By Tony McClean
Updated: October 17, 2007

BRISTOL, CT.— Way back in March, just before the start of the MLB season, I served up something we called “The Ultimate Baseball Trivia Quiz”. Today, we switch gears and give you BASN’s “Ultimate Basketball Trivia Quiz”. As we did before, we hope to jar your hoop memories and educate you a little as well.

Let’s get started. Here’s an easy one to begin.

1. What Hall of Famer is the all-time leading scorer for the CIAA?

Answer: Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. After averaging just seven points a game as a freshman, Monroe led the nation in scoring as a senior at 41.5 PPG as a senior in 1967. He helped lead Winston-Salem State to its only Division II National Championship that season and finshed with 2,935 career points. The Philly native was the Baltimore Bullets’ 1st round pick (2nd overall) in the 1967 NBA Draft. After being traded to the New York Knicks in 1971, Monroe was a member of the Knicks’ last NBA championship team in 1973. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 and was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players six years later.

2. What current Division I head coach was the first player in Bethune-Cookman history to score over 3,000 career points?

Answer: Temple’s John Chaney. Another native of Philly, Chaney finished his Wildcat career (1930-53) with over 3,000 career points and helped lead BCC to an SIAC title in 1953. Before coming to Temple in 1982, he helped lead Cheyney State to a Division II National Championship in 1978. The 3-time all-SIAC standout, who once scored 57 points in a game, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

3. What player was the MEAC’s first 3-time Player of the Year?

Answer: Morgan State’s Marvin Webster. Known as “The Human Eraser” in his days with the Bears, Webster was the league’s best player from 1973-75. He remains the conference’s all-time leader in rebounds (2,267) and blocked shots (839). After beginning his pro career with the Denver Nuggets in the final season of the ABA, Webster went on to play with the Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knicks, and Milwaukee Bucks. By the way, the only other 3-time MEAC Player of the Year was North Carolina’s A&T Joe Binion from 1982-84.

4. Which current women’s coach is the only one to take two different Division I HBCU schools to the NCAA Tournament?

Answer: Hampton’s Patricia Bibbs. Before taking the Lady Pirates to the NCAA Tournament in 2000, Bibbs led Grambling State to six SWAC titles and three NCAA appearances (1994, 1995, 1997). During the 1997 season, Bibbs was the first SWAC coach to finish undefeated (14-0) in league play.

5. Staying with women’s hoop, what current coach coached the last HBCU to win a women’s national championship?

Answer: James Sweat. While still a member of the CIAA, Sweat led Hampton to the 1988 Division II Championship. The Lady Pirates, who finished 33-1 that season, defeated West Texas State 65-48 for the crown. Their only loss that season came to Virginia State (80-73) in the CIAA Tournament following a 30-game winning streak. Sweat is currently the head coach at Norfolk State and led the Lady Spartans to the NCAA Tournament in 2002 after winning the MEAC Tournament.

6. What HBCU player holds the NCAA record for most assists in a single season?

Answer: Southern’s Avery Johnson. In 1988, Johnson dished out 399 assists while with the Jaguars. That along with his 13.3 APG average is still a Division I record. The New Orleans native also shares the Division I record for most assists in one game. He had 22 in a game against Texas Southern on January 25, 1988. After toiling in the USBL, Johnson played with five NBA teams before winning an NBA crown with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.

7. Finally, which HBCU player was the last to lead the nation in scoring in consecutive seasons?

Answer: Texas Southern’s Harry “Machine Gun” Kelly. During his time with the Tigers, Kelly became the first player in Division I history to score over 3,000 points and collect over 1,000 rebounds. In his final two seasons at TSU, he led the nation in scoring in 1982 (29.7 PPG) and 1983 (28.8). Kelly is the only four-time Player of the Year in SWAC history and finshed his career with 3,066 points and 1,085 rebounds.