Simon’s Basketball Team – We’re #2!

On February 19-20, the Simon School Basketball Team participated in the 22ndannual Georgetown Ultimate 4 Basketball Tournament in Washington, D.C., the largest and longest running MBA basketball tournament in the country.  Hosted by Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, the tournament benefits Horton’s Kids, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization that provides services to children such as tutoring, mentoring, enrichment, advocacy, and family support.  This year’s tournament raised $10,000 for Horton’s Kids.

Twenty-two teams from across the U.S. participated so I’m pleased to report that our Simon School team took the tournament by storm.  The team began its pool play on Saturday morning against Wharton (University of Pennsylvania).  The game was back and forth throughout the first half, but Seth Hauben ’11, Matt Gustafson (PhD candidate), and Dan Burgess ’10 were too much for Wharton to handle as the Simon team rolled to a double digit win.  Up next was the Katz (University of Pittsburgh), and Simon jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.  Katz did all they could to slow the Simon big men down, but Nate Kadar (Assistant Director, Student Services) and Amit Nagdev ’11 hit some big shots from the outside leading the team to another double-digit win.  The last game of pool play matched Simon up against Sloan (MIT), and again Simon came out fast with a balanced inside and outside game that left the Sloan team scratching their heads.  Brennan Mulcahey ’11, Kyle Stanbro ’11 and Mike Hartman ’10 helped lead the way with big shots from the outside and consistent stops on the defensive end.  Simon finished pool play with a 3 – 0 record, claiming the #3 seed and a spot in the quarterfinals!

Simon faced a tough Fuqua (Duke) team to kick-off the quarterfinals.  Fuqua tried to pick up the tempo early and use their quickness to their advantage, but Simon’s defensive pressure was too much for them to handle.  Seth Hauben came up huge on the offensive and defensive end, crucial 3 pointers by Kyle Stanbro and intense defense by Dan Burgess helped Simon advance to the final 4 to face Wharton.  Simon and Wharton traded baskets and defensive stops throughout the entire game, but Seth Hauben and Matt Gustafson once again were too much for Wharton to handle. Amit Nagdev’s incredible defensive hustle and Nate Kadar’s big 3 gave Simon the spark they needed late in the second half to send Wharton home and advance to the final game!

In the championship, Simon faced defending champion Booth (University of Chicago).  Booth brought the defensive pressure early, but Seth Hauben and Matt Gustafson kept the team in the mix giving Simon a 2 point lead at halftime.  In the second half, Booth continued their tough defensive pressure, leading to some crucial Simon turnovers and easy baskets for Booth.  The Simon team did all they could to withstand the pressure but could not get the defensive stops needed late in the second half and came up just short, losing 50 – 45.

Overall, we are extremely proud of our #2 ranked Simon Basketball Team and the unbelievable showing they had in Georgetown this past weekend.  Go Simon!

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