RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College men's basketball team opens its 2016-17 season at the Greg Richards Memorial Classic hosted by Allegheny College this weekend.
The Classic: Earlham will face D'Youville College at 3 p.m. on Friday followed by the host Allegheny at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Teams: Earlham, D'Youville, and Allegheny. The Quakers finished last season with a 2-23 record including a 1-17 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) competition. The Spartans are 0-1 on the season after falling to RIT 97-82. The Gators are 1-0 this year after a 63-59 win over Grove City on Tuesday.
The Coaches: Earlham is under the direction of third-year head coach Jason Polykoff. An alumnus of Haverford College, Polykoff came to Earlham from Penn, where he served as an assistant coach. He also won four state championships at Friends' Central High School in Wynnewood, Pa. Earl Schunk enters his sixth season as head men's basketball coach at D'Youville while Bob Simmons is in his second season leading the Gators.
The Players: Earlham returns two of its top three scorers from last season. Junior Elijah Wilson-Thomas averaged 11.4 points per game as a sophomore while sophomore Darrell Hutchison scored 10.5 points per game as a freshman. A trio of sophomores, Isaiah Waire, Alex Topalovic, and Chainey Zolman, all averaged over six points per game a season ago. Jeremy VanDuluitgaarden leads D'Youville in points (17.0) and rebounds (5.0) per game through one contest this season while Jordan Rawls and Evan Zabriski combined for 34 points in the Gators' season-opening win.
Season-Openers: Earlham has not won a season-opener since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010-11 season.
Inside Earlham Men's Basketball: This week's edition of Inside Earlham Men's Basketball with RadioTroy can be found HERE.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of both contests will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham travels to Kenyon College for a non-conference contest with the Lords on Tuesday.