The University of Cincinnati Clermont College’s men’s basketball team earned third place in the national tournament of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Tournament.
The Cougars overcame early season inexperience to qualify for the national championship tournament once again.
The USCAA championship finale took place at Southern Maine University, Portland.
The Red and Black compiled an overall record of 25-14 and was 16-2 in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference (ORCC) with a 16-2 standard. The Clermonters finished second in the ORCC only behind Miami University-Middletown. The Cougars were 6-12 during the first half of the season before achieving their extremely powerful finish.
The Red and Black got it in gear after getting beaten around by some teams in the first half of the campaign.
"We really came on in the second half of the season. We made a big turn around," Hurley said.
He credits much of the team's success to the outstanding performance of Stefan Dunn, senior guard, who concluded his stellar four-year career by scoring more than 2,275 points.
"Stefan had an outstanding year. He's really been important to our program. He was a big part of it. He is tremendously improved since his freshman year," said Hurley.
Dunn earned first team USCAA All-American and was the most valuable player of the USCAA. This season, he averaged 21.5 points per game, 4.5 assists per contest, and was accurate on more than 90% of his free throw attempts.
Junior forward Seth Steele was another main force for Clermont. He averaged 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
"Seth is a really strong leader, an inspirational leader. He motivated the other players," said Hurley.
Jahleal Jarmon, a freshman forward, also averaged scoring in double digits at 11.1. Sean Yates, a freshman forward, averaged 8.6 rebounds and Travis Donald, a freshman forward, averaged 7.8 rebounds per battle. Derius Hemphill, a freshman guard, averaged four assists. Their coach singled out Adam Crews, a freshman guard, and Steele as the defensive standouts
There is some uncertainty about the future success of the program.
Said Hurley, "The prospect of playing in the NCAA Division III is on hold right now. All of the paper work is done, we have to wait and see. We've been invited by a couple of conferences to join them like the KIAC (Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)."
The Cougars' roster consists of the following: Stefan Dunn (5-11 senior guard), from Independence, Ky.; Derius Hemphill (5-9 freshman guard), a graduate of Hughes Center High School; Rex Woodward (5-8 freshman guard, a graduate of Ripley High School; Don Porter (6-2 sophomore forward), a graduate of Campbell Co, Ky., High School; Kenton Estill (6-2 sophomore forward), a graduate of Taft High School; Jahleal Jarmon (6-3 freshman forward), a graduate of Hughes Center High School; Seth Steele (6-1 junior guard-forward), a graduate of Hughes Center High School; Sean Yates (6-3 freshman forward), a graduate of Princeton High School; Jeff Kinney (6-2 junior guard), a graduate of Deer Park High School; Ronald Smith (6-7 freshman center), a graduate of Woodward High School; Tony Eubanks (6-4 sophomore forward), a graduate of Northwest High School; Chris O'Donnel (6-8 freshman center), a graduate of Fayetteville High School,;Jeff Hicks, 6-0 freshman guard), a graduate of Withrow High School; Travis Donald (6-4 freshman forward), a graduate of Taft High School; and Adams Crews (6-2 freshman guard), a graduate of Connor, Ky., High School.
Hurley's assistant coaches are Jason Moberly and Anthony Robertson and Peggy Hager, an associate professor of mathematics at UC Clermont, is the academic advisor.
The following are the results of the Cougars' games:
Ohio State University Newark 77-71, University of Akron Wayne 92-45, Miami University Hamilton 92-76, Northern Kentucky University 68-82, Christian Brothers 60-95, Goshen (Ind,) University 62-78, Anderson (Ind.) University 68-70, Miami University Middletown 73-70, Ohio University Lancaster 92-81, Spalding University 78-66, Northern Kentucky University 66-51, Centre (Ky.) College 86-69, Ohio University Zanesville 82-61, Ohio University Eastern 68-60, Spalding University 66-76, Ohio State University Lima 74-69, Berea (Ky.) College 65-77, Adrian (Ind.) College 65-71, Ohio University Eastern 82-64, Ohio University Lancaster 89-71, Ohio State University Marion 81-71, Wright State University Lake 85-59, Ohio State University Newark 101-60, Cumberland (Ky.) College 71-93, University of Akron Wayne 110-60, Wright State University Lake 118-60, Miami University Hamilton 92-84, Ohio University Chillicothe 89-80, Miami University Middletown 81-66, Ohio University Chillicothe 90-61, Ohio University Zanesville 102-58, Ohio State University Marion 102-75, and Ohio State University Lima 79-72.
Ohio Regional Campus Conference Tournament
University of Akron Wayne 90-59, Ohio University Eastern 80-71, and Miami University Hamilton 92-84.
United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament
Penn State University New Kensington 72-68, Williamson College 54-57, and Southern Maine University 109-98.