2009-10 Clark University Men's Basketball News

April 16, 2010
Minister Selected To Participate In NEBCA All-Star Game
Clark University senior sharpshooter Jack Minister (Manchester, England) has been selected to participate in the New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) Division III Senior All-Star Game this Sunday, April 18 at Babson College it has been announced. Minister appeared in 29 games this past season helping the Cougars advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing third on the team in scoring (8.4) and was first on the team in three-pointers made (52). In addition to Minister, Clark assistant coaches John Ginnity and Patrick Oroszko will serve as the coaches for the Home team.

March 18, 2010
Alexander Named Third-Team All-Region By D3Hoops.com
Senior Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) picked up yet another postseason honor on earlier this week when he was named to the D3hoops.com third-team all region squad it was announced. Alexander, one of only two four-time all-NEWMAC selections in conference history, had a standout senior campaign, finishing his career with 1,643 points, good for fifth on the school's all-time list.

March 6, 2010
Cougars' Run Ends In Second Round
Midnight came for Clark University's Cinderella run. Randolph-Macon used a game-sealing 14-4 run that turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point advantage helping the Yellow Jackets end Clark's magical run with a 70-60 win over the Cougars in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday evening at Albright College's George C. Bollman Center. The Cougars' season ends at 17-13, following an improbable run to the NCAA Tournament that began with a three wins in the NEWMAC Tournament that led to the conference tournament title and the automatic bid into the field of 61.

March 5, 2010
Cougar Madness: Clark Stuns Albright, 69-67 Behind Vayda's Double-Double
Buoyed by a monster performance from sophomore Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.), who converted a key three-point play in the final 30 seconds, visiting Clark stunned a packed house of 1,313 fans with a miraculous, 69-67, come-from-behind win over host Albright in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament Friday evening at the Bollman Center.

March 2, 2010
Dynamic Duo - Alexander, Vayda Named First Team All-NEWMAC
After leading Clark to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003, Cougars Mark Alexander and Brian Vayda were both named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference first-team it was announced by the conference office following a vote of the league's eight head coaches. The first-team nod for Alexander gives him four all-conference selections in his career, making him just the second men's player in NEWMAC history to complete the career sweep. Former Clark standout David McNamara is the other four-time, all-conference honoree.

March 1, 2010
Tourney Time - Cougars To Face Albright In NCAA First Round
Fresh off of the fourth NEWMAC Tournament Championship in school history, upstart Clark will face Albright University out of the Commonwealth Conference in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship on Friday evening, March 5 it was announced today by the NCAA. Game time is tentatively slated for 8:00 p.m. The Cougars, who earned the NEWMAC's automatic bid into the tournament following three straight upsets of conference foes, including top-ranked MIT, make the program's 16th all-time appearance.

February 28, 2010
The Slipper Fits! Cougars Headed Back To NCAA Tournament
Senior Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) poured in a game-high, 21 points, including five-of-eight free throws down the stretch, to help lift fifth-seeded Clark to its fourth New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship. The Cougars downed the number three seed, WPI, 74-68, on Sunday afternoon, to secure an automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. Head Coach Paul Phillips has been on the sideline for all four of Clark's NEWMAC Championships, the last of which came in 2003. The Cougars will find out their opponent during tomorrow's NCAA Selection show, to be broadcast live at NCAA.com.

February 27, 2010
Giant Killers - Cougars Knock Off Top Seeded MIT
Four players finished in double figures for Clark, as the fifth-seeded Cougars knocked off top seed MIT, 71-59 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball semifinal on Saturday afternoon. The NEWMAC Championship will be played at MIT on Sunday, February 28 at 12:00 p.m. with Clark taking on third seed, WPI.

February 24, 2010
Cougars Advance To NEWMAC Semifinals
The fifth-seeded Clark University men's basketball team held off number-four Wheaton College's comeback on Wednesday in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament quarterfinal, picking up a 58-55 victory in Emerson Gymnasium. The Lyons finish their season at 10-15, as each of the teams' past 11 meetings has been decided by eight points or less. Now 14-12, the Cougars advance to their first semifinal since 2005, as they will face top seed and host Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is ranked 13th nationally. Game time on Saturday is set for 1:00 p.m.

February 20, 2010
Vayda's Career-High Not Enough In 75-73 Loss
Kyle Nadeau's eight-foot leaner with 1.5 seconds remaining gave host WPI a dramatic 75-73 victory over cross-town rival Clark Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale for both squads. With the win, WPI (18-6 overall, 7-5 NEWMAC) earns the third seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Coast Guard in a quarterfinal on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Clark (13-12, 4-8) is the fifth seed and will travel to fourth-seeded Wheaton on Wednesday at a time to be announced. Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) led all players with a career-best 30 points for Clark.

