The Philadelphia University men’s basketball team was selected as the winner of the College Basketball Officials Association 2013 Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award.
The award is given to the team that best exemplifies a high degree of sportsmanship, character and ethics among the coaches, players and game day staff. More than 50 regional NCAA Division II and Division III schools are considered annually for the award.
“It is an honor for our team to be recognized not only for their fine play, but also for their sportsmanship,” said head men’s basketball and Hall-of-Fame coach Herb Magee.
The Rams went 19-10 in the 2012-13 season, with a trip to the CACC championship game. The team placed three players on the All-CACC squad: senior guard Jim Connolly, freshman forward Peter Alexis and freshman guard Andre Gibbs.
Connolly earned his third all-conference spot, finishing his PhilaU career with more than 1500 points scored. Gibbs was named CACC rookie of the year, and Alexis led PhilaU in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocks.
The Sportsmanship Award is named for Sam Schoenfeld, a premier basketball player in the 1920s and 1930s who later became a coach and official. Schoenfeld helped found the College Basketball Officials Association in 1953. He was known for his integrity, fairness and charismatic energy.