Men's Basketball Hosts 35th Annual Lopata Classic

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WashU (3-2) vs. No. 25 Pomona-Pitzer (4-0)
Friday, Nov. 30 • 7 p.m. (CT)

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WashU (3-2) vs. Alma (0-3)/UW-Platteville (1-2)
Saturday, Dec. 1 • 5/7 p.m. (CT)
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Download the 35th Annual Lopata Classic Program HERE (PDF).

BEAR HEADLINES – The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team hosts the 35th Annual Lopata Classic on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at the WU Field House. The Bears take on No. 25-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (4-0) Friday at 7 p.m., and then either Alma or Wisconsin-Platteville Saturday at 5 or 7 p.m.

HEAD COACH PAT JUCKEM – WashU head coach Pat Juckem (Lawrence, 1995) was named the 24th men's basketball coach in program history on May 1, 2018. Juckem arrives on the Danforth Campus after spending the past six seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He compiled a 95-73 (.565) record at UW-Oshkosh. He also spent seven seasons at Coe (2006-12), and has 202-155 (.566) overall record in 14 seasons as a head coach.

UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Sophomore guard Jack Nolan was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week after averaging 20.3 points per game as WashU posted a 2-1 record last week. Nolan was named MVP of the Nicholas Investments Thanksgiving Classic in Waukesha, Wis. after averaging 22 points per contest over the weekend. He scored a career-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting in an 89-70 win over Carthage.

BEAR TRACKS – WashU has three student-athletes averaging doubles figures through the first five games of the 2018-19 season: Nolan (20.0), freshman forward Justin Hardy (14.6) and junior guard Matt Nester (13.8).

– Hunter leads the UAA field-goal percentage (.677), while Nolan is tops in scoring (20.0 ppg).

– WashU has outrebounded all five opponents this season, and ranks second in the UAA in rebounding margin (+8.6).

– Nester averaged 18 points per game and hit 8-of-11 from three-point range to earn Nicholas Investments Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team honors.

UP NEXT – WashU hosts Principia College (1-3) in a non-conference game on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.