February 17, 2010
Beavers Get Best Of Cougars, 65-57
Visiting Babson College opened the second half on a 10-2 run to turn a even game at halftime into an eight-point lead en route to a 65-57 win in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Kneller Athletic Center. The Beavers wrap up their conference slate with a 3-9 ledger and a 10-14 overall mark with Saturday's non-league tilt against Framingham State still on their regular season docket. The Cougars, meanwhile slip to 13-11 overall and miss a golden opportunity to improve their postseason positioning following losses by both league leader MIT and crosstown rival WPI.

February 15, 2010
Alexander Snags Weekly NEWMAC Honor
Senior forward Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) has been named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball player of the week for the second time this season and the third time in his career it was announced by the conference office on Monday. Alexander averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 rebounds on 60 percent shooting in a 1-1 week for the Cougars, who went against the NEWMAC's top two teams.

February 13, 2010
Senior Salute - Cougars Go Out In Style With 71-54 Win
Powered by the second game of at least 30 points this season from senior forward Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.), Clark raced past visiting Springfield College, 71-54, snapping the Pride's five-game winning streak on Saturday afternoon at the Kneller Athletic Center in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action. With the win, the Cougars improve to 13-10 overall and 4-6 in league action, while the Pride slip to 12-11 and 7-3 in NEWMAC play. More importantly, Clark kept pace with the other team vying to host a NEWMAC Quarterfinal game on Wednesday, February 24. The Cougars are locked in a tie for fourth with Wheaton - a team Clark split their season series with.

February 11, 2010
Second Half Struggles Sends Cougars To 59-52 Loss To No. 11 MIT
Powered by a strong second half showing and a double-double from sophomore Noel Hollingsworth, host No. 11 MIT pulled away from visiting Clark and secured a 59-52 come-from-behind win at Rockwell Cage on Thursday evening. With the win, the Engineers improve to 20-2 overall and 8-1 in the NEWMAC, while the Cougars slip to 12-10 and 3-6 in league action. Hollingsworth scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second half on 5-for-5 shooting, helping MIT erase a six-point halftime deficit with 57 percent accuracy.

February 6, 2010
Cougars Right Ship At Coast Guard
Sophomore Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) led all scorers with 22 points while senior Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds leading Clark to a 67-50 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game. Clark returns to the hardwood on Wednesday with a key road matchup at MIT beginning at 8:00 p.m.

February 3, 2010
Cougars Let One Get Away At Home
Sparked by a second-half scoring outburst from junior Anthony Coppola (Watertown, Mass.), visiting Wheaton College erased a 15-point first half deficit and grabbed a key 74-69 win over host Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Kneller Athletic Center. Coppola scored 16 of his team-high total in the second half, helping Wheaton outscore the Cougars 44-27 in the final 20 minutes. Wheaton returns to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit WPI at 1:00 p.m., while Clark looks to get back in the win column with a 3:00 p.m. Saturday tilt at Coast Guard.

January 27, 2010
Cougars Rally Done In During Final Seconds
Billy Harkins banked in an 18-footer as the shot clock expired with nine seconds remaining in the game to lift the Springfield College men's basketball team to a thrilling 64-61 win over Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday evening. With the victory, Springfield improves to 8-10 overall, 4-2 in league action, while the Cougars drop to 11-8 overall, 2-4 in the conference. The Pride will return to action on Saturday afternoon when it travels to take on rival Wheaton, while the Cougars are idle until next Wednesday when they host Wheaton.

January 23, 2010
Phillips Gets Win No. 350 With 64-55 Decision
Visiting Clark University used an 11-0 run in the closing minutes of the second half to secure a 64-55 victory over host Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball matchup at Staake Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Cougars improve to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while the Beavers fall to 8-9 overall and 1-4 in league play. The victory also gives Clark head coach Paul Phillips his 350th career win and the 11th win of the season is already more than the Cougars had all of last season.

January 19, 2010
Cougars Can't Keep Up With WPI, 67-57
WPI had four players reach double figures and held host Clark to 36 percent shooting en route to a 67-57 win over the archrival Cougars before 1,213 fans at the Kneller Athletic Center in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball on Tuesday evening. The Engineers improved to 13-3 overall and 2-2 in NEWMAC action, while Clark slips to 10-7 and 1-3 in league action and now has dropped back-to-back games for the third time this season.

January 16, 2010
No. 9 Engineers Escape With 54-51 Win
MIT, the nation's No. 9 team, erased a 14-point first half deficit and escaped with a 54-51 win over host Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Kneller Athletic Center. With the win, the Engineers move to 15-1 overall and more importantly, 3-0 in league standings while the Cougars fall to 10-6 overall and 1-2 in NEWMAC play.

