Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Louisville's Donovan Mitchell Declares for NBA Draft

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell has declared for the NBA Draft but doesn't plan to hire an agent at this time.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Louisville's Deng Adel Just Ruined a Michigan Player's Entire Tournament

Louisville's Deng Adel just put a Michigan defender on a poster.

Ouch!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Morehead State Names Preston Spradlin Head Coach

Morehead State has removed the interim tag from Preston Spradlin and officially named him head coach.


Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Preston Spradlin, who spent the majority of the 2016-17 season as interim head coach and just concluded his third season with the program, has been named the 14th head men's basketball coach at Morehead State.

"First off, I am so grateful to President Wayne D. Andrews, Brian Hutchinson, and our administration for the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program and to represent Morehead State University and the community of Morehead," said Spradlin. "As a native Kentuckian, and more importantly, as someone that has been a part of the Morehead State family for the past three seasons, I fully understand how special this university is and I am honored to continue serving our student-athletes in all facets and am eager to reignite our passionate fan base."

"Preston emerged through a rigorous process that demonstrated truly how special this job is in the basketball community," said President Wayne D. Andrews. "I have appreciated his good work throughout this season and know his values will help us continue to achieve our goals at a very high level."

"Preston exhibits many fine qualities that I look for when considering head coaching candidates," said Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson. "His knowledge of our basketball program is unique, which gives him a head start in building towards our short term goals. Most importantly, he's a student-first coach that will undoubtedly lead us to achieving our long term goals in the OVC and nationally. I'm honored to have Preston lead our men's basketball program for years to come. He's earned the job and we need the Eagle Empire to rally behind him and this program."

Spradlin officially took on the interim head coaching position on Dec. 15, 2016, nine games into the season after the Eagles opened with a 2-7 record. He then guided Morehead State to a 12-9 record the rest of the way and a 10-6 mark in OVC play, which ranked second in the league.

At the conclusion of the season, he finished second to Belmont's Rick Byrd in OVC Coach of the Year voting.

Following the 2015-16 season, Spradlin was named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) 2016 Under Armour 30-Under-30-Team, which recognizes 30 men's basketball coaches across the country that are under the age of 30.

Spradlin came to Morehead State after five seasons with national power Kentucky. He spent two campaigns (2009-11) as a graduate assistant with the Wildcats before three years as the assistant director of operations (2011-14).

Spradlin, a native of Pikeville, Ky., worked with the Dominican Republic National Team during the summers of 2011 and 2012. The squad reached its highest finish and won the bronze medal in the Tournament of the America's Olympic Qualifier in 2011 and came within one game of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

Spradlin earned a bachelor's degree in history from Alice Lloyd (Ky.) in 2009 and master's degree in kinesiology and health promotion, with a sports leadership emphasis, from Kentucky in 2011. He was a four-year men's basketball letterwinner for the NAIA Eagles from 2005-09.

Spradlin, a 2005 graduate of Betsy Layne High School (Ky.), is married to the former Misty Tackett. The couple has one son, Bentley, who was born on June 19, 2012.

What they are saying about Coach Spradlin...

John Calipari - Kentucky Head Men's Basketball Coach

"I am so proud of Preston. He was a valuable member of our staff. Being from Eastern Kentucky, I'm sure it is a dream come true for him to get this position and there's no doubt in my mind that he will make the school and their fans proud."

Mitch Barnhart - Kentucky Athletics Director

"In the five years he spent with us at Kentucky, we all saw the kind of coach and the kind of man Morehead State has in Preston Spradlin. His work ethic, mind for the game, and ability to lead young people are truly special. Those qualities were all on display in the incredible work he did stepping in as interim coach this season. We are thrilled for Preston, Misty and Bentley, and look forward to his continued success."

Paul Biancardi - ESPN Men's Basketball National Recruiting Director

"I first met Preston at the University of Kentucky and came away impressed with his communication skills and humble personality. This year I watched several of his games as the interim head coach at Morehead State. His team played with passion and you could see they were connected as a group. He did an outstanding job leading his team in a stressful situation because he always made it about the players first. Morehead State found the right candidate in Preston Spradlin to lead their program in the competitive Ohio Valley Conference."

