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Ingram 3rd top scorer in College Bowl Nationals

April 25, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College senior Benjamin Wall Ingram was the third-highest scorer in the College Bowl National Tournament and received the 2005 Pat Moonen Sportsperson Award during the tournament this weekend in Seattle, Wash. Wofford placed 12th in the field of 16 teams in its first appearance in the national tournament.

Wofford won the Region 5 Championship in February, defeating 14 other teams to qualify for the nationals.

Ingram, a mathematics major from Florence, S.C., was one of the eight All-Stars for the tournament that included 73 players from teams from throughout the country. He earned that spot as the third-highest individual scorer, with a total of 730 points and an average of 48.67 points per game.

Ingram’s competitors described him as “very intense but very courteous at the same time – an uncommon combination,” when nominating him for the sportsmanship award. “He’s friendly, genuinely interested in other people, and respects the game,” another said. “An absolute Southern gentleman.”

Rounding out the Wofford team were juniors Benjamin McCraw of Inman, S.C., and Melia Brannon of Taylors, S.C., and freshmen Tejas Doshi and Vedhas Doshi, both of Moore, S.C. They are coached by Dr. Natalie Grinnell, Dr. Mark Byrnes and Matt Cathey, all Wofford professors.

Wofford had a 5-10 record in the tournament, posting wins over the University of New Mexico, Harding University, the University of Pittsburgh, SUNY Stony Brook and Georgia.