College Men’s Basketball News – Guilford’s Palombo, Long Claim NABC District Honors

Posted by Press Release on March 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm under College, Photos | Comments are off for this article

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Guilford College head men’s basketball coach Tom Palombo was chosen as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-South District Coach of the Year Wednesday, his third time receiving the award. Sophomore Carson Long (Pilot Mountain, N.C./East Surry) also added to his list of postseason accolades with his selection to the NABC’s Division III All-South District Second Team. Long is the first Quaker so honored since Matt McCarthy ’15 in 2015.

Tom Palombo - Guilford

Palombo, who also was named the district’s top coach in 2007 and 2009, led the Quakers to a 24-6 overall finish, 13-3 in conference play. Guilford is ranked 23rd in the latest Top 25 Poll and was tabbed second in the final NCAA Division III South Region Rankings. After winning the league’s regular-season crown and the ODAC Tournament title, Guilford advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the fifth time in Palombo’s tenure at Guilford. The Quakers won their first-round game, 74-54, over Thomas More College, before being knocked out in the second round by seventh-ranked Marietta College.

Palombo also received the ODAC’s Bob Johnson Coach of the Year Award for a record-tying fourth time in February. The Quakers’ 75-60 victory over Shenandoah University January 7 marked his 500th overall basketball coaching victory. A 1989 Virginia Wesleyan College graduate, Palombo boasts a 272-118 record in 14 seasons as the Quakers’ coach and a 372-181 mark in 20 overall seasons as a men’s mentor.

Carson Long - Guilford 2019

Long enjoyed a breakout season in his second year with the program. The 6-4, 210-pound forward was named First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the ODAC Tournament. Earlier this week, he received Third Team All-South Region laurels. Long scored a club-high 14.2 points per game, ninth-best in the league. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds and a team-high 2.2 three-pointers per contest. Long scored in double figures 23 times, including five 20-point games and a pair of 30-point outings. His career-high 32 points on 15-for-20 shooting led the Quakers over conference-rival Eastern Mennonite University, 94-88, November 30. Long’s three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation lifted Guilford to a road victory over ODAC-foe Washington and Lee University, 68-66. He tallied 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in a February 1 win over Randolph College for his first college double-double.

Palombo expects as many as 14 letter winners back next fall, including Long.

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