Seth Greenberg - Former Virginia Tech Head Men's Basketball Coach and ESPN Analyst

"Preston Spradlin is the total package. He can coach, teach, and mentor. He has impeccable character and a work ethic second to none. He is a home run hire."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Morehead State is Close to Hiring a Coach

I'm told by a good source that Morehead State University is close to hiring a men's basketball coach.

I can confirm a report by Jeff Goodman that the two finalists for the job are interim head coach Preston Spradlin and Pittsburgh assistant coach Jeremy Ballard.

I would expect a decision soon with an announcement coming as soon as Friday.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kentucky Christian Comes Up Short in NCCAA DII National Title Game

Kentucky Christian came up short in Sunday's NCCAA Division II national championship game.

The Knights were defeated 89-70 by No. 4 Randall University.

Here's a recap from KCU:

Ankeny, IA - The Knights season was a great journey that didn't end the way we had all hoped. After winning two highly contested games at the National Tournament, the Knights fell short in the Championship game to the #4 seed Randall University, 89-70.

The first half was very competitive with the Knights taking an eight point lead followed by a Saints rally leaving the score at the half 36-33 in favor of Randall.

As the game went on, the Knights slowly ran out of gas. They played hard, but the previous games had taken their toll.

Hayden Dunn gave a valiant effort scoring 19 points and bringing down nine rebounds for the Knights. Trenton Walker again left everything on the floor adding 11 points and six rebounds. Nick Miller and Conner Gauze were also in double figures with 10 and 12 points, respectively.

Like the Lady Knights, free throws and offensive rebounds plagued the Knights as they tried to battle back. Randall was led by Xavier Hunter with 22 points and Adam Morales with 21 points and six assists. Both players were named to the All Tournament Team. The Knights Hayden Dunn and Owens Crawford were also among the recipients.

The Knights fought hard and never gave up. They look to return to the National Tournament next season as all the players on their roster will be back. Congratulations to the Knights on a very memorable season!!

Bellarmine University Rolls Into Sweet 16 with Big Win Over Quincy

Bellarmine hammered Quincy 93-64 Sunday to roll into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

The Knights will battle Findlay tonight at 7:00 p.m. for a shot at that national quarterfinals.

Here's a recap of Saturday's win from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With a little over five minutes left in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinals, Rusty Troutman and Adam Eberhard exited the court together and took a seat.

The Bellarmine University men's basketball duo helped create a masterpiece Sunday evening at Knights Hall. And they got to soak it all in as the finishing touches were put on it.

The second-ranked Knights got 27 points apiece from Troutman and Eberhard as they steamrolled into the Sweet 16 of the DII NCAA Tournament with a 93-64 lambasting of Quincy.

"It was an incredible, extraordinary performance against a very, very good basketball team," Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport said. "They're a senior team, five of the seven seniors redshirted. We have as much respect for them as anybody we've had all year, because they're winners. They proved that last night (in a win over Kentucky Wesleyan)."

Freshman forward Ben Weyer added 12 points for top-seeded Bellarmine (30-3), which will meet sixth-seeded Findlay at 7 p.m. (ET) Tuesday in the regional final. Fifth-seeded Quincy finished the season 25-7.

Winners of 16 straight games, Bellarmine shot 54.5 percent and limited Quincy to 41.4 percent. The Knights took exceptional care of the ball, tying a season best with only six turnovers while forcing 16, and posted a plus-four rebounding advantage. Led by junior guard Tyler Jenkins, Bellarmine amassed 24 assists, the same amount of field goals compiled by Quincy.

"The preparation from last night through the walk-through today to our film session left me speechless," Davenport said. "From the assistant coaches to the players to the captains, it was one through 14 locked in. I'm very, very proud of them. I've been at a lot of levels in this game, a lot of tournament competition, that turnaround and that execution from game plan to competition was incredible."

First-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selections Troutman and Eberhard were unstoppable. A senior guard, Troutman erupted for 21 points in the first half as he drilled five 3-pointers in leading the Knights to a 48-28 lead. Troutman finished 9 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. He also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Eberhard scored 14 points in the first half and 13 in the second. The sophomore forward made 11 of his 14 shots and added eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Behind Eberhard, Bellarmine had a 44-28 advantage in points in the paint against a Hawks squad that often possesses a dominant interior game.

