PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - The SUNYIT Wildcats beat Plattsburgh State 71-65 in the first round of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament on Friday night. Diloo Brown led the way with 31 points while Holland Patent grad Dave Golembiowski chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Next up for the Wildcats is Medaille college on Saturday at 7pm.
For the second consecutive season, SUNYIT men’s basketball Head Coach Kevin Grimmer was named the NEAC Coach of the Year and junior David Golembiowski (Barneveld, NY/Holland Patent) was named the Player of the Year, while Golembiowski joined senior Diloo Brown (Harlem, NY/Technical Career Institute) on the NEAC All-Conference First Team for the second straight season.
Grimmer earned his second straight Coach of the Year honor for leading the Wildcats to a program-best record of 24-4 overall and a second straight NEAC conference championship, which earned the team an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament for a second consecutive year. Grimmer also earned his 150th career victory earlier this season and currently has 169 wins under his belt.
Golembiowski, a D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American, earned his second consecutive Player of the Year honor and spot on the All-Conference First Team after an outstanding season in which he led both the team and the NEAC in points (21.6) and blocks (3.0) per game, while being second in the conference and first on the team in rebounds per game (10.2). The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter also led the team in both field goal percentage (.523) and free throw percentage (.798) and was second on the team in three-pointers made with 68. Golembiowski, whose blocks-per-game average currently places him seventh in the nation in that category, recorded a program-record nine blocks in one game during a 73-63 victory over Keuka College on February 7. He also became SUNYIT’s all-time leader in both blocks and rebounds this season, while netting his 1,500th career point, where he currently stands second all-time. Additionally, Golembiowski won two NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week awards this season and scored a game-high 33 points in the NEAC Championship victory over Wells College to help the Wildcats win their second straight conference title.
Golembiowski was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Diloo Brown, who earned his spot for the second straight year after another sensational season for SUNYIT. Brown led both the NEAC and the Wildcats in assists per game (5.2), steals per game (2.2) and three-pointers made (77), while also averaging 17 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest, which were both second best on the team. The 6-foot guard, who earned a NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week award and was a D3Hoops.com Team of the Week selection, was named the NEAC Tournament Most Valuable Player for the second straight year after registering three-game averages of 18.3 points, 10 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 1 block per contest. Brown also scored his 1,000th career point this season, placing him fifth in program history in that category, while being third all-time in both career free throws made and attempted, fourth in assists and fifth in three-pointers made.