January 12, 2010
Cougars Take Down Tufts, 80-71
Senior co-captain Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) scored 25 points as the visiting Clark University men's basketball team earned its first victory over Tufts University since December 2002 with an 80-71 final on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium. Tufts opens their NESCAC schedule on Friday night at Williams, while Clark welcomes MIT for a NEWMAC contest on Saturday.

January 9, 2010
Vayda's Career-High Helps Cougars To Key Win
The interior duo of sophomores Mitch Renshaw (Rutland, Mass.) and Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) combined for 42 points and 14 rebounds to lead visiting Clark past Wheaton, 74-70 on Saturday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball action. Vayda finished with a career-high 27 points (9-for-13), to go along with seven boards and three assists.

January 7, 2010
More Honors Roll In For Alexander
The honors continue to pour in for Clark senior forward Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.). Earlier in the week, he was named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball player of the week now comes news that regional and national honors are being bestowed upon him as well. Alexander was named ECAC Division III New England player of the week and was also named to the D3hoops.com national team of the week.

January 6, 2010
Ice Cold Shooting Dooms Cougars In NEWMAC Opener
Clark, who entered the game as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference leader in both three-point percentage and three-pointers made per game, missed its first 12 triple tries en route to a 2-for-22 performance from behind the arc and visiting Coast Guard took advantage, collecting a 61-46 win in the conference opener for both teams at the Kneller Athletic Center on Wednesday evening. The win for USCGA snaps a five-game losing streak, while the defeat for the Clark is their second straight.

January 6, 2010
Telegram & Gazette - Clark Has A Keeper
Occasionally, Mitch Renshaw will feel a little weak and have to excuse himself from practice. He'll duck over to the bench, where he keeps a packet of ground glucose pills handy. Within about five minutes of taking them, though, he's back on the Kneller Athletic Center basketball court and going hard again. Renshaw, Clark's starting sophomore center, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 11. His body does not produce insulin, so he must use an insulin pump to administer it. He has to monitor his blood sugar level, which sometimes gets low during practice.

January 4, 2010
Alexander Named NEWMAC Player of the Week
Senior forward Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) has been named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference player of the week it was announced by the conference office on Monday. Alexander averaged 27 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of games at the Salem State Holiday Classic on December 29-30. A four-year starter and three-time NEWMAC All-Star, Alexander is averaging a career-best 18.8 points on 51 percent shooting.

December 30, 2009
Cougars Four Game Win Streak Snapped With 72-71 Loss
Powered by five double figure scorers including 20 points from Terrance Favors, Becker College recorded a 72-71 win over Clark University in men's basketball action on Wednesday afternoon in the final game of the Salem State Holiday Classic. The win for the Hawks over the Cougars snaps a six-game losing streak to Clark, giving them their first ever win over their Worcester-area rivals. The victory also comes 20 days after the Cougars collected an 82-72 home win over Becker back on December 10 at the Kneller Athletic Center.

December 29, 2009
Alexander, Vayda Push Cougars Past Salem State, 86-81
Visiting Clark used 53 percent shooting and excellent scoring performances from a trio of players to earn a hard-fought 86-81 win over host Salem State in the opening round of the Salem State Holiday Classic on Tuesday evening at Twohig Gymnasium. The Cougars, who were playing their first game in 17 days following exams, improved to 8-3 overall, while the Vikings fell to 1-9, just one season after winning the program's 18th conference title and making its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Clark, meanwhile, won its fourth straight contest and will face Becker College for the second time this season in the Classic's final day of games tomorrow at 3 p.m.

December 12, 2009
Encore! Encore!: Alexander Shines Again In Blowout Win
Paced by a season-high 27 points from senior Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) and another stellar team performance from behind the arc, Clark closed out the first half of its schedule with a wire-to-wire, 90-65 win over visiting Nichols College on Saturday afternoon at the Kneller Athletic Center. With the victory, the Cougars move to 7-3 on the season, matching the program's best ten-game start since the 2002-03 season - the last time they advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The loss for the Bison, meanwhile, snaps a four-game winning streak and sends them into their semester break with a 6-3 overall ledger.

December 10, 2009
Alexander The Great - Senior Nets 25 In 82-72 Win
Buoyed by hot three-point shooting and a season-high 25 points from senior Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.), host Clark University collected an 82-72 win over visiting Becker College on Thursday evening at the Kneller Athletic Center. The Cougars dropped in 13 triples led by Alexander's 5-for-6 performance from behind the arc and shot a sizzling 51 percent from the floor overall as they improved to 6-3 with one game remaining before the end of the first semester break. The 13 made three-pointers are the most Clark has made since they made the same amount in a 92-90 win over Wheaton College back on February 23, 2008.

