Mount Union College
Name: Mount Union College
Location: Alliance, Ohio
Nickname: Purple Raiders
Mascot: MUCaw, the Purple Parrot
Colors: Purple and white
President: Dr. Harold M. Kolenbrander
Dean: Dr. Saundra Tracy
SID: Michael DeMatteis
Head Coach: Lee Hood, 8th year
Record at Mount Union: NA
Career record: NA
Assistant Coach: David Null
Assistant Coach: Terry Weigand
Home court: NA
All-time record: NA
First year of basketball: NA
Conference: Ohio Athletic Conference
1998-99 overall record: 10-16
1998-99 OAC record: 4-14, 9th
Returning starters: 2
Returning letterwinners: 6
Purple Raiders led by young talent
Without a senior on their 1999-2000 roster, the Mount Union College Purple Raiders have posted a 4-5 record so far on the efforts of a talented sophomore class. MUC started out the season 3-0, but dropped their next five before beating Pitt-Greensburg 69-64 last Monday.
The Raider's top four scorers are all of the second year variety, led by Kyle Schlabach, who started 18 games last season as a freshman and averaged 6.4 points per game. He leads a balanced scoring attack this season, averaging a team-best 12.3 points per game so far in 1999-2000, including 22 three pointers.
The other three sophomores include Ron Powers (11.8 ppg, 23 treys), Todd Richards (9.7 ppg, 8.0 rebounds per game) and Garett Gaydosh (8.0 ppg). Raider opponents must also contend with 6-8 junior center Josh Timmons, who is averaging 7.2 points per game and connecting on 54% of his field goals.
Richards has led Mount Union in rebounding every game this season, including a season-high 13 against Otterbein on December 11. He shared the top honor with Timmons in the Raider's season lid-lifter against Ohio Wesleyan with six caroms.
Powers was named to the All-Tournament team of the Mount Union Tip-off Tournament in November, while Schlabach was an All-Tournament selection at the Roanoke Tournament. Six different players have led MUC in scoring so far this season.
The Raiders rank ninth in the OAC in scoring offense and are seventh in scoring defense. They are also ninth in rebounding, but hit nearly six three pointers per game, good for fourth in the OAC.
Despite last season's record, Mount Union has been a strong OAC competitor in recent years. The Purple Raiders went 15-10 in 1997-98 and won the OAC in 1996-97, finishing 16-2 in the conference and 25-5 overall.