Troutman spotted Eberhard for a layup on Bellarmine's opening possession and the Knights were off. Eberhard scored 10 points and Troutman nailed his first 3-pointer as Bellarmine blazed out to a 15-2 lead.

Quincy responded and got back within four before trailing 31-24 with 5:42 left in the first half. Bellarmine followed with the decisive run of the game, a 17-2 surge where the sizzling Troutman drained three 3-pointers in a span of a little over two minutes. The result was a commanding 48-28 advantage at the intermission.

Quincy opened the second half on a 5-0 run, but the Hawks' comeback hopes were extinguished when Eberhard scored the first seven points in a 9-0 burst that extended the lead to 24. The advantage never dipped below 19 thereafter.

"They had a blast when they were getting each other shots, and that's what extraordinary teams do," Davenport said.

Evan McGaughey scored 19 points and Marcus Hinton added 14 for Quincy. Bellarmine shot 59.4 percent in the second half against the Hawks.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Union College Advances to NAIA DII National Championship Game

The Union College Bulldogs (34-3) have knocked off Indiana Wesleyan to advance to the NAIA Division II national championship game.

The Bulldogs have now won 32 consecutive games.

They will play No. 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) in the championship game tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here's a recap of today's win over No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan:

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – One. More. Game.

Top-seeded Union College pieced together one of its best overall games of the season in registering a 92-80 victory on Monday over No. 4-ranked Indiana Wesleyan to advance to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship title game.

The Bulldogs now have won 32 games in a row, upping their overall record to 34-3. Union will face No. 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

Mike Martin (SR/Flint, Mich.) scored the game's first points, but Indiana Wesleyan reeled off the next seven to take a 7-2 lead with 18:14 to go in the half. In what has become commonplace for the Bulldogs, the team responded with a 17-4 run to seize a 19-11 advantage. Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) buried the first of his three 3-pointers of the night to give Union the eight-point lead at the 13:22 mark.

From that point on, Union never trailed again.

"Obviously, Indiana Wesleyan is a superb team," said head coach Kevin Burton. "I thought we were really aggressive … and that our mentality was better than any technicality of the ballgame as far as execution and that sort of thing."

A big key for the Bulldogs was their work on the glass. Union outrebounded Indiana Wesleyan 45-33 and hauled in 17 offensive boards. The Bulldogs tallied 13 second-chance points, while only allowing the Wildcats (29-8) to net seven.

"Our mentality helped us rebound the basketball," noted Burton.

Once Union built the eight-point lead, the margin never dipped below six as it took a 46-35 lead into the half.

The Bulldogs came out of the locker room on fire, quickly stretching the lead to 52-35 thanks to a Martin 3-pointer and an old-fashioned, three-point play from Newby.

Still, Indiana Wesleyan did not wilt until the pressure. The Wildcats fought back with an 11-2 run, cutting the deficit to 54-46 following a Jacob Johnson basket with 14:27 to play.

Once again, Union found the answer it needed in an 11-0, which was capped by three consecutive 3-pointers – two from Sam Natt (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.) and one from Newby. The rally pushed the lead to 70-50 with 11:10 remaining.

"When we had a big lead and they, of course, made their run," said Burton. "I really liked how aggressive we were offensively, looking for open looks. Their full-court defense kind of spaced out the defense for us to get some open looks."

Indiana Wesleyan countered with a 10-0 run of its own to make it 70-60 with 7:21 to play. Union pushed the lead back up to 17, yet Indiana Wesleyan would not go away. The Wildcats rallied yet again and made it an 83-74 contest after a pair of Joel Okafor free throws with 1:46 to play.

The Bulldogs, though, put the clamps down and closed out the game by hitting 9-of-12 free throws down the stretch to lock up the 92-80 victory. Martin scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Bulldogs. He scored 20 or more points one other time this season, netting 20 against Montreat (N.C.) on Jan. 28.

"He's a high-energy guy," Burton said of Martin. "Defensively, he's been really good for us. In the last couple games, he's been very, very effective for us defensively. … He's a good finisher around the rim. He's a good scorer. We've not needed him to score for us, but he certainly has that ability."

Sherman followed with 20 points; the third time in the national tournament he has scored 20 or more in a game. Paul Stone (SR/Danville, Va.) added 17 points, and Newby posted his 17th double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

This marks the first time any Union team has ever advanced to a NAIA championship game in any sport. The men's basketball team joins the women's soccer program (2002) as the only ones to make the Fab Four.

