2015-16 Men's Basketball team
First Row: Kullin Harris, De'Jor Curtis, Wynston Wright, Austin Moutry, Fred Calvert, Marcus Wright, Sean Mulhern, Zachary Branch
Second Row: Assistant coach Carlos Pittman, Tanner Hinck, Jacob Butler, Deonte Newsome, Alex Vogel, Spencer Cooper, Fred Calvert, Jayden Clayton, Tanner Kellogg
Third Row: Head Coach Robbie Sieverding, graduate assistant Gage Heffernan, Andre Murray, Jacob Mohlis, Jake Weber, Andre Norris, Spencer Bronson, Lucas Daniels, Mitchell Morrisey, Kain Arthofer, student volunteer Reggie Richter, Assistant Coach Dustin Bierman
Behind consensus All-American and back-to-back Iowa Conference MVP, senior forward Andre Norris, and IIAC Coach of the Year, Robbie Sieverding, the University of Dubuque men’s basketball team won their first Iowa Conference regular season title since 1990 after posting a record of 18-8 overall, 11-3 in the Iowa Conference.
Norris and his fellow seniors, G Alex Vogel, F Mitch Morrisey, and G Spencer Cooper ended their careers as the winningest class in school history with 83 wins and a combined three IIAC titles (2013 and 2015 IIAC tournament titles and 2016 IIAC regular season title).
The Spartans finished 7-0 at home during IIAC play, including setting a Stoltz Sports Center attendance record of 2600+ fans in 81-66 win over Loras on January 27. UD completed the sweep of their rivals with a 77-62 victory on February 6.
Norris was named All-American by four different media outlets after becoming UD’s fourth back-to-back Iowa Conference MVP and sixth overall. The Plainfield, Ill. native became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1936 career points and was the first player to be named both conference MVP and defensive player of the year in the same season. He also played in National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Star game in Salem, Va. comprised of the Top-18 seniors in Division III.
-Lost to UNI (who reached Round of 32 at Div. 1 NCAA Tournament), 83-63, in exhibition match in Cedar Falls, Iowa on November 25, 2015
-Led by Norris’ 36 pts and 19 rebs, Spartans beat Greenville, 132-121, on November 28
-Finished 2-0 at the inaugural Jon Davison Classic (Dec. 29-30) hosted by UD
-Norris finished season with 31 dunks and 82 for his career
-Coach Sieverding and the Spartans placed Top-3 in the IIAC for 7th straight season, own 74-30 IIAC mark in that span, best in conference
PPG Allowed: 71.8
FG% Allowed: .413
PPG: Norris (23.6)
RPG: Norris (12.0)
APG: Vogel (2.5)
FG%: Norris (.561)
FT%: Vogel (.809)
3P%: Norris (.404)
All-Iowa Conference honorees
MVP and DPOY: Andre Norris – Forward
Coach of the Year: Robbie Sieverding
2nd Team: Kain Arthofer (Jr.) – Guard
Jake Weber (Jr.) – Forward
Academic All-Iowa Conference
Tanner Hinck (Jr.) – Sport Marketing & Management
Jacob Mohlis (Jr.) – Sport Marketing & Management
Andre Norris, Alex Vogel, Mitch Morrisey, Spencer Cooper
2014-15 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Lucas Ware, Spencer Cooper, Jacob Mohlis, Sean Mulhern, and Fred Calvert.
Middle Row: Gage Heffernan, Brandon Ferguson, Tanner Hinck, Jeremy Ware, Andrew Murray, and Kain Arthofer.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Carlos Pittman, Asst. Coach Lee Piccinelli, Head Coach Robbie Sieverding, Tyler Ware, Tanner Cooke, Andre Norris, Spencer Bronson, Christopher Moragne, Jake Weber, Mitchell Morrisey, Asst. Coach Jordan Townsend, and Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman.
Spartans Set School Record with 23 Wins and Claim Second IIAC Tourney Title in Three Years
DUBUQUE, Iowa – History repeated itself after Iowa Conference MVP Andre Norris and the Spartans won their second IIAC Tournament Title in three years after finishing 23-6, 10-4 IIAC. The tourney title vaulted them into the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the sixth time in school history where they fell to Illinois Wesleyan in the first round, 72-53.
UD fired on all cylinders during its IIAC run to the title. The No.3 seeded Spartans defeated No. 5 Wartburg in the IIAC Championship, 81-73, after UD jumped out to a 7-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Norris, a junior, played lights out after ringing up 24 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and three blocks to lead four Spartan starters in double figures.
UD would take down No. 6 Luther at home, 92-74, in the opening round and pulled the upset on the road at No. 2 Coe, 71-59, in the semifinals en route to the title.
