Caldwell College Cougars Open Men’s Basketball Season Friday at FDU

Credits: Matt McLagan

CALDWELL, NJ - The Caldwell College men’s basketball team is set to begin the 2013-14 regular season at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. The Cougars have four starters among eight players back from last season’s team that finished 8-20.

Tickets for the game, which will be played in the Rothman Center, are $10 for reserved seats and $7 for general admission. The center is located at 1000 River Road, TeaneckClick here for directions.

The game will be the third consecutive contest against a Division I team for the Cougars, who played exhibition games against Rutgers University and Seton Hall University on Friday and Saturday last week. Friday night’s meeting with Fairleigh Dickinson will be the second time the two teams have played, as the Knights beat the Cougars, 77-73 on February of 1988 during Caldwell’s inaugural season of men’s basketball.

Against Rutgers last week, junior forward Michael Balkovic (Neptune, NJ/St. John Vianney) recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds in a 90-60 defeat. Junior guard Wyatt Polk (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) and sophomore forward Terik Bridgeman (Harlem, NY/Nia Prep) added 12 points apiece. Balkovic, an all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference third team selection in 2012-13, and Polk were the team’s two leading scorers last season, averaging 16.6 and 14.3 points per game, respectively. Bridgeman is a transfer from William Paterson University, where he averaged 10.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest as a freshman.

In the Cougars’ 67-49 loss to Seton Hall, Polk and sophomore guard Dawan Lighty (Paterson, NJ/Kennedy) each scored 11 points to lead Caldwell. Lighty averaged 8.8 points per game as a freshman and was named the CACC Rookie of the Week twice.

The game against the Knights also will be a reunion of sorts for freshman forward Christian Owona (White Hall, MD/John Carroll) and his brother, Mike Owona, a freshman center for FDU. The two natives of Cameroon will face each other in their first games as collegians.

The Cougars open their home schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 13 with a non-conference game against Mercy College in the George R. Newman Center.

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