagara (78- 6.9) set them up for the remaining f,ve contests on the 25 game slate, thre 7 of which were in the friendly confmes of Bengal gym. But it was the three confe tence games (at Geneseo, Oswego, and home against Fredonia) which loomed as season-

81). Against Division II foe Valdosta State in Georgia, the Orange and Black extended the hosts into overtime before bowing to Southern hospitality (78 -72). Florida International (Division II) had to pull out all the stops before finally nipping the visitors (83-79) . After five days of sun and fun in Florida, Bihr brought his rejuvenated squad back to New York for a weekend doubleheader in mid-state. Highly touted Division III foe Ithaca fell to the Bengals by a convincing 80-70 score but the travel seemed to catch up to the locals as they lost the next night to SUNYAC East opponent Cortland State (81-72). The next three teams on the schedule were destined to take the brunt of State's desire to play closer to home. SUNYAS West rivals Geneseo (98- 77), Fredonia (65-61), and Oswego

Coach Dick Bihr's boys, returned from a losing but successful southern trip over the Christmas holidays, have matured while winning five games of seven played against Division III opponents. Prior to the Christmas break, the Bengals defeated Brockport (58-52) and lost a heartbreaker in overtime at SUNY Buffalo (81 -80). Then came the toughest part of the schedule . The next four games were against Division I and Division II schools and all on the road. Local rival Canisius continued their dominance in this controversial series by annihilating the Bengals at the Aud (97-65). Early January found Bihr and his charges touring the South. The first stop was UNC Wilmington where they scared the daylights out of the Division I Seahawks before succumbing at the last second (84-

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