December 5, 2009
Reed All About It! - Powell Powers Clark Past Endicott, 56-52
Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) scored 12 points, including four, late game-clinching free throws and Reed Powell (Worcester, Mass.) scored a career-high 15 points as visiting Clark scratched past host Endicott, 56-52, in a non-conference men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at MacDonald Gymnasium. With the win, Clark improves to 5-3 on the season and ends a two game skid, while the Gulls fall even at 3-3 after winning back-to-back games. Clark retakes the court on Thursday when the Cougars host Becker at 7:00 p.m., while Endicott returns to action on Tuesday evening as the Gulls host Eastern Connecticut.

December 3, 2009
Cougars Drop Second Straight, 69-64
Fueled by a terrific all-around game from senior Maurice Horton, Worcester State handed visiting Clark a 69-64 loss on Thursday evening in a non-conference matchup of the two crosstown rivals. The win for the Lancers evens their overall record at 2-2 and sends the Cougars to their second straight defeat, dropping their overall record to 4-3 heading into Saturday's matchup with Endicott. Sophomore Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) led the Cougars with 20 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Alexander added 17 points and five boards as well. Clark's meeting with the Gulls tips at 1:00 p.m. in Beverly.

December 1, 2009
Cougars Come Up Short To No. 23 Brandeis
Host Clark had three chances to send its matchup with No. 23 Brandeis into overtime but couldn't connect on the game-tying three in the final seconds and the visiting Judges escaped with a 51-47 non-conference win Tuesday evening at the Kneller Athletic Center. With the win Brandeis moves to 4-1, while the Cougars fall to 4-2. The Cougars return to the hardwood on Thursday when they visit crosstown rival Worcester State beginning at 7 p.m. The Judges travel to Framingham State on Thursday as well, for a 6 p.m. meeting with the Rams.

November 24, 2009
Cougars Escape With 54-46 Win
Clark University raced out to a 17-0 lead only to see it whittled down to three late in the second half before going on a game-clinching 7-0 run to push them past visiting Anna Maria College, 54-46 on Tuesday evening at the Kneller Athletic Center. With the win, the Cougars improve to 4-1 - their best start since 2006-07 - and the four wins in November are the most in the eleventh month since they started 4-1 in 2000-01 en route to their second of two trips to the Elite Eight under head coach Paul Phillips. Anna Maria, meanwhile, slips to 0-4.

November 21, 2009
Cougars Capture Title Behind Alexander, MVP Vayda
Behind a quartet of players in double figures, Clark University captured the inaugural Golden Bears Hoop Classic with a 74-64 victory over Mount Saint Mary (N.Y.) at Western New England College's Alumni Healthful Living Center. Senior Mark Alexander (Providence, R.I.) paced the Cougars with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals while senior Jack Minister (Manchester, England), and sophomore forwards Mitch Renshaw (Rutland, Mass.) and Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) all added 12 points. Vayda, the Tournament MVP, also pulled down nine rebounds and added two steals. In addition to Vayda, Alexander was named to the All-Tournament Team.

November 20, 2009
Big First Half Pushes Cougars To Title Game
Sophomore forward Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) netted 18 points and senior forward Jack Minister (Manchester, England) added 12 points to lead Clark University to a 78-68 victory over Framingham State and advance to the championship game of the 2009 Golden Bear Tip Off Classic hosted by Western New England College. Clark will face Mount Saint Mary's tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the tournament championship

November 18, 2009
Clark Comes Up Short At Rhode Island College, 74-72
Down by as many as 17 in the opening moments of the second half, Clark mounted a furious comeback that saw them take the lead briefly before eventually falling 74-72 to host Rhode Island College at the Murray Center on Wednesday evening. Clark (1-1) returns to action on Friday when they meet Framingham State at 7:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Golden Bear Classic hosted by Western New England College.

November 16, 2009
Cougars Power Past Fitchburg State, 92-70
Behind a high-powered offense that shot nearly 54 percent in the first half and the first career double-double from sophomore Mitch Renshaw (Rutland, Mass.), Clark cruised to a season-opening 92-70 win over visiting Fitchburg State on Monday night at the Kneller Athletic Center. The win for the Cougars avenges last year's season opening loss to the Falcons by nearly the same score - 90-70 back on November 15, 2008.

November 8, 2009
Telegram & Gazette: Making A Name For Himself
Nicknames have always been part of sports. The Gipper. The Gooch. The Goose. The Chief. If it's something players are used to, it's that they are referred to by a name other than their first or last. For Clark University sophomore Brian Vayda, the connotation seemed automatic - Darth, as in Vader. Unfortunately for headline writers, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the Sturbridge native and former Tantasqua Regional basketball star. "We're a team of nicknames, and just about everyone has one, but he doesn't," Cougar coach Paul Phillips said. "Darth Vader did not work for him because he's such a nice kid."