Allen Edwards and Wyoming to Compete in 2017 CBI Tournament

Former University of Kentucky player Allen Edwards and Wyoming will compete in the 2017 CBI Tournament.

Wyoming will play Eastern Washington on Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m.

The field was released late last night by the Gazelle Group.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Schedule Released for 2017 CIT Tournament

The schedule for the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament has been released.

UT-Martin will represent the Ohio Valley Conference in the tournament.

Samford and head coach Scott Padgett will also participate in the CIT.

Here's a look:


2017 COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
All Times EST
FIRST ROUND

MONDAY, MARCH 13
Coach John McLendon Classic
Norfolk State (17-16) @ Liberty (19-13) 7:05 pm

TUESDAY, MARCH 14
Hugh Durham Classic
Saint Francis (16-16) @ Jacksonville (17-15) 7:00 pm

Houston Baptist (17-13) @ Campbell (17-17) 7:00 pm
Canisius (18-15) @ Samford (19-15) 8:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
Lou Henson Classic
Ball State (21-12) @ Fort Wayne (19-12) 7:00 pm

Fairfield (16-14) @ UMBC (18-12) 7:00 pm
Georgia State (20-12) @ Texas A&M Corpus Christi (20-11) 8:00 pm
Stephen F. Austin (18-14) @ Idaho (18-13) 11:00 pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 16
Saint Peter's (19-13) @ Albany (21-13) 7:00 pm
Furman (21-11) @ USC Upstate (17-15) 7:00 pm
UNC Asheville (23-9) @ UT Martin (21-12) 8:00 pm
Lamar (19-14) @ Texas State (20-13) TBA

Riley Wallace Classic
Weber State (19-13) @ Cal State Fullerton (17-14) 10:00 pm
SECOND ROUND
March 17-20

QUARTERFINALS
MARCH 23-26

SEMIFINALS:
Wednesday, March 29 on CBS Sports Network
7:00 & 9:00 pm
 
CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, March 31 on CBS Sports Network
9:00 pm
NOTE: All Games are streamed live through Facebook Live

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kentucky Christian Upsets Manhattan Christian, Advances to Semifinals of NCCAA Naitonal Tournament

Kentucky Christian University upset No. 2 Manhattan Christian College on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the NCCAA Division II National Tournament.

Here are details from KCU:

The Knights brought the excitement for their first game in the NCCAA Division II National Tournament. After trailing most of the game, the Knights took the lead late in the second half thanks to Junior Matthew Lee's game changing bucket.

Manhattan's #14 Mike White received a foul followed by a technical, taking him out of the game with a team high of 19 total points. This coupled with Lee's bucket completely shifted the momentum of this game in the Knights favor.

Freshman Point Guard Owens Crawford was unwavering handling the Thunder's pressure most of the game. He showed up big with 12 points, two of those being huge three pointers for the Knights. With numerous assists and only one turnover, Crawford played a tough 39 minutes.

Sophomore Conner Gauze also showed up big for the Knights with 16 points and five rebounds. He was a force to reckon with under the basket, staying strong against the Thunder's defense.

Other notable players include Freshman Trenton Walker, a tremendous defensive player, who had seven rebounds for the Knights. All American Hayden Dunn also had a great game, scoring the team high of 19 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Barnes and Nick Miller scored 11 and 12 points, respectively with perfect free throw percentages down the stretch to secure the win for the Knights.

Kentucky Christian will take on the University of Valley Forge tomorrow at 4:00 PM (5:00 PM EST).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kentucky Christian University Earns At-Large Bid to NCCAA DII National Tournament

For the first time in six seasons, Kentucky Christian University is headed back to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.


The Knights will open the tournament on Noon Thursday vs. No. 2 Manhattan Christian College.

KCU's Hayden Dunn was also named NCCAA DII First Team All-American.