Norris’ gaudy numbers were nothing new after he averaged 24.7 points. 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 3.0 steals in the three-game tournament run. The Plainfield, Ill. native guided the Spartans to a 10-4 IIAC record after leading the league in scoring (21.1) and blocks (1.57) while finishing Top-6 in six other categories. The seven-time IIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week was also tabbed Honorable Mention All-American by D3hoops.com, All-West Region by D3hoops.com, and NABC All-West District.
Norris secured two IIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week awards while senior Gage Heffernan won one. Norris snagged one during non-conference play and once during conference play and Heffernan won for his MVP performance in the Colorado College tournament early in the season.
With Norris and Heffernan’s consistent production and the Spartans cohesiveness, UD won 21 or more games for the third straight season as the seniors went out as the winningest class (83 wins over four years) in school history.
Head Coach Robbie Sieverding will certainly be reluctant to see them go, “I can’t say enough about our senior class and how they approached each and every practice and game this season. The seniors really raised the bar after playing in three conference tournament championships, winning two, and also winning 21 or more games the past three seasons. We had some really tough kids that played the game the right way and they will be tough to replace as we move forward.”
Each senior starter garnered All-IIAC attention as Gage Heffernan (14.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.1 spg during IIAC play) received First Team honors, Lucas Ware (13.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg) captured Second Team honors, and Brandon Ferguson (8.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 spg) was named the IIAC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Ware was a force during IIAC play after nearly doubling his non-conference scoring and rebounding averages. The senior point guard out of Platteville, Wis. recorded double-digit scoring in the last seven regular season games and exploded for a career-high 26 points in 105-62 rout of Central.
Ware and the Spartans grinded through a 2-2 IIAC start after rolling in with an 10-1 non-conference record, but took advantage of a pivotal road win at Luther, 68-65, to springboard UD into the rest of the conference season.
“One of the turning points in the season was our game at Luther, three games into the IIAC slate,” said Coach Sieverding. “We were coming off a tough home loss and trailed by 13 points in the first half, but we fought our way back with a nice win on the road. It really gave our team some much needed confidence heading into the latter half of the season.”
UD would go on to win seven of their next eight and set up a showdown with IIAC leader Buena Vista at home with the IIAC regular season title on their minds. The Spartans gave up control early and couldn’t recover as the Beavers shot 52.8% and canned eight threes in the first half to steal the victory on the road.
UD handled Luther, 77-63, in the regular season finale to set up a rematch in the IIAC opening round.
It was a whirlwind non-conference season for the Spartans after playing in six different states and three NCAA Tournament qualifiers in Concordia (Wis.), the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and Elmhurst College (Ill.). UD won its lone home game, 95-85, over Clarke University.
Heffernan was tabbed MVP and Norris earned his way on to the Colorado College Thanksgiving Invitational All-Tournament Team (Nov. 28-29). Norris and sophomore Jacob Mohlis were also named to the Carroll University Johnson Bank Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament team a week earlier (Nov. 15-16). UD went 4-0 combined between the two trips.
“We had the chance to play and stay overnight in Minnesota, Colorado, and Florida,” stated Coach Sieverding. “Our three trips and lack of home games really allowed our team to grow early in the season.”
The Spartans finished the non-conference slate with a 10-1 record and suffered its only loss at the hands of Elmhurst (Ill.), 98-93 in overtime, to snap the Spartans 8-0 start to the season.
“Overall, I’m really proud of the way our team improved throughout the season,” commented Coach Sieverding. “You always hope to be playing your best basketball late in the season and that was the case this year. Our journey from start to finish is one that our guys and our staff will remember for a long time. Winning the conference tournament championship in front of our home crowd was a great highlight for the seniors and is a memory that will stay with the team for years to come.”
Norris and Mohlis, UD’s two returning starters, will gear up for another championship run in 2015-16. Norris, who scored his 1000th point this season and jumped up to 12th place on UD’s all-time scoring list (1322 points), will also be chasing the Spartans all-time scoring record of 1927 points.
All-Iowa Conference Honorees
MVP Defensive Player of the Year
F Andre Norris G Brandon Ferguson
First Team Second Team
F Gage Heffernan G Lucas Ware
D3hoops.com Honorable Mention All-American D3hoops.com All-West Region
F Andre Norris F Andre Norris
NABC All-West District
F Andre Norris
2013-14 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Steven Whiting, Curtis Harrington, Sam Baldwin, Alex Bartausch, and Jacob Mohlis.
Middle Row: Brandon Ferguson, Mark Preston, Chris Frazier, Alex Vogel, Mitch Michaelis, Spencer Cooper, and Kain Arthofer.
