RICHMOND, Ind. - The Indiana University East men's basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with a 89-53 home victory against Miami University Hamilton on Oct. 25 on Lingle Court.
Lucas Huffman scored 18 points in his first game back in action since sustaining a knee injury last November. Keating Rombach scored 15 points in his Red Wolf debut. Datrion Harper had a team-high eight assists and four steals to go along with nine points.
* IU East went on a 7-0 run in the last 32 seconds of the first half - including a Lucas Huffman 3-pointer at the buzzer - to take a 39-29 into the locker room.
* After Miami Hamilton hit a 3-pointer to start the second half, the Red Wolves went on a 19-2 run to go ahead 58-34. IU East led by at least 22 points the rest of the way.
* IU East is now 7-4 in season openers since joining the NAIA.
* IU East had a 25-3 advantage in points off turnovers and a 46-12 advantage in points in the paint.
* IU East had a 42-21 advantage in points off of the bench, including 12 from Jaylen McKay.
* Braden Burnside scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half for Miami Hamilton.
"It's been a while since I've been out there, and it was good to be back. My teammates got me open, so I didn't have to do much tonight. We've got a really good team this year, and I'm really excited to play with them." - Lucas Huffman
IU East visits Saint Xavier University on Oct. 28. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. IU East time.
FLORENCE, Ky. – Indiana University East women's basketball head coach Tiffani Selhorst has earned the 2016-17 River States Conference Coach of Character Award.
Selhorst, the Red Wolves' coach the last three years, was chosen after voting from the conference's athletic directors.
The RSC Coach of Character Award is patterned after the NAIA award of the same name and is given annually to a head coach who has been outstanding in embracing the five core values of the NAIA's Champions of Character initiative, using methods of teaching character through sport and in community leadership through volunteering or service.
The five core values of Champions of Character are respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. It is the second year that the conference has named a winner of this award, with former Asbury softball head coach Samantha DeMartine winning in 2015-16.
"Coach Selhorst is a positive example to so many students here at IU East," said IU East women's basketball assistant coach Darryce Moore. "She is a mentor to many students, and many of them are not necessarily basketball players or student athletes. She doesn't do it for praise. She does it because she wants to make a meaningful impact on students’ lives."
A native of Ottawa, Ohio, Selhorst has brought IU East women's basketball to the top of the conference and into a national contender in NAIA Division II. The Red Wolves were 29-6 as RSC Tournament champions and NAIA Division II National Championship Sweet 16 qualifiers last season. IU East ended the year ranked No. 15 in the final NAIA DII Top 25 Poll. It was the second straight year in the national tourney for the Red Wolves.
Off the court, Selhorst has upheld a high standard of academics for her team. Red Wolves women's basketball had the highest team grade-point average of any team in the conference for any sport in 2015-16. The team had five of its members earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete status as juniors or seniors with 3.50+ GPAs.
"Coach Selhorst is very deserving of this award!" said IU East women's basketball assistant coach Alexa Bess. "She has been an example of devotion, loyalty and honesty to her athletes, staff, co-workers and Indiana University East as a whole since she started the program in 2014. She is a great example and role model for all athletes on our campus to look up to.
"She is setting the example to our girls and teaching them to be great female leaders in the world when they leave Indiana University East."
Selhorst is the Senior Women's Administrator at IU East and the advisor for the Red Wolves' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a program she created in 2015-16. IU East women's basketball had its first-ever year of competition in 2014-15. Selhorst was named in 2017 a Wayne County Young Professionals "Top 10 Honoree".
RICHMOND, Ind. - Sage Henderson put the NAIA's Five Core Values into practice in his pioneering efforts with the Indiana University East Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Henderson, who recently completed his junior season in the IU East track and field program, received the Red Wolf athletic department Champions of Character award for the 2016-17 school year.
The IU East Champions of Character award is given annually to the student-athlete that best exemplifies the five core Champions of Character traits: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. The award was presented to Henderson at the end-of-year SAAC awards ceremony this past spring.
Henderson served as SAAC president during the organization's first two years, assuming a leadership role in laying the foundation and establishing traditions for the new group.
"I have worked with Sage the last two years building our first Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He is very dedicated in all he does both for the committee, his class work, and on the track," said IU East women's basketball coach and SAAC adviser Tiffani Selhorst. "There was no question in my mind when we needed to find our Champion of Character athlete for this year. Sage exemplifies all of the values that a true champion of character has, and I'm looking forward to seeing what is in Sage's future."
The purpose and mission of the IU East SAAC is to serve as a voice for all student-athletes and an opportunity for the student-athlete population to more effectively communicate with the IU East Athletic Department administration. As a recognized organization of Indiana University East, SAAC educates the student body by offering activities and events to the general university community.
Henderson was part of IU East's 4x800 meter relay team that set the program's indoor school record this past winter. He also ran a leg on 4x800 meter relay that finished third at River States Conference meet. Henderson represented IU East on the conference's men's track and field Champions of Character team.
This is the first in a series of articles profiling IU East's 2016-17 award winners.