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ROLLINS ALL-TIME RECORD BOOK - Last Updated Nov. 11, 2016

1901 - First listed basketball game at Rollins College. Rollins defeated the Orlando Rifles 9-8. Team posts a 3-0 record that also included 9-2 and 6-0 victories over Stetson.

1904 - Rollins defeated Stetson 14-13 to claim state title. Sam Sadler was the team captain and Chicago White Sox pitcher Pat Flaherty was the coach.

1939-40 - Dr. Thurston Adams directs the Tars to a 12-5 record and a postseason appearance.

1941 - Basketball disbanded at Rollins due to World War II.

1949-50 - After nearly a decade without varsity basketball, the Tars reign state basketball at the varsity level with Jack McDowell serving as the head coach.

1950 - The lightly regarded Tars pull a major upset on December 8, 1950 as they edge mighty Miami 59-58. A set shot by Pete Fay at the buzzer gives Rollins the victory. 

1952-53 - Despite an 8-13 overall record, the Tars earn a spot in the NAIA post-season tournament.

1958 - Dick Bezemer averages 17.9 points per game and is honored as a first-team NAIA All-America selection.

1962-63 - Boyd Coffie replaces Nyimicz as head coach. The Tars struggle early in Coffie’s reign, but post winning records in each of his final four years at the helm.

1973-74 - Second year coach Ed Jucker leads Tars to 18-9 record and their first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.

1975-76 - Tars post school record 19-6 mark and make another NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

1980-81 - Former Rollins standout Tom Klusman becomes the seventh head coach since 1949. He leads Tars to 16-11 mark in first season at the helm.

1986-87 - The Tars earn the first 20-win season in school history.

1990 - Sam Arterburn is honored as a first team All-American by Basketball Times.

1990-91 - Tars post a 20-8 record and claim their first Sunshine State Conference regular season title.

1991-92 - Led by SSC “Player of the Year” Derek Thurston, the Tars post a school record 24-7 record and win the SSC regular season and tournament titles.

1995-96 - The Tars win their first 16 games on the way to a 20-8 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

1997 - Senior Daniel Parke sets an all-division NCAA record by hitting a three-point basket in 93 consecutive games.

1999-00 - Tars finish with 13-3 home record in final year playing at the Enyart-Alumni Field House.

2002-03 - Tars set a school record in wins, going 26-6 and winning the SSC championship. Senior Matt Williams takes SSC Player of the Year honors as Rollins advances to the second round of the NCAA II national tournament. Williams also garners a NABC All-American Honorable Mention. Coach Klusman wins SSC and NABC South Region Coach of the Year.

2003-04 - The Tars again set a new record going, 27-6 and winning the regular season SSC Championship for the second straight year. Rollins advances to the Elite Eight for the first time in school’s history. Coach Klusman wins SSC Coach of the Year. Eric Faber is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.  Faber and senior Chad Dircks are recognized on the First Team All-SSC.

2005-06 - Picked to finish 7th in the preseason poll, Rollins won the regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the second round of the NCAA South Region Tournament. Nate Rusbosin became the program’s all-time winningest players, taking part in 91 Rollins wins during his career. 

2006-07 - Rollins was picked to finish first in the SSC Preseason poll and ended the year sharing the title with Barry. The Tars advanced to the South Region Tournament and beat Valdosta State in the first round before falling to Eckerd. Jonny Reibel was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America. 

2007-08 - The Tars won 15 of their first 16 games, including victories over nationally ranked Central Missouri and Drury in Las Vegas, but faltered down the stretch to finish 19-9. Tom Klusman recorded his 500th career victory as the Tars head coach with an 83-75 home victory over Eckerd. Later, it was the Tritons who knocked Rollins out of NCAA Tournament contention with a half court buzzer beater in the regular season finale. Jonny Reibel was named  First Team All-America, a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and invited to the College Basketball Invitational All-Star Game. 

