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Ottenbein Men at Ceremony

Ottenbein Men at Ceremony

Otterbein University Men, 2002 NCAA Division II National Champions

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Otterbein University Men, 2002 NCAA Division III National Champions

2002 Otterbein Men

2002 Otterbein Men

Pictured: (Team Left to Right – Front Row) Student Trainer Sarah Seymore, Tony Borghese, Micheaux Robinson, Kevin Shay, Jeff Gibbs, Joey Starling, Kyle Walton, Aaron Stupica, Student Trainer Jessican Main (Top Row – Standing Left to Right) Assistant Coach Jerry Tackett, Neil Hohman, Robert Mock, Scott Hadley, Phil Susi, Mo Ross, Matt Carpenter, Mike Fry, Manager Eric Evans, Head Coach Dick Reynolds

Otterbein put an appropriate ending to a superb 2001-2002 basketball season by winning the NCAA Division III men’s national championship. The Cardinals, who won both the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, rode the strong performances of seniors Jeff Gibbs and Kevin Shay to win five tournament games. Otterbein claimed the school’s first national title by defeating Carthage (Wisconsin), 70-66, in a semifinal and Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania), 102-83, in the championship game in Salem, Virginia. Gibbs, the NABC Division III Player of the Year, collected his 30th double-double of the season with 25 points and 25 rebounds in the final. Senior shooting guard Kevin Shaw scored 29 points. Gibbs averaged 27 points and 16.6 rebounds in the five games and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. It was Coach Dick Reynolds’ third trip to the Final Four.

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