FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University forwards Louis McCullough and Randy Williams were named to the Peach Belt Conference first-team All-Conference basketball squad, while Patriot head coach John Schweitz was tabbed as the conference’s “Coach of the Year.”
The trio helped lead Francis Marion to its most successful season ever, a 27-4 record, a No. 5 ranking in the final regular-season Top 25 poll, and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen.
Schweitz becomes the second FMU head coach to earn the post-season award, joining Ed Conroy, who was named in 1998. Schweitz came to Francis Marion as an assistant under Conroy in 1999. Schweitz’s charges won more games this past season than in the previous three years combined (24-56 record).
McCullough, a 6-6 junior from Goose Creek, averaged 17.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.4 assists per game. He ranked second in the Peach Belt in both scoring and blocked shots (48). He connected on 51.7 percent of his field goal attempts, including 44.2 percent of his three-point shots (third best in the PBC), and 80.5 percent of his free throw attempts (third best in the PBC).
He scored in double figures in 29 of 31 games, including ten 20-point contests, and led FMU with seven double-doubles. During FMU’s Sweet Sixteen loss to the eventual national champion Kennesaw State University, he became only the second Patriot to amass 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 blocked shots, and 100 steals during a career. He stands 10th on the Patriot career scoring list with 1,361 points, seventh on the rebounding list (651), third in career blocks (111), and 14th in career steals (100).
McCullough was a second team All-Peach Belt selection as a sophomore.
Williams, a 6-6 left-hander from Summerville, averaged 13.2 ppg and 6.2 rpg. He blocked 21 shots, recorded 29 steals, and was sixth in the PBC in field goal percentage at 56.9 percent. He also shot 62.3 percent from the foul line. He recorded four double-doubles this season, and exploded for a career-high 28 points (with 13 rebounds) in Francis Marion’s second-round NCAA tournament win over Bowie State University.
His per game averages (14.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 60.9 FG%) were even better in conference games as FMU captured the North Division title with a 15-1 PBC mark.
Joining McCullough and Williams on the first team All-PBC team were 6-5 senior guard Terrence Hill (Kennesaw State), 5-11 junior guard Yandel Brown (Columbus State University), 6-6 senior center Reggie McCoy (Kennesaw State), and 6-3 senior guard-forward Brian Bain (Armstrong Atlantic State University).
McCullough is a product of Garrett Academy of Technology in North Charleston, and he spent one season at Fork Union Military Academy. Williams graduated from Summerville High School and played two seasons at Spartanburg Methodist College before transferring to FMU. Prior to his first season at Francis Marion, Williams suffered an injury and missed the entire 2001-02 campaign.