BOULDER - University of Colorado men's basketball head coach Jeff Bzdelik announced Wednesday that senior Dwight Thorne II and junior Cory Higgins were named captains for the upcoming 2009-10 season. Both earned the honor for the second straight year.
Thorne II, the lone senior on the team, enters his senior campaign coming off his best season-to-date finishing second in team scoring (12.0 ppg.), steals (35), made field goals (128) and made free throws (70). He was the team leader with 45 3-pointers.
Thorne, a native of Arlington, Texas, was also selected one of 10 NCAA Division I student-athletes to participate on an Athletes In Action (AIA) team last summer against teams in Poland and Germany.
Higgins, originally from Danville, Calif., also enters the new season after a stellar sophomore campaign that earned him an All-Big 12 Conference third team selection. Higgins was also associated with elite company last year as one of 13 players nationally ranked first or second on their team in five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks). He was the only sophomore on that list.
In addition to averaging a team-best 17.4 points per game in 2008-09, Higgins enters his junior year 196 points shy of scoring 1,000 and becoming the 26th player in CU men's history to tally that many in a career.
The CU men's basketball team officially tips-off the regular season this Friday, Nov. 13 in their home opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. The Buffaloes will also play host Coppin State (Nov. 16) and Texas Southern (Nov. 18) at the Coors Events Center, before traveling to the EA Sports Maui Invitational, Nov. 23-25.
Admission for Friday's game against the Lions is $1 for an Adult & CU Student with FREE admission for kids 13 & under wearing CU colors. There will also be FREE Nike CU Basketball t-shirts for CU Student Sports Pass Holders.
All students will have a chance to win a $200 Apple gift card.
For the remainder of the non-conference schedule (both men's & women's games), adult admission will be only $5, and all kids 13 & under are FREE, if they are wearing CU colors.