Men's Basketball DII Awards

1st Team All-American

Trey Sneed Randall University
Hayden Dunn Kentucky Christian University
Jared Bradford Grace Bible College
Mike White Manhattan Christian College
Aaron Stemen Trinity Bible College

2nd Team All-American

Nash Carter Piedmont International University
Alex Sanchez University of Valley Forge
Trey Frank Moody Bible Institute
Jovan Morris Toccoa Falls College
Marshall Riddle Bob Jones University

Honorable Mention All-American

Kenny White Johnson University Tennessee
Kashus Lyons Randall University
Jon Luke Talton Faith Baptist Bible College
Nick Babalola Manhattan Christian College
Devin Williams University of Valley Forge

Player of the Year Trey Sneed Randall University
Pete Maravich Award Gunner St. John Johnson University Tennessee
National Coach of the Year Jon Mack University of Valley Forge

Here's a look at the tournament bracket:


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Northern Kentucky Wins the Horizon League Tournament, Earns NCAA Bid

The Northern Kentucky Norse have just knocked off Milwaukee 59-53 in the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament.

With the win, the Norse (24-10) are headed to the NCAA Tournament in their first season of eligibility.

Congratulations to head coach John Brannen and the Norse!



Former Morehead State Player Soufiyane Diakite Lands at Bethune-Cookman

Former Morehead State forward Soufiyane Diakite will continue his college career at Bethune-Cookman.

Diakite averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for MSU in 6 games.


Northern Kentucky Debuts in ESPN's Bracketology

Northern Kentucky has made their first appearance in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology.

The Norse are now projected as a 15-seed in the Midwest Region against...drum roll...Louisville.

NKU will face Milwaukee in the Horizon League Tournament championship game tomorrow night.

Kentucky is currently projected as a 2-seed in the South Region.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bellarmine Earns No. 1 Seed in NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

Bellarmine University will be the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament.

 As the top seed, the Knights will host their region.

 Kentucky Wesleyan is the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and would have to face Bellarmine in the second round if both teams win their first games.

 Here's a look at the region:




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kentucky Wesleyan Rolls Into Final of G-MAC Tournament

Kentucky Wesleyan blasted Malone 94-72 in the semifinals of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Panthers will meet Alderson Broaddus in today's championship game.

Here's a recap of the win over Malone:

OWENSBORO, Ky. – The nationally ranked No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team stumbled out of the gate in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference semifinal against Malone University on Friday afternoon. The Pioneers held an 11-point lead midway through the first half, but the Panthers stormed back with a 22-0 run and ultimately held on for the 94-72 win to advance to the G-MAC Championship where they will face the No. 2 seed Alderson Broaddus at 1 pm CT on Saturday at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

The regular season champion Panthers improve to 27-2 on the season and protected their home win streak that now sits at 47. The mark is the longest current active home winning streak across the NCAA, and is good for the third longest in program history. Kentucky Wesleyan also extended its overall win streak to 25 games, the longest win streak in a single season, and is second across the NCAA to Whitman at 27.

A back and forth opening 10 minutes saw the lead change six times before Malone pulled away with a 14-2 run over three minutes to take a 26-15 lead. Sam Williams led the charge with 8 points including back-to-back three pointers. Jordan Jacks contributed six points during the run with a monster dunk and a pair of lay-ups. Malone held the advantage in shooting percentage during the first half, but the Panthers took a 46-34 lead to the break.

Kentucky Wesleyan held a steady double digit lead the second half and reached a 20-point lead at the 8:49 mark when Malek Harris drained a pair of free throws. With less than five minutes remaining, a dunk from Michael Vigilance put the Panthers ahead by 24, their largest lead of the game.

Jacks led the Panther offense with a season-high 27 points while grabbing nine rebounds, including seven defensive. The senior shots 10-for-13 from field goal range. Ken-Jah Bosley and Williams each scored 15 points with Williams tabbing six rebounds. Harris finished with 13 points and nine rebounds while shooting nine-for-ten from the charity stripe. Charles Foster and Shaakir Lindsey both finished with seven points with Lindsey leading the team with four assists.

Kentucky Wesleyan dominated nearly every statistical category, scoring 30 points off of turnovers and 20 second chance points. The Panther bench outscored Malone's 17 to 8, and Kentucky Wesleyan scored 44 points in the paint to Malone's 18. Kentucky Wesleyan nearly doubled the Pioneers' total rebounds, tabbing 43 to Malone's 22.

The Panthers will face the No. 2 seed Alderson Broaddus in the G-MAC Championship at 1 pm on Saturday at the Owensboro Sportscenter. Kentucky Wesleyan won both meetings this season, 96-59 at the Sporscenter, and 77-63 on the road.

