The Guilford men's basketball team had high hopes for the 2017-18 season. The Quakers were picked to finish first in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) poll and earned a #18 national ranking to open the year.
GC, however, posted a 15-12 overall record and were 10-6 in ODAC games. While those marks would be benchmark seasons for some programs, Guilford has been spoiled by recent success under Coach Tom Palombo.
The Quakers ended the 2017 portion of the schedule with a 5-6 record. GC split its first four games of the new year before going on a five-game winning streak against conference opposition.
Guilford closed the ODAC regular season with a convincing 89-57 Senior Day win over Shenandoah. Guilford's 32-point victory was its largest winning margin of the season. Carson Long had game-highs of 16 points and reached 1,000 career points in the contest. He was the 33rd Guilford men's basketball student-athlete to reach the milestone--the first since Matt McCarthy '15 in 2014.
The Quakers earned a home rematch with the Hornets for the opening round of the ODAC Tournament. GC matched its 89-point total and held SU to 78 points to advance to the conference quarterfinals. Jarrod Rogers and Marcus Curry scored 22 points apiece in the victory.
The season came to a close, however, following an 81-63 defeat to Washington and Lee in Salem, Va. Curry tallied 22 points to pace Guilford in the contest, which shot just 34.3 percent for the game and made only three-of-17 three-point shots.
Curry and Long earned All-ODAC men's basketball honors. Curry was selected to the first team and Long earned second-team recognition.
Curry, a 6-5, 205-pound forward, led the Quakers' offense and ranks among ODAC leaders in multiple categories. He averaged 16.2 points-per-game and was sixth in ODAC field-goal percentage (53.8%). Curry also tops the Quakers in free-throw percentage (79.8%) and averages 2.8 assists per game. He posted a career-high 31 points in the season opener that led to a 98-88 Quakers' victory over rival Greensboro College.
Long, a 6-4, 205-pound forward, was second on the team and 17th in the ODAC in points per game (14.0). He recorded a career-high 36 points against Huntingdon College at the Daly Seven Tip-Off, and tallied a personal-best 17 rebounds against league-rival Lynchburg College in February.
Curry, Long and as many as 17 other Quakers will return next year and will look to improve on this season. Seniors Trevor Hyatt and Rogers closed their GC careers in 2018.