A literal big man on campus, Dick
Syriac towered over his opponents on the basketball
hardcourt. A four-year team member of the Men’s Basketball
team, he also played on the Golf team during his sophomore and
junior years. As center for the Basketball team, Dick once held the
College’s record for most number of rebounds in a single game
(31). He set his mark his junior year, by breaking his own record
(30) set his sophomore year. Dick was selected to Massachusetts
State College Athletic Conference All-Star team three of his four
seasons on the court. During his sophomore campaign, he was chosen
to the All-New England Team. During the 1965-66 and 1967-68 school
year he was chosen as the team’s Most Valuable Player and
presented with the William McKeever Award.
At the end of his basketball career at the College, Dick had accumulated enough points to be distinguished as the College’s all time career scoring leader, a record he held until the mid 1980’s.