NewsCougars to Honor Seniors before Regular-Season Finale
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's basketball team will honor its three seniors before the Cougars' final regular-season game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Geneva (Pa.) College.
Over the past four years, Brad Moser, Konrod Morris, and Phil Argento have led MVNU to an overall record of 85-46 (.649 winning percentage). During that span, the Cougars have won the American Mideast Conference Tournament once, advanced to the NAIA Division II Sweet Sixteen, and claimed the program's first-ever National Christian College Athletic Association national championship.
Moser, a 6-foot-3 forward from Wadsworth, Ohio, transferred to MVNU after playing his freshman season at Bethel (Ind.) College. He was one of the key contributors during the Cougars' national title run last year as he was named to the NCCAA All-National Tournament Team. This season, Moser is averaging 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, and he leads the team with 52 steals. He was named to the Cougar Homecoming Classic All-Tournament Team and selected as the Defiance College Tip-off Tournament's Mr. Hustle Award recipient.
"Brad has been a very versatile player for us," said MVNU head coach Scott Flemming. "I have seen his play steadily improve over the three years he has been here. We would not have won the national championship last year without his outstanding play in the tournament. He can make big plays when the game is on the line. It has been rewarding to see Brad mature as a young man as well."
Morris, a 6-foot-3 forward from Kingston, Jamaica, has been a fan-favorite during his four years at MVNU. Known for his great leaping ability, he has been one of the best offensive rebounders in school history. In fact, he ranks 11th in on the Cougars' all-time list with 546 rebounds. This season, Morris is averaging 9.8 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game. He was named to the Cougar Homecoming Classic All-Tournament Team and the Webber International (Fla.) University Classic All-Tournament Team.
"Konrod has played a key role in the success of our team over the past several seasons," said Flemming. "He is one of the best offensive rebounders we have ever had. He plays much bigger than his 6-foot-3 height. I have seen him grow as a player and as a person. Konrod has not only made a difference in our basketball program, but he has made a positive impact on our campus as well."
Argento, a 6-foot-2 guard from Grafton, Ohio, has become the most prolific scorer in MVNU men's basketball history and one of the top long-range shooters in all of college basketball. He has scored a school-record 2,245 points and made 447 career three-pointers - eighth most in college basketball history. Among his many awards, Argento was the AMC Freshman of the Year in 2000 and named to the NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American Team and the NCCAA All-American Second Team in 2002.
This season, Argento is averaging 22.3 points per game to rank among the nation's scoring leaders, and he has made 131 three-pointers. He was selected as the Most Valuable Player of both the Cougar Homecoming Classic and the Food for the Hungry Holiday Invitational, and he was also named to the Webber International Classic All-Tournament Team.
"Phil is undoubtedly one of the best players to ever play at MVNU," said Flemming. "He has been an impact player since his freshman year. At times, he has been able to dominate games at the guard position. Although he is somewhat quiet, he leads by his will to win and his consistant work ethic. I believe he is one of the best shooters in college basketball at any level. He is a great person, and he has been a joy to coach."
MVNU is currently 17-12 overall heading into the non-conference game against Geneva.