CHESTERTOWN — Washington College will honor arguably the greatest basketball team in school history Saturday when coach Tom “Fin Man” Finnegan and members of the 1990 Final Four team return to Cain Gymnasium.
Thirty years ago all of Kent County was caught up in the excitement of the college’s basketball team, which captured the Atlantic/Middle Atlantic Sectional at home before a busting-at-the-seams crowd estimated to be 1,200.
Washington went on to finish third in NCAA Division III, scoring an 87-86 victory over Calvin in the national consolation game. Calvin had been ranked as high as No. 2 in the country during the regular season.
The Shoremen (25-6) rallied from 17 points down with 17 minutes to play, winning on Chris Brandt’s short jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining.
Brandt finished with a game high of 34 points, bringing his single season total to a school-record 629.
The 1989-90 team included career 1,000-point scorers Tim Keehan (1,574), Chris “Bull” Jamke (1,360) and “Squirrel” Brandt (1,272) — all seniors — and then-freshman Darren Vican (1,146), who would go on to eclipse that milestone.
Finnegan ‘65, himself, totaled 1,120 points in only 38 games over two seasons at Washington after transferring from Seton Hall.
Finnegan (1964 and ‘65) and Keehan (1989, ‘90) are the only All-Americans in program history.
Finnegan heads the list of those from the historically great 1989-90 team who have said they will be here Saturday.
Others who are expected include hall of famers Keehan, Jamke and Brandt, Tim Liddy, Charles “Tank” Duckett, Pete Basel, Dan Dutton, Bill Baldwin, Phil Carr, Mike Swanson, Vican and Bill Weber.
Saturday is Basketball Alumni Day at Washington. It tips off with a women’s alumni game at 11 a.m. to be followed by a men’s alumni game at noon.
After an alumni reception in the Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium skybox, Washington will host Centennial Conference rival Dickinson in a twin bill — the women’s game at 2 p.m and the men’s game at 4 p.m.
At halftime of the men’s game, coach Finnegan and his team will be honored. Bryan Matthews ‘75 — hall of fame lacrosse player, former head men’s lacrosse coach and athletic director here — will serve as the emcee.
The public is encouraged to attend. Admission is free.