Back Row: Head Coach Robbie Sieverding, Asst. Coach Jordan Townsend, Gage Heffernan, Andre Norris, Tanner Cooke, Mitchell Morrisey, Spencer Bronson, Erik Cewe, Jared Kuban, Tyler Ware, Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman, and Asst. Coach Lee Piccinelli.
A hot 16-0 start paved the way towards a 21-5, 10-4 IIAC record and their seventh straight Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) tournament berth. Coach Sieverding secured his 123rd victory and attained UD’s first Top 25 ranking since Jon Davison was head coach (1966-‘93). The Spartans ranked as high as #23 (D3hoops.com) in the country and were one of four remaining unbeaten teams (16-0).
Unfortunately, UD’s IIAC tournament run was cut short after a first round upset vs. Luther, 87-83. The Spartans led by six at the break after shooting 61.3%, but cooled off in the second and were outscored by 10. First Team All-IIAC selection Andre Norris scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists while shooting 4 of 7 from three-point land. Departing senior Chris Frazier totaled 16 points on 4-for-9 three-point shooting and Gage Heffernan tallied 14 points. Both teams hit 12 threes but Luther held the advantage at the free throw line, 15-17, compared to UD’s 7-11.
After a 21-1, 9-1 IIAC start that included five double-digit IIAC victories, the Spartans hit a rough patch and dropped three of their last four games by a combined nine points. UD would right the ship with a 72-66 win in their final regular season match against Luther, until the Norse exacted revenge in the IIAC tourney opener on February 27.
Norris (18.2 ppg and 6.2 rpg), who led the team in scoring for 12 games, was a threat on both ends of the floor for the Spartans. Norris finished top-5 in four individual IIAC categories that included scoring (19.2 ppg), FG% (.520), 3FG% (.444), and blocks (1.21 bpg). Norris and Heffernan (led IIAC in steals at 1.69 spg) were defensive anchors for a team that paced the IIAC in scoring defense (68.5 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.405), and three-point percentage defense (.279).
The three-point sniper, senior Frazier, ended up second in the IIAC with 36 three point makes and was also one of UD’s best perimeter threats defensively. Frazier concluded his career 13th on the all-time scoring list with 1188 total points. The Ironman missed just two games in his entire four-year career and earned three All-IIAC honors (2013-14 1st team, 2012-13 2nd, 2011-12 HM). The Heidelberg, Germany native finished the season averaging 13.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, and 1.7 apg.
Fellow senior Mitch Michaelis also finished his four-year career as UD’s 22nd 1000-point scorer and secured 17th place all-time in UD history with 1163 points. Michaelis led the team in scoring once and rebounding six times throughout the year. The two-time All-IIAC honoree (2012-13 2nd team and 2011-12 HM) averaged 8.2 ppg and 4.3 rpg.
All-Iowa Conference Honorees (*Senior)
G Chris Frazier*
F Mitch Michaelis*
F Andre Norris
All-IIAC Acadeic Honorees (*Senior)
G Erik Cewe*
2012-13 Men's Basketball Team -- IIAC Tournament Champions
Front Row: Lucas Ware, Chris Frazier, Alex Vogel, Sam Baldwin, Isaiah Reeves, Spencer Cooper, and Ian Fluhler.
Middle Row: Mark Preston, Malcolm Stewart, Brandon Ferguson, Caleb Konieczny, Mitch Michaelis, Dustin Aubert, and Mitch Morrisey.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Taylor Blum, Head Coach Robbie Sieverding, Tanner Cooke, Tyler Ware, Jordan Townsend, Derek Griffin, Andre Norris, Erik Cewe, Uchenna Akuba, Miles Hookstead, Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman, and Asst. Coach Lee Piccinelli.
The 2012-13 University of Dubuque Men's Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 22-7 and finished in third place in the Iowa Conference at 9-5. The Spartans would go on to win the IIAC Tournament to earn a berth in the NCAA DIII Tournament. UD opened the IIAC Tournament with a 71-63 home victory over Simpson in the first round. Dubuque followed with a 64-61 semifinal win on the road at Buena Vista. UD returned home for the championship game with a 73-60 victory over Wartburg. The Spartans 22 wins set a new school record for wins in a season.
Junior Chris Frazier (Guard) was named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Junior Mitch Michaelis and Freshman Andre Norris were selected 2nd Team All-IIAC. Frazier led the IIAC in three-pointers made with 75. Frazier also finished 10th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage at 44.6%. The Spartans finished first in the IIAC in several statistical categories including scoring defense (61.2 ppg), scoring margin (+8.7), FG defense (39.5%), turnover margin (+1.86), steals (204), rebounds (1,083), and home attendance (12,880).