Stay up to date on all your Panther news by following @KWCpanthers on Twitter and by liking the "Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics" Facebook page.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Austin Peay's Dave Loos Announces Retirement

Austin Peay's Dave Loos is retiring after 27 seasons as the Governors' head coach. 

Loos won 421 Ohio Valley Conference games, which stands as a league record. He won his 500th career game earlier this season.

Here is a release from the school:

CLARKSVILLE—Austin Peay State University will hold an 11 a.m., Monday, press conference to celebrate the career of Dave Loos, who will announce his retirement after 27 years as head men's basketball coach—including 16 as athletics director.

'The Dean of Ohio Valley Conference basketball coaches', Loos walks away following a storied career which included a league-record 421 victories, five OVC Coach of the Year honors and nine total OVC titles, including four OVC Tournament wins. A legendary figure on the college basketball scene, Loos earned career win No. 500 during the 2017 season, coaching 39 All-OVC players, two All-Americans and 30 future pros along the way. Under Loos' stewardship as athletics director, Austin Peay raised 33 total OVC Championship banners.

Monday's event will be held in the Dunn Center on Dave Loos Court—christened in Loos' name in 2007—and is a community-wide occasion to honor Coach Loos' incredible body of work and thank him for three decades worth of contributions to Austin Peay.

Kentucky Wesleyan Will Battle Malone in Semifinals of G-MAC Tournament

Top-seeded Kentucky Wesleyan College will face Malone later today in the semifinal round of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament.

Malone advanced to the semifinals by knocking off Cedarville 75-69 in the quarterfinal round Thursday afternoon.

No. 2 Alderson Broaddus will face No. 3 Davis & Elkins in the other semifinal game.

The championship game will be tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET in Owensboro.

Here's a look at the bracket:


Mid-South Conference Announces 2016-17 Men's Basketball Awards


The Mid-South Conference announced its award winners for the 2016-17 season on Thursday night.

Here's a release from the league:

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Mid-South Conference announced its award winners for the 2016-17 men's basketball season at its annual banquet on Thursday night at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort, Ky.


The announcement comes prior to the start of the 2017 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, presented by Johnny Carino's, at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Life's (Ga.) Dalarian Williams was voted the MSC Player of the Year by the conference coaches, while head coach of the Running Eagles, Keith Adkins, was voted as the MSC Coach of the Year by his peers.

Jordan Perry of Pikeville (Ky.) was selected as the MSC Freshman of the Year and Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Nic Brown earned the first Randy Vernon MSC Defensive Player of the Year honor. Campbellsville's (Ky.) Elliott Young was named the MSC Champions of Character recipient to conclude the individual honors.

Williams led the Mid-South Conference in scoring with 20.72 points per game on 56.8 percent shoot for the season – which is second best in the conference. His 601 total points this season ranks fifth overall in NAIA Division I. Williams finished the regular season with a team-high 7.2 rebounds a game and 34 blocks. He led the Running Eagles to the programs first MSC regular season title.

In his first collegiate season, Perry finished second on Pikeville scoring 9.7 points per game and shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. He finished the season shooting 76.7 from the free throw line. Perry made 18 starts during the regular season, compiling 46 rebounds and 24 steals.

Brown earned the inaugural Randy Vernon MSC Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the conference with 2.31 blocks per game and 60 total blocks. He also grabbed 171 rebounds this past season.

Adkins led Life to its first MSC regular season title in program history, during his first season as head coach of the program. The Running Eagles finished 12-2 in the MSC to grab the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and posted a regular season mark of 19-10. This is the third time Adkins was named MSC Coach of the Year, and first time as head coach of Life.

Young was selected as the MSC Champions of Character recipient based on his academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and demonstration of the five core character values of the NAIA.

Williams highlighted the 10-player all-conference first team selected by the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. An additional 10 players were named to the All Mid-South Conference Second Team.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Union College Earns No. 1 Overall Seed in NAIA DII Men's Basketball Tournament

Union College earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NAIA DII Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Bulldogs will face Aquinas (19-14) in the first round on March 8 at 5:45 p.m. Aquinas is the 8-seed in the Naismith Bracket.