2008-09 - Despite a 20-win season and advancing to the championship game of the SSC Tournament and falling in overtime, Rollins was left out of the NCAA Tournament field for the second straight season. The Tars finished 20-9 and were runners-up in the SSC regular season. Sophomore Nick Wolf was named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year. Seniors Kevin Hogan and Craig Reichel joined the Tars 1000-poin club. 

2009-10 - Picked to finish second in the SSC, Rollins put together a magical season, winning the SSC regular season and tournament titles and advancing to the championship game of the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament. The tied the school record with 27 victories. Highlights included a last-second, home win over then second ranked Florida Southern and two thrilling wins in the NCAA Tournament, one in overtime and the other on a buzzer-beater. Nick Wolf was named first team SSC, South Region and All-America as well as the South Region Tournament Most Outstanding Player. 

2010-11 - Rollins was picked to repeat as SSC champs and did so definitively, winning the outright title by a full game over the runners-up. They then added a second straight conference tournament title and earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the past seven years, earned a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. In postseason, the Tars fell vic- tim to a buzzer-beater to Florida Southern in the first round. Nick Wolf put a cap on arguably the most successful career in Tars history by earning All-America honors for the third time. He was also named SSC Player of the Year, SSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player and the Rollins Athlete of the Year. He finished second on the Tars all-time scoring and rebounding lists. Tom Klusman was named the SSC Coach of the Year and moved into the top-five among Division II’s all-time winningest coaches.

2011-12 - The Tars won seven straight to start the season and climbed to 10th in the Division II poll. The first lost came to eventual national champion Western Washington and Rollins finished the year 16-10 overall and 9-7 in SSC play. Chris Malcolm was named second team All-SSC and Rollins’ first SSC Defensive Player of the Year. He set the career mark with 116 blocks and also the single game high with nine against Saint Leo. Both Myk Brown and Jeremy Sharpe became members of the 1,000 point club.

2012-13 – After a one-year hiatus, Rollins made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament and posted records of 19-11 overall and 9-7 in Sunshine State Conference play. Rollins won 12 of its first 14 to start the season and were ranked as high as No. 17 in Division II. Head coach Tom Klusman reached 600 career victories with Rollins’ 74-62 win over Florida Tech on Jan. 19. Kyle McClanahan was named to both the SSC All-First Team and All-Newcomer Team. 

2013-14 – With three new starters and the graduation if its top two scorers from the previous year, Rollins finished the 2013-14 season 14-13 overall and 8-8 in the Sunshine State Conference. Senior Mitch Woods was named first team All-SSC to lead the Tars. The season was highlighted by a home upset in overtime against then unbeaten and second ranked Florida Southern in front of the second largest crowd in Warden Arena history. 

2014-15 - Head Coach Tom Klusman coached in his 1,000th career game on February 11. Junior Alex Blessig finished 16th in the SSC and led the Tars with 11.8 points a night. The junior also averaged 3.8 assists and was fourth in the league with two steals a game. Freshman Jeff Merton was the second-leading scoring freshman in the conference with 11.1 points a game, while also ranking 14th with five rebounds a night. Sharif Almulla finished his junior season averaging 10 points a game with Chris Uhle putting up 9.5 a night. Blessig earned the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District first team honors.

2015-16 - Picked to finish last in the SSC Presason poll, the Tars shocked the league and won the conference title in a three-way tie with Barry and Eckerd. Jeff Merton was named First Team All-Sunshine State Conference. Rollins made a 12th appearance in the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament.

2016-17 - Sitting 8-8 in the middle of the season, Rollins went on a run for the ages, winning 10 of its last 12 in the regular season to finish the SSC in third place. The Tars went on to win the Sunshine State Conference Tournament on a champoinship game buzzer-beating three-pointer from Connor Mckim. As the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Rollins shocked the region, beating No. 2 Valdosta State, No. 3 Delta State and No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville to capture the NCAA Division II South Region Championship and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in school history.