CHATHAM, NJ - It is becoming more obvious that there is a different look to the Chatham boys basketball team in 2016.
That's because three of the starters haven't shaved since the season started and they won't until the Cougars lose a game.
Chatham won its 11 straight game to start the season, 68-44, over Morristown-Beard on Cougar Night Saturday, assuring that the razors won't come out until Tuesday at the earliest, when the Cougars take their 11-0 record to Mount Olive.
"I shaved right before the home opener and I haven't shaved since," Chatham senior Colin McKenna said. "The football team had playoff beards and I thought it would be like a winning-streak beard. I didn't know how far it would go. I've been trying to get an excuse to grow one and I finally came up with one.
"My parents seem to like my beard now, but a couple weeks ago it was a little ugly. I won't touch my mustache, neck or anything. I won't shave until we lose."
McKenna, Jack Rooney, Stefan Goles and Graham LeMon are all keeping their facial hair during this run. McKenna and Rooney did their part to keep it alive, with each scoring a game-high 19 points for Chatham.
McKenna established the inside game early against the smaller team from Morristown-Beard (5-4), scoring on his first four shots of the game and producing 11 points in the first quarter when Chatham moved to a 14-9 lead.
The Cougars scored the first nine points of the second quarter to improve their lead to 23-14. John Burkard (9 points) ignited the run with a follow of a missed shot and then scored on a bank shot in the lane off a pass from Tristan LeMon.
Johnny Maurer followed with a 3-pointer in transition off a feed from Mac Bredahl. Bredahl capped the streak with a fast-break layup set up by a steal and pass from Rooney.
"It feels great to say undefeated, but you have to take one game at a time," Rooney said. "We've been saying that all year long."
Rooney's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 40 seconds in the second period handed Chatham a 31-16 advantage at the break.
Chatham hit seven 3-pointers in the game and the Cougars buried the visiting Crimson from behind the arc in the third period. Tristan LeMon hit a 3-pointer and Rooney hit two more in consecutive trips down the court to give Chatham a 40-22 lead.
In the final period, Rooney drained his fourth 3-pointer of the game, McKenna sank two free throws and LeMon dropped in his second 3-pointer for an 8-0 blitz that pushed the margin to 63-40.
"It was a good effort," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "I'm happy with it. I thought we defended real well. We did some good things on offense. I don't think we played great, but we'll take it."
Jack Rooney hits one of his four 3-pointers in the game
Johnny Maurer drains a 3-pointer off a pass from Mac Bredahl
John Burkard scores inside off a pass from Tristan LeMon