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ECAC Player of the Week; Coach zeros in on 500th win

By John Bottar  |  Contact John Bottar
Posted December 15, 1998
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Senior Michael Schantz (Sharon, MA/Sharon) earned his second consecutive Player of the Week honor from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for his part in leading the Hamilton Continentals men's basketball team to a 5-0 start.

Schantz leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, pouring in 25.8 points per game and grabbing 17.6 boards per contest. He has recorded five consecutive double-doubles for scoring and rebounding in each of the Continentals' first five games.

Hamilton has concluded the first portion of its season and will resume play after the holiday break on January 12 with only its second road game of the season at Skidmore.

Head Coach Tom Murphy needs only three more wins to reach the 500 career-win plateau. If the Continentals continue their unbeaten streak, Murphy would garner his 500th win in front of a home crowd on January 16 versus Union College.

Murphy, a 1960 graduate of Springfield College, hasn't had a losing season at Hamilton since the 1973-74 campaign (his fourth year as head coach) in which the Continentals posted a 6-17 record. He posted his best season record in 1990-91 with a 26-1 mark, with the only loss coming in the ECAC Upstate New York championship game to Potsdam by the score of 85-80.

THE MURPHY FILE:

•492 wins through 28 years (plus five this season)

•10 ECAC Upstate NY Titles

•Four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances

•New York State Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (August 1998)

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