If Union wins, they will face the winner of Dakota Wesleyan and College of the Idaho on Friday at 9:15 p.m.

Warner (26-4) is the 2-seed in Union's 8-team pod. Trinity International (28-5) is the 3-seed.

Here are more details via UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The National Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) officially announced Wednesday the teams and pairings for the 2017 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship, and Union College is the top-seeded team in the Naismith Bracket.

The 32-team event will get underway on March 8 with the Championship game on Tuesday, March 14. The weeklong tournament takes place at Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

Announced earlier in the day, Union maintained its top spot in the final regular-season edition of the NAIA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The field is divided into four brackets – Naismith, Cramer, Duer, and Liston; and each bracket is seeded one through eight. In Union's bracket are:

No. 2 seed Warner (Fla.) (26-4)
No. 3 seed Trinity International (Ill.) (28-5)
No. 4 seed Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (23-9)
No. 5 seed College of Idaho (23-9)
No. 6 seed College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (20-9)
No. 7 seed Taylor (Ind.) (20-11)
No. 8 seed Aquinas (Mich.) (19-14)

Union and Cornerstone (Mich.) are the only 30-win teams entering the tournament as both are 30-3 overall. Cornerstone is the No. 1 seed in the Liston Bracket, where Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Reinhardt (Ga.) is the No. 7 seed.

The Bulldogs open play against the Saints of Aquinas on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:45 p.m. EST/5:45 p.m. CST.

Aquinas qualified for the tournament by finishing as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up as they lost to Cornerstone 65-51 on Tuesday. Although 19-14 on the year, the Saints recorded an 87-77 upset win over then-No. 1 Cornerstone on Feb. 15.

Like Union, this is Aquinas' fifth trip to the NAIA Division II Tournament. The Saints are 1-4 in their previous four trips with the last visit coming back in 2009. The Bulldogs are also 1-4 in their four appearances and are making their fourth trip in a row.

Here's a look at the Naismith Bracket (Complete Bracket):


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Berea College Hammers Florida National to Advance to USCAA Semifinals

Berea College knocked off Florida National University 90-75 this afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the USCAA DI National Tournament.

FINAL SCORE: #3 Berea College Mountaineers 90, #6 Florida National University Conquistadors 75

RECORDS: Berea College 17-9; Florida National University 13-15

LOCATION: Penn State Fayette Maltho Gymnasium, Uniontown, Pa.

IN BRIEF: The Berea College Mountaineers defeated the Florida National Conquistadors by a final score of 90-75 in the opening round of the USCAA Men’s Division I National Championship.

ON THE COURT

The Mountaineers had a 13-5 lead after five minutes of play in the opening half.
Berea was 18-21 from the free throw line in the first half on 14 Florida National fouls.
Florida National had 10 players score in the first half, with Antonio Sims leading the team with seven. However, it was the Mountaineers who led at half by a score of 43-32.
Sims started the second half with two consecutive baskets from behind the arc, sank two free-throws, then stole the ball and scored, cutting Berea’s led to three.
Berea College would answer by going on a 13-point run over the next three minutes to regain their advantage .

BEHIND THE BOXSCORE

Richard Parker of Berea had a game-high 30 points on 8-19 shooting from the floor and 6-12 from behind the arc.
Dyonta Bizzle-Brown added 18 points to for the Mountaineers. Corey Wise had 15 points and Anthony Myrks chipped in with 13 in the winning effort Florida National was led by Antonio Sims with 22 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
William Bunton of Florida National came off the bench to score 16 points on 3-6 shooting from behind the arc and 5-5 from the line.

NEXT UP

Berea College advances to face Concordia College Alabama tomorrow, March 2nd at 10:00 P.M. EST in the Men’s Division I semifinals at Main Arena. Florida National will match up against Iowa Wesleyan University in the consolation bracket tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. EST in Main Arena.

Valparaiso's Alec Peters is Out for the Rest of the Season

Valparaiso star Alec Peters will not play again this season, which ends his college career.


Hopefully Peters gets well soon as he has a long professional career to look forward to.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

OVC Announces All-Conference Teams and Awards, Bradds Repeats as Player of the Year

The Ohio Valley Conference has announced the league's all-conference teams and awards.

Belmont's Evan Bradds repeated as Player of the Year. Belmont head coach Rick Byrd is the Coach of the Year.