Miles Hookstead and Malcolm Stewart earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2011-12 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Tyler Skubal, Demetrius Singleton, Tyler Ware, Jordan Townsend, Mark Preston, Eric Jones, Mitch Michaelis, Cale Brown, and Miles Hookstead.
Middle Row: Nolan Dunkirk, Lee Piccinelli, Chris Frazier, Cal Vigna, Asst. Coach Taylor Blum, Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman, Head Coach Robbie Sieverding, Asst. Coach Andre Rattray, Sam Baldwin, Kyle Husseman, Lucas Ware, and Brandon Ferguson.
Back Row: David Kushnir, Ryan Tebbe, Ian McBrayer, Cord Hanson, Derek Griffin, and Tanner Cooke.
The 2011-12 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 17-9 and tied for second place in the Iowa Conference at 11-5. The Spartans lost in the opening round of the IIAC Tournament. Senior Lee Piccinelli (Guard) was named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Sophomores Chris Frazier (Guard) and Mitch Michaelis (Forward) were recognized as Honorable Mention All-IIAC selections.
Miles Hookstead earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2010-11 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Travis White, Kyle Huseman, Mitch Michaelis, Eric Jones, Taylor Blum, and Matt Poirier.
Middel Row: Miles Hookstead, Malcolm Stewart, Chris Frazier, Joe Kelly, Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman, Head Coach Robbie Sieverding, Asst. Coach Andre Rattray, Mark Wilson, Cale Brown, Lee Piccinelli, and Mark Preston.
Back Row: Wyatt Hanus, Cameron Cartee, Jordan Townsend, David Kushnir, Demetrius Singleton, Elijah Ejeh, Kurt Vavricek, and Ryan Tebbe.
The 2010-11 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 17-11 and third place in the Iowa Conference at 9-7. The Spartans beat Central 64-44 the opening round of the IIAC Tournament and won the road at Coe 55-51 before losing in the finals. Seniors Taylor Blum (Guard) and Matt Poirier (Forward) were named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Blum is the 5th Spartan in UD Men's Basketball history to earn First Team All-IIAC three times.
Wyatt Hanus, Miles Hookstead, and Malcolm Stewart all earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2009-10 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Peter Rodriguez, Mark Wilson, Austin Gorsh, Christopher Kerr, Elijah Ijeh, Josh Bellaire, Dan Slowik, Lee Piccinelli, and Taylor Blum.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Tyler Daugherty, Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman, Jarvis Ragland, Matt Poirier, Travis White, Jordan Townsend, Omar Moreno, Jeremy Weaks, Marcus Watson, David Kushnir, Emmanuel Moore, Doug Lillibridge, and Head Coach Robbie Sieverding.
The 2009-10 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 18-9 and tied for third place in the Iowa Conference at 10-6. The Spartans beat Cornell 58-57 the opening round of the IIAC Tournament before losing in the semifinals. Junior Taylor Blum (Guard) was named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Senior Josh Bellaire (Forward) was selected Second Team All-IIAC.
Jeremy Weaks earned Academic All-Iowa Conference for the third time.
2008-09 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Michael Taylor, Desmond Bradford, Elgin Rich, Dan Slowik, Ryan Tebbe, and Matt Brinkerhoff.
Middle Row: Asst. Coach Carlos Pittman, Taylor Blum, Brian Niesen, Mark Wilson, Austin Gorsh, Nick Walusayi, David Kushnir, Josh Bellaire, Asst. Coach Jon Davison, and Dan Essman.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman, Head Coach Robbie Sieverding, Marcus Watson, Demarvis Russell, Travis White, Chris Jetter, Jeremy Weaks, Michael Okpalaeze, Michael Peek, Matt Poirier, Ben Schreen, and Asst. Coach Justin Lettenberger.
The 2008-09 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 14-12 and tied for fith place in the Iowa Conference at 7-9. The Spartans lost in the opening round of the IIAC Tournament. Sophomore Taylor Blum (Guard) was named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Senior Michael Okapaleze (Center) and junior Josh Bellaire (Forward) were selected Honorable Mention All-IIAC.
Brian Niesen and Jeremy Weaks each earned Academic All-Iowa Conference. Nieson and Weaks also earned NABC Honors Court recognition.
2007-08 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Brian Niesen, Brett Schoenberger, Elgin Rich, Dan Vashinko, and Austin Gorsh.
