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Published 11/3/2004

Owens Men's Basketball Host Express Tip-Off Classic, Nov. 5-6

The Owens Community College men's basketball team will take an overall 1-0 record into this weekend as they host the Express Tip-Off Classic, Friday-Saturday, November 5-6.

An Express victory on Friday will result in Head Coach Jim Welling vying for the 500th victory in his illustrious 19-year career at Owens on Saturday.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, the host Owens Express will face Kellogg Community College, while Hillsborough Community College will take on Wayne County Community College at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Consolation Game will occur at 1 p.m. The Tip-Off Classic championship contest will follow the Consolation Game and begin at 3 p.m.

Welling is beginning his 19th year as Head Coach of the Owens men's basketball program and currently holds a 498-114 overall record. He has led the Express to many notable achievements, including National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championships in 1992 and 1993, seven Great Lakes Region XII Championships, nine Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) State Tournament Championships and eight OCCAC Conference Championships.

Welling has been named "Coach of the Year" five times by the OCCAC, seven times by Region XII and twice by the NJCAA Division II. During the 2000-01 season, he recorded his 400th coaching victory at Owens. Since 1989, Welling has sent over 40 players to NCAA Division I programs. Overall, 90 percent of his student-athletes have gone on to play intercollegiate basketball at four-year academic institutions.

The Owens men's basketball program is currently ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll.

All home games are played at the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo. Admission to home games is free.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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