Men's Basketball Alumni Return for Alumni Day 2012
Feb. 20, 2012
A record-setting turnout for Men’s Basketball Alumni Day set the tone for a heart-pounding day of DePaul Basketball as the Blue Demons fell short in an overtime loss, 90-82, to No. 19/18 Louisville Cardinals on February 18.
The day kicked-off with more than 160 alumni and their guests gathering in the Champions Club Room at Allstate Arena for a pre-game reception. Alumni, spanning seven decades, had the chance to interact with Athletic Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto, former teammates, and listen to a pre-game chalk-talk delivered by former NBA player, and 1986-88 DePaul men’s basketball alum, Kevin Edwards.
“I feel honored to be in the DePaul basketball alumni family. It was a great feeling to see so many former players lined up for the halftime presentation. I was honored to be alongside many great players such as Emmette Bryant, Dick Triptow and David Booth, just to name a few,” said Kevin Edwards.
Just before the tip-off, alumni lined up on the baseline for the singing of the National Anthem.
Dick Triptow, Emmette Bryant and the class of 1978 who reached the NCAA Regional Finals were recognized during the special media time-out presentation. The 1978 team included: Randy Ramsey, Joe Ponsetto, Gary Wydra, Dave Corzine, Tom Barr, and William Dise.
Dick Triptow played for the Blue Demons from 1940-
From 1944 to 1949, Triptow played in the National Basketball League (
Emmette Bryant played for the Blue Demons from 1961-1964. In addition, Bryant played in the NBA for eight seasons as a member of the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Buffalo Braves. Bryant won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1969.
Last, but not least, the class of 1978 led by captain Joe Ponsetto, also known as the Godfather, and All-American Dave Corzine, reached the NCAA Regional Finals in 1978.
Alumni in attendance were recognized during a special half-time presentation on the Ray and Marge Meyer Court as Athletic Director, Jean Ponsetto and Vice Chancellor Rev. Charles Shelby acknowledged former men’s basketball participants.
Following the game, alumni gathered for an Ice-Cream social with Coach Oliver Purnell and current players. Coach Purnell greeted alumni and expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the hard work and dedication they contributed to the program.
NOTES: Special thanks to all alumni in attendance. Your continued support of the men’s basketball program and DePaul athletics is greatly appreciated. Please continue to help us in our efforts to build the men’s alumni email database. If you know of a former player who does not receive email or mail correspondence in regards to DePaul Basketball, please have them contact Mario Stula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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