November 1, 2001

Brewer Heads Strong Returning Cast Creating High Hopes For CSC Hoops Team

The Culver-Stockton College basketball team captured its only Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) champion-ship banner 11 years ago. The 2001-02 team thinks it has the resources to add a second men's basketball banner to the Charles Field House ceiling.

The Wildcats return 11 players from last year's team, which finished 19-12 overall and tied for fourth place in the HAAC with a 12-8 mark. The 19 wins represent the most wins by a Wildcat basketball team since the 1984-85 edition finished with a 23-7 mark. The 12 conference wins are the most in school history.

Former Scotland County star Jacob Brewer has the Wildcats on the minds of basketball fans in Memphis. The junior forward will look to build upon a solid second season of college hoops that earned him honorable mention on the ALL-HAAC Team.

Brewer was third on the team last year in scoring at a 10.2-points-a-game clip. He played in all 31 games, including 27 games started while averaging more than 30 minutes of play per game.

More impressive than the scoring was Brewer's all-around game that also had him leading the team with 41 steals, second on the squad with 103 assists and third with more than five rebounds a contest. Brewer also shot .341 from behind the arc, knocking down 46 three pointers last year.

He had his best scoring game of the year November 22 against Quincy University when he scored 20 points. He grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds against Missouri Valley February 10 and dished out seven assists on three separate occasions.

Brewer's versatility as well as his work in the off season may mean a role change this year. After bulking up in the weight room, CSC may take advantage of the 6' 7" forward more in the interior as the Wildcats lone loss to graduation was center Doug Cuenio.

While he played both forward spots last year, he may see more time at the four spot as a power forward and possibly even at center, while still offering the team an option at the small forward position. The versatility should create some match-up issues for the opposition as most teams don't feature power players that can also handle the ball, pass extremely well and knock down the jumper from the perimeter.

Helping Brewer and the Wildcats strive for their goal of an HAAC title will be senior point guard and three-year starter Dan Buelt. Buelt led the Wildcats in scoring (16.5 ppg), assists (4.97 apg) and free-throw percentage (89.3 percent / 176-189) last season while being named to the All-HAAC first team and honorable mention to the NAIA All-America team.

Joining Buelt in the backcourt is the HAAC Freshman of the Year Josh Flynn, a deadly shooter who made 50 percent (72-144) of his field goal attempts a year ago. In addition, Flynn shot over 43 percent (36-82) from outside the arc and averaged 7.6 points per game.

Up front, the Wildcats return a load of experience in center Brian Toedebusch along with forwards Paul Weinkein and Brewer.

Toedebusch, an All-HAAC honorable mention selection as a junior, returns to the mix after averaging a career-high 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is a force defensively as well, setting a school-record for blocked shots with 54.

Brewer and Weinkein should see significant minutes after averaging 10.2 and 6.8 points, respectively last season. Weinkein finished second on the team in rebounds, averaging 5.6 caroms per game.

A couple of sophomores, Matt Pistorious and Phillip Heine, have already made an impact as freshmen and should contribute even more this season. Pistorious saw action in all 31 games last season, averaging 6.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Heine missed the majority of the season with an injury but still managed to play in the first 12 games, averaging 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Two other returnees, junior Will Andrisse and sophomore and Davin Baxter all have a full year in the Wildcat system and should provide ample minutes when called upon. Andrisse started 17 games in his first full season and should provide ample depth at the guard position. Baxter, once football season is over, is also expected to contribute more this season. He averaged just 2.4 minutes in seven games a year ago.

A talented recruiting class should bolster the competitive spirit for playing time and make the entire team better.

Leading this group are freshmen scorer Tony Gavin, who averaged over 27 points and four rebounds per game as a senior in high school, and Tyler Duschinsky (10.8 ppg / 1.6 apg). Gavin and Duschinsky should see plenty of playing time while freshman center Brad Fox (6.5 ppg) will get playing time behind Toedebusch.

The Wildcat coaching staff believes the Wildcats have more depth and quickness to push the ball this year. CSC will need to rebound better, force turnovers and produce more easy baskets to succeed. If they do, another championship banner at Charles Field House is not out of the question.

The CSC team has been picked to finish third by league coaches in the annual Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) preseason poll released at the conference's basketball media luncheon in Kansas City.

The Wildcats, who finished 19-12 overall and tied for fourth in the league with a 12-8 mark last season, received one first-place vote, five second-place votes, two fourth-place votes, one fifth-place vote and one ninth-place vote for 77 points.

Defending league champion Evangel, which received nine first-place votes and one second-place vote for 99 points, is picked to repeat as champions.

MidAmerica Nazarene, which finished second in the NAIA Division II tournament last season, received 81 points to finish second in the poll.

The Wildcats open the 2001-02 season at home on Saturday, Nov. 3, against Harris-Stowe State College. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. at Charles Field House.

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