Historic Basketball Tourney to be Held
Eight teams will face off Dec. 4-6 during the 61st Annual Lee Fulmer Memorial Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Games are scheduled for 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. each of the three days, with the championship game wrapping up the tournament at 8 p.m. Dec. 6.
The historic event has become the longest, continuously running eight-team basketball tournament west of the Mississippi River. With 12 games in three days, it is the culmination of months of hard work by the teams, as well as Redlands staff.
The event was first played in 1947 as the "R" Tournament and was renamed the Redlands Invitational Tournament in 1951.
In 1983, the tournament became known as the Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament. The tournament honors Fulmer, who graduated from Redlands in 1951. Fulmer, a student-athlete while at Redlands, was twice named to the All-SCIAC basketball team and was selected once to the All-Conference baseball squad. In 1955, he returned to his alma mater as a teacher and coach, and remained at the university until 1982. Fulmer was reportedly known for motivating students both academically and athletically. He also established a number of traditions believed to have contributed to a sense of pride in the university and in Redlands athletics.
Redlands last won the tournament in 2006.
Contact: Rachel Roche