Basketball Coach Claims 300th Win
St. John Fisher College men's basketball head coach Rob Kornaker won his 300th career game on Thursday, Dec. 29, as the Cardinals posted a 95-67 victory over Colby-Sawyer College in the second game of the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Tournament.
Now in his 16th season at Fisher, Kornaker owns a career record of 300-123 (.709 winning percentage). He is just one of only three coaches in the storied history of men's basketball at Fisher and needs 11 more wins to tie Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Bobby Wanzer for career victories at Fisher.
Under Kornaker, the Cardinals have enjoyed eight seasons with 20 or more or wins, seven trips to the NCAA Division III Championship, and six Empire 8 Conference titles.
“I had no idea that this was my 300th win until after the game was over, and I was completely shocked,” said Kornaker after the game. “It’s really humbling to think of the wins we’ve had, but it's a testament to all the hard work that has been put in by the assistant coaches I’ve had over the years, and obviously the players we’ve had. They are the ones who deserve all the credit.”
Fisher opened the game with a 10-0 run and used a 7-0 spurt over the final minute of the stanza to take a 41-23 lead at the break. Keegan Ryan tallied his 35th career double-double in the first 20 minutes tallying 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Ryan Henderson and Jake Haight each scored nine first-half points.
The Cardinals stayed in control for the remainder of the game, shooting 6-of-8 from beyond the arc over the final 20 minutes.
Ryan led the Cardinals with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Henderson finished with a career-high 14 points. Haight also finished with 14 points, tying his career-high, while snagging a career-high 10 rebounds to post his first-ever double-double. Tyler English scored 16 points as well.
Dan Vaulman was 3-of-4 from 3-point range and finished with nine points, while Sammy Robinson and Alex Sausville each finished with five points. Michael D’Amico led the Cardinals with four assists.