Canyon County rivals NNU, C of I squaring off in Caldwell

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comNovember 4, 2013 

Marty Holly was the 2013 Cascade Conference Athletic Director of the Year. The College of Idaho’s athletics facility in his name is the first new building on campus since the Village Apartments were built in 2002.

New College of Idaho men’s basketball coach Scott Garson will make his home debut Tuesday night against the Coyotes’ most familiar foe.

The Coyotes will host Northwest Nazarene at 7 p.m. in the Canyon County colleges’ 195th meeting, a rivalry dating back to 1934. Garson will seek to end a seven-game NNU winning streak, tied for the longest winning streak ever in the rivalry.

Garson, who came to Caldwell from UCLA, is 2-2 in his tenure, losing to Montana Western and Rocky Mountain in a tournament in Dillon, Mont., then winning twice last weekend against Walla Walla and Carroll in La Grande, Ore.

The Coyotes are averaging 98 points per game, led by senior Antonio Garrett’s 19.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.

Tuesday’s matchup will be the first game for the Crusaders, who were selected to finish eighth in the 10-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches. NNU returns one starter from last season’s squad — junior forward Kevin Rima (11.2 points, 7.5 rebounds per game in 2012-13).

The Crusaders are led by third-year coach Dave Daniels, who is 25-27 in his two seasons at the helm, but 4-0 against the Coyotes.

C of I names facility after Marty Holly

The College of Idaho announced Monday it has named its soon-to-be-completed $4 million athletics facility the Marty Holly Athletics Center, after longtime Athletic Director Marty Holly, who is in his 33rd year at the school.

Slated to open next summer, the facility will provide training and support for its athletics teams, including the reinstated football program, which will begin play next fall after a 37-year absence.

Dave Southorn: 377-6420;Twitter: @IDS_Southorn

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