La Salle

Former La Salle University head basketball coach ‘Speedy’ Morris, left, and basketball great Lionel Simmons. — Photo/La Salle Athletics

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has announced La Salle University basketball legends Lionel Simmons and coach William “Speedy” Morris will be named to the MAAC Honor Roll in “The MAAC Experience” exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. on Oct. 17.

“Coach Morris and Lionel Simmons are great additions to the MAAC Honor Roll,” notes MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor in a statement. “When I was hired in 1988, the La Salle program was emerging as a power in the MAAC, led by the play of the ‘L Train’ and the coaching of Speedy Morris. It was one of the great moments in MAAC history when Lionel was named the 1990 NCAA Division I Player of the Year.”

Simmons, a former Southern High basketball star, remains the NCAA’s third leading scorer,having scored 3,217 points during his four years for La Salle. The 1990 John R. Wooden Award winner, Simmons was also a three-time Geasey Award winner (Big 5 MVP). During his career, the Explorers compiled a 100-31 record and advanced to three straight NCAA tournaments in 1988-90.

He was inducted into the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 1995 and the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1996. He went on to play for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA after being selected seventh overall in the 1990 draft. Simmons scored more than 5,800 points during his NBA career, averaging 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds a game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie team after averaging 18.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists a game. Simmons is one of only four players to have his number retired by La Salle.

Morris spent 15 seasons as head men’s basketball coach of the Explorers (1986-01), compiling a school-record 238 wins. His teams reached the postseason six times, including four NCAA appearances, and won four MAAC championships.

His best season came in 1989-90, when he and National Player of the Year Simmons led La Salle to a 30-2 record and a #12 ranking in the finalAssociated Press poll. The Explorers won 22 straight games that season and defeated Fordham, 71-61, to win its third straight title. Morris took La Salle to the NIT finals during his first season in 1987, beginning a stretch of six consecutive postseason berths.

Temple football single-game tickets on sale Aug. 4

Temple University announced that single-game tickets for the home games this season will go Tuesday, Aug. 4. The Owls football schedule features six home games at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple will open with Penn State on Sept. 5, before facing Tulane (Oct. 10) and UCF (Oct. 17) in back-to-back weekends. Notre Dame comes to town for a Halloween clash on Oct. 31, and the Owls wrap up their home schedule with games against Memphis (Nov. 21) and UConn (Nov. 26).

Tickets for all home games — including Penn State and Notre Dame — can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1(800) 745-3000 or online at www.OwlsTix.com.

Cheyney C Club to raise $50,000 for scholarships

The Cheyney C Club will host its sixth annual Wade Wilson Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug. 17. The tournament will be held at the Edgemont Country Club in Newtown Square. There will be registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. The tournament – scramble play will go until 1:30 p.m.

After the tournament, the golfers can attend the awards luncheon at Penn Oaks Country Club in West Chester, which begins at 2 p.m. and is just a 10-minute ride from Newtown Square. At Penn Oaks Country Club, there will be a non-golfer clinic (9 a.m.), pinochle tournament (10 a.m.) and wine tasting (12 noon).

This special event will take place in two locations. Over the last five years, this charity golf tournament has raised more than $200,000 in scholarship funds for student-athletes at Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education and the only HBCU in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

This year, The C Club plans to raise more than $50,000 —surpassing last year’s $40,000 milestone and providing scholarship aid to over 40 student-athletes for the 2015-16 academic term.

For more information about The Cheyney C Club or to register for this charity golf tournament visit cheyneycclub.com or call (610) 743-8311.

dhunt@phillytrib.com

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