Bluffton College Beavers

Bluffton College Quick Facts Name: Bluffton College
Location: Bluffton, Ohio
Founded: Central Mennonite College, 1899
Enrollment: 1,015
Nickname: Beavers
School colors: Royal purple and white
Conference: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
President: Dr. Lee Snyder (Oregon '72)
Athletic director: Carlin Carpenter (Defiance '64)
Associate athletic director: Michele Durand (Bluffton '88)
Athletic trainer: Phill Talavinia (Anderson '85)
Sports information director: Tim Stried (Bluffton '98)
Athletic department secretaries: Rachel Schmersal, Elizabeth McDowell

Conference: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
1998-99 overall record: 5-19
Returning starters: 4
Returning letterwinners: 6
Head Coach: Guy Neal (11th year)
Alma Mater: Bowling Green '82
Assistant Coach: Kevin Brintnell
Alma Mater: Hope '96
Career record: 104-161
BC all-time record: 673-1005
First year of basketball: 1914-15
 Beavers aim for repeat of tourney championship Winning the first McDonald's of Bluffton Holiday Tournament last season, the Bluffton College men's squad is focused on repeating that feat in the 1999 tourney.

Off to a 5-4 start, BC posted wins over talented teams Greensboro and Denison and is 3-0 at home. They have shot over 50% from both 2-point and 3-point range in each contest.

Junior post player Jeremy Roberts has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week twice already this season. His latest award coming after a 27 point, five rebound performance in last Monday's 92-83 Bluffton victory over Earlham College in Founders Hall. He is averaging 20.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season after earning first team All-HCAC honors as a sophomore.

Bluffton's other inside presence is 6-5 power forward Ben Coole, who is averaging 13.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He hit for a career high 25 points at Defiance earlier this season. Wing Chad Cramer also is averaging double figures for Head Coach Guy Neal, as the 6-3 junior hits for 10.8 points per contest and has nailed a team-high 19 treys. He has scored 13 points in five of Bluffton's nine games.

Sophomore wing Rod Overmyer is BC's second leading bomber, having hit 18 three-pointers on his way to averaging 9.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Travis Elsass chips in 7.3 points per contest, and junior guard Chris Sheldon is also quite capable from the perimeter, having nailed three of three treys in the Earlham victory on his way to a 13 point performance. He also has a team-high 36 assists.

Bluffton is outscoring it's opponents by an average of over four points per game, but is giving up a league-high 75.3 points per contest. The Beavers are shooting well thus far in the 1999-2000 campaign and are ranked second in the HCAC in field goal shooting and free throw shooting and are ranked third in three-point shooting.

However, Bluffton will need to keep their opponents off the boards to reclaim the holiday tourney trophy. BC is getting outrebounded by over five caroms per game, ranked last in the HCAC. The Beavers assist-to-turnover ratio is second best in the HCAC, though, so taking care of the ball should lend itself to their advantage.