Anderson, Indiana

AU hosts conference tournament this weekend, games to be Webcast live

Wed, 2010-02-24 07:28 -- univcomm
February 24, 2010

For the first time in school history, the Anderson University men’s basketball team will host the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament.

The top-seeded Ravens (21-4, 13-3 HCAC) will play No. 4 seed Manchester College (17-9, 10-6 HCAC) in the second semifinal game on Friday night at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. The game will be streamed live on the Live Sports Video Web site as well as on Stretch Internet and WQME 98.7 FM at 8 p.m. EST.

“We’re extremely excited to host the conference tournament and are expecting a large turnout and a great atmosphere this weekend at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium,” said AU coach Tom Slyder. “We’re very excited to be at this point in the season, where we can host our conference opponents. It is something every team wants to do and we have put ourselves in this position.”

No. 2 seed Hanover College (15-9, 12-4 HCAC) will play No. 3 seed Defiance College (21-5, 11-5 HCAC) in the first semifinal game on Friday night at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

The championship game is set for Saturday night in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Live stats will also be posted from all HCAC Tournament games this weekend.

All tournament games will be Webcast live on the Live Sports Video Web site. AU Web site visitors may also access the live video stream via the Athletics page.

[Photo: AU Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Slyder cuts the net after his team captured the conference title.]

The 23rd-ranked Ravens clinched their first conference title since 1981-82 and will be looking to capture their first-ever conference tournament championship and their first trip to the NCAA national tournament.

AU won a school-record 14 consecutive games during the season and was ranked as high as 10th in the Top 25 poll. All five starters average double figures for the Ravens, led by sophomore Brock Morrison at 15.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Junior Ty Riddle is second in scoring (14.5 ppg) and leads the HCAC with 77 3-pointers made. He needs four 3-pointers to tie Brent Ross’ 20-year-old single season record of 81 made.

Sophomore Andrew Jones is third in scoring (13.6 ppg) followed by junior Gabe Miller (11.8 ppg) and sophomore Andrew Bowman (11.7 ppg).

“This is a great accomplishment for the players, Coach Slyder, and his coaching staff,” said Athletic Director Marcie Taylor. “This season they've generated a buzz and a new level of excitement on campus amongst the student body. The game day atmosphere over the past month has been high energy and I would expect the tournament to be even more so.”

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.