Gwynedd Mercy hoops leading the way in the Atlantic East Conference

Matt Leon
January 28, 2020 - 3:08 pm
Senior guard Rich Dunham is averaging a team best 17.8 points per game this season for Gwynedd Mercy University.

Courtesy of Gwynedd Mercy University Athletics

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As they approach the halfway point of conference play, the Division III Gwynedd Mercy University Griffins are setting the pace in the Atlantic East Conference.

The Griffins are 14-4 and a perfect 5-0 in the Atlantic East. They will bring a seven-game winning streak into Wednesday night's game at Wesley.

"I think the key so far has just been a lot of guys working hard as we try to figure out a consistent rotation," head coach John Baron told KYW Newsradio. 

Baron says they are getting great, consistent play out of a senior guard.

"Our best player right now is Rich Dunham from Pope John Paul High School in Royersford," he said. "He's been our leader and arguably in the conversation the last two years. He was Rookie of the Year (in the conference) as a freshman. Now as a senior, has done some really, really nice things over his years with a chance to be one of the all-time leading scorers (in program history). I think he's third or fourth right now, could possibly get as high as second."

This season, Dunham is averaging 17.8 points per game on 47% shooting from the field. He also leads the team in assists (57) and steals (41).

Baron talked about his team staying sharp as conference play grinds on.

"I really like how our schedule is in terms of that we play Wednesdays and Saturdays," he said. "It gives us two full days to prepare. I learned with our team last year, that playing with only one day between games is actually hard for our group. I think that really it's about focusing on the game plan and our league has seven teams, so we have six opponents and all of them vary in a lot of ways. So specifically figuring things out and having the team execute game plans and have limited mistakes in games is really what we're focusing on."

Next up for the Griffins is a Wednesday night road game at Wesley.

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