January 11, 2010

1970 Final Four team to be honored on Jan. 16

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure fans will get a chance to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the men’s basketball program’s Final Four appearance with the historic team that accomplished the feat on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The 1969-70 Final Four team that finished with a 25-3 overall record will be honored at halftime of the Brown and White’s A-10 contest against Saint Joseph’s. Gametime at the Reilly Center is slated for 7 p.m.

Members of the team including NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and former head coach Larry Weise will be in attendance. Lanier scored 2,067 points over his career in which he led the Brown and White to a 65-12 record. The Buffalo, N.Y. native’s #31 is retired in the RC rafters, while the court was named after him in October of 2007. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Weise posted a 202-90 record over his 12 seasons at the helm from 1961-73.

The Bonnies defeated Davidson, North Carolina State and Villanova to advance to the 1970 Final Four at Cole Fieldhouse in College Park, Md. St. Bonaventure opened the 1969-70 season with 12 straight wins and after suffering their first loss at Villanova, the Bonnies responded with 13 consecutive victories.

1969-70 Final Four Team
Players
Tom Baldwin
Gene Fahey
Matt Gantt
Greg Gary
Paul Grys
Paul Hoffman
Bill Kalbaugh
Mike Kull
Bob Lanier
Dale Tepas
Vic Thomas
Peter Wisniowski
Jim Halloran

Coaches & Staff
Larry Weise
Bob Sassone
Fred Handler
Dick Giglotti – Athletic Trainer