FEYYAZ BASKENT '73|
A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Feyyaz Baskent played soccer at Binghamton in 1971 and 1972. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1973, and later received his PhD in chemistry in 1979. In two seasons, Baskent went from an elite goal-scorer to an equally adept goal-stopper - a rare soccer accomplishment, particularly at the collegiate level.
After transferring in 1971 from Broome Community College, where he was a junior college All-American, Baskent led the Colonials and all of New York State with 22 goals in 14 games. He scored a school-record five goals in one contest, including four consecutive goals in a 10-minute span. Baskent added one assist during that victory to set Binghamton's single-game points record (11). His 22 goals ranked 14th in the nation.
One year later, Baskent scored 11 goals in seven games at forward before taking over the goalkeeping duties, where he led Binghamton to four shutouts, eight consecutive wins, an historic victory against national power Hartwick, and the school's first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship.
He was named an All-State goalie in 1972, and graduated after scoring 33 goals with eight assists in just 21 games as a field player. He ranks third among the school's all-time scoring leaders and still holds five other records. The Colonials owned a 22-8-1 record during his tenure.
A team captain and two-year MVP, Baskent was named the school's "Athlete of the Year" in 1972-73.
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