Dec. 30, 2010
Story courtesy of Biola Sports Information
LA MIRADA, Calif. — Biola University (Calif.) Head Coach Dave Holmquist become the 16th Men's Basketball coach to win 800 games as the Eagles cruised past the University of the Fraser Valley 73-44 in a non-conference game on Wednesday night at Chase Gymnasium.
The victory improves Holmquist's overall record in 34 years of coaching to 800-295, a remarkable .731 winning percentage. He also improves to 764-253 in 31 seasons at Biola.
“I appreciate being able to work at Biola and to have coached so many players that I have enjoyed so much,” said Holmquist. “So many of my closest friends are former players. It's a great feeling to have been here all of these years. I am really enjoying this year's team and am glad that it was able to happen with this group.”
With the 800th victory, Holmquist will join a short list of 15 coaching greats to reach 800 wins which includes Bobby Knight (902 wins), Mike Krzyzewski (879), Dean Smith (879), Jim Boeheim (843), and Jim Calhoun (833). Earlier this year, Larry Holley of the NAIA's William Jewel College (Mo.) became the latest addition to the club and currently has 809 victories.
Holmquist, who is in his 34th year of coaching including 31 at his alma mater, inherited a program which had not won more than 25 games in a season nor advanced to a national tournament prior to his arrival. However, currently the Eagles are averaging 25 wins a year and have reached the NAIA Tournament 17 times, the sixth-most appearances among active NAIA teams.
Curtis Eatmon scored 15 points in just 16 minutes to lead the Eagles (12-1) while Andrew Schroeder contributed 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting. The Cascades (4-10) were led by the 11 points of Sam Freeman.
The game got off to a close start with Fraser Valley jumping out to a quick 8-3 lead. Biola slowly chipped away and took its first lead near the half way point of the period at 17-16. With the score tied at 21-21, Biola came alive, using a 21-0 run spanning the half and lasting nearly eight minutes to take a commanding 42-21 lead.
The Eagles would hit 7-of-8 shots from the field to close out the first half while the Cascades missed all seven shots and committed four turnovers over the final eight minutes of the period.
After starting out hot, Fraser Valley hit just 29 percent from the field as Biola--the NAIA's top-ranked defense--clamped down. It was the fifth-straight game the Eagles had held their opponents to 50 or fewer points.
Biola closes out 2010 and look to get Coach Holmquist win No. 801 with a New Year's Eve game on Friday (Dec. 31), hosting the University of Calgary at 5:30 p.m. at Chase Gymnasium.
The Biola community will honor Coach Holmquist with a special ceremony as part of Dave Holmquist Day on Saturday, January 29, 2011. The Eagles host California Baptist University that night at 7:30 p.m. with the ceremony taking place immediately following the game.