Middle Row: Darryl Watkins, Matt Poirier, Ben Schreen, Jay Wagoner, Travis White, Ken Klinner, Tyler Daugherty, and Dan Essman.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Carlos Pittman, Head Coach Robbie Sieverding, Marcus Watson, Joshua Jones, Jeremy Weaks, Matt McDonald, Dre Porter, Michael Peek, Jesse Towles, Asst. Coach Justin Lettenberger, and Asst. Coach Marty Marshall.
The 2007-08 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 14-12 and fourth place in the Iowa Conference at 8-8 for first year head coach Robbie Sieverding. The Spartans beat Central 91-82 in the opening round of the IIAC Tournament before losing in the semifinals. Senior Tyler Daugherty (Guard) was named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Freshman Taylor Blum (Guard) was selected Honorable Mention All-IIAC. Daugherty also earned 3rd Team D3hoops.com All-Region.
Jeremy Weaks earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2006-07 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Asst. Coach Carlos Pittman, Josh Kueter, Landon Lederman, Sean Picha, Dan Essman, Austin Gorsh, Mike Harrington, and Shane Mangrich.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Robbie Sieverding, Asst. Coach Levi Burkett, Marcus Watson, Kenny Klinner, Jeremy Weaks, Jonathan Moore, Matt McDonald, Michael Peek, Joshua Jones, Norris Langford, Nick Thomas, Tyler Daugherty, Head Coach Marty McDermott, and Student Asst. Josh Gasser, and Asst. Coach Marty Marshall.
The 2006-07 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 11-14 and seventh place in the Iowa Conference at 5-11 for first year head coach Robbie Sieverding. Junior Tyler Daugherty (Guard) was named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Senior Nick Thomas (Forward) was selected 2nd Team All-IIAC. Daugherty led the IIAC in scoring at 20.7 points per game while Thomas finished third with 18.5 ppg. Thomas led the league in steals per game for the third straight year with 2.40.
2005-06 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: David Gonzalez, Jimmy Stowlman, Delwyn Borntrager, Dionicio Olalde, James Scott, Quinton Beasley, Shane Mangrich, and Marcus Carson.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Robbie Sieverding, Asst. Coach Carlos Pittman, Tyler Daugherty, Norris Langford, Garth Reid, Michael Peek, Jonathan Moore, Head Coach Marty McDermott, Andrew Fisch, Luke Stotmeister, Ryan Hahne, Nick Thomas, Asst. Coach Marty Marshall, Adam Kronfeldt, and Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman.
The 2005-06 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 14-10 and seventh place in the Iowa Conference at 6-10. Junior Nick Thomas (Forward) was named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Sophomore Tyler Daugherty (Guard) was selected 2nd Team All-IIAC. Thomas repeated as the IIAC leader in points per game at 20.0 and steals per game with 2.55.
2004-05 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Tyler Daugherty, Mike Hardyman, Luke Stotmeister, Justin Bohl, Nick Thomas, Patrick Neudegger, Nick Boyd, Levi Burkett, and Brad Felderman.
Back Row: Head Coach Marty McDermott, Student Asst. Josh Gasser, Matt Lux, Mike Taylor, Dan Wise, James Scott, Brad Deery, Michael Stretton, Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman, Asst. Coach Robbie Sieverding, and Asst. Coach.
The 2004-05 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 11-14 and fifth place in the Iowa Conference at 6-10. The Spartans lost in the opening round of the IIAC Tournament. Sophomore Nick Thomas (Forward) was named 1st Team All-Iowa Conference. Thomas led the IIAC in scoring at 25.6 points per game and with 2.80 steals per game. Thomas was also named Third Team D3hoops.com All-Region as the finished seventh in Division III in points per game and 11th in steals per game.
Levi Burkett and Matt Lux each earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2003-04 Men's Basketball Team
Front Row: Norris Langford, Vincent Hudson, Marlon Griffin, Andrew Fisch, Jason Watlington, Greg Mitchell, Travis Lambright, and Nick Thomas.
Middle Row: Student Asst., JD Henderson, George Toles, Ronny Weihmann, Matt Lux, Levi Burkett, Stephen Dobler, Michael Stretton, and Student Asst.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Dustin Bierman, Head Coach Marty McDermott, and Asst. Coach Robbie Sieverding.
The 2003-04 Men’s Basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 9-19 and ninth place in the Iowa Conference at 2-14 for first-year Head Coach Marty McDermott. Senior JD Henderson (Guard) was named Second Team All-Iowa Conference. Senior Marlon Griffin (14.2 points per game), Freshman Nick Thomas (14.0 ppg), and Henderson (13.7 ppg) all averaged double figure points per game. Henderson led the IIAC with 165 assists (6.60/game). Griffin led the league with 128 defensive rebounds (5.12/game).