Here's a release from the league:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Belmont senior Evan Bradds repeated as 2016-17 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Bruins to a 15-1 league record and second-straight OVC regular season championship, while Tennessee State senior Tahjere McCall repeated as Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Conference in steals for the second-consecutive season. In other voting conducted by league head coaches and sports information directors, Southeast Missouri's Denzel Mahoney was named OVC Freshman of the Year while Rick Byrd was tabbed OVC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.

Bradds is the 14th player in OVC history to repeat as OVC Player of the Year and first since Murray State's Isaiah Canaan accomplished the feat in 2012 and 2013. He will finish his career as one of the top shooters in OVC history, as he enters this week with a career 67.4 field goal percentage, which is the best mark in OVC history and currently third in NCAA Division I history. He led all NCAA Division I players in field goal percentage in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and this season currently ranks eighth (64.1%) nationally after going 10-for-10 in his regular season finale against Tennessee State. Bradds also ranks 21st nationally in scoring (20.8 points/game) and 71st in rebounding (8.6/game). He is also only 40 points away from tying Ian Clark for Belmont's Division I career scoring record. Bradds scored in double figures in all but one game of the season (and in 95 of 126 career games), including netting a season-high 32 points in a road victory over Morehead State. The senior recorded seven double-doubles including registering a season-high 16 rebounds against Middle Tennessee. Bradds is one of 10 finalists nationally (and the only one not from a power conference) for the Julius Erving Award (given to the top small forward in the nation) as well as one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. He has also been named a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick as he looks to repeat as an Academic All-American selection this season. Other Belmont players to have been named OVC Player of the Year include current Golden State Warrior Ian Clark (2012-13) and J.J. Mann (2013-14).

McCall is the third player to repeat as OVC Defensive Player of the Year, joining Morehead State All-America (and current Denver Nugget) Kenneth Faried (who won three-straight awards from 2009-11) and Eastern Kentucky guard Corey Walden (2014 and 2015). A season ago McCall sparked a Tennessee State team that improved from five to 20 wins as he established a new school single-season record with 72 steals. This season he broke that record and enters postseason play with 76 steals, despite missing three games due to injury. He currently ranks sixth nationally in steals/game (2.92) and has had three or more steals in 16 games this season. He also helped the Tigers lead the OVC and rank 43rd nationally in field goal percentage defense (40.9%). McCall has also taken over as the team's primary point guard and dished out 40 more assists than he did last year, currently ranking him 47th nationally in assists/game (5.1). He is also third on the TSU team with 4.9 rebounds/contest and had a pair of three-block games in 2016-17. McCall had a season-high six steals in the season-opener at UC Davis, a win that sparked the team to a 6-0 start to the season, the best start in the program's Division I history. He also pulled down 11 rebounds in a pair of games, both of which were TSU wins.

After easing his way into the season, Mahoney came along strong to help Southeast Missouri to a 9-7 Conference record, its first winning record in OVC play since 2011-12. He ranked second on the team in scoring (14.2 points/game), including scoring in double figures in 16 of the final 17 games of the season, and leading the team in scoring in nine of his last 12 contests. Overall Mahoney scored 20 or more points eight times, including netting a season-high 23 points at UT Martin (where he canned 12-of-12 free throws) and in a key road victory over Murray State (which eventually led to a season sweep of the Racers for the first time in 74 years). In all games this season Mahoney ranked 17th in the OVC scoring but increased that to 16.6 points/game in Conference games, a mark that was 10th in the league. Overall, he added 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists/game while hitting 45.4 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from 3-point range and 79.9 percent from the free throw line (13th in the OVC) in 31 games, all of which he started. Mahoney was named OVC Freshman of the Week five times during the season, all of which came in the final seven weeks of the regular season. He is the second Southeast Missouri player to be named OVC Freshman of the Year, joining Derek Winans who won the award in 2001-02.

For the third time Byrd was named OVC Coach of the Year, joining awards he earned in each 2012-13 and 2013-14. For his career he has been named the conference or district Coach of the Year 13 times. Picked to win the OVC in the preseason, Belmont compiled a 15-1 league record, which was five games better than second place. The Bruins won its fourth OVC regular season title in five years as a member of the OVC and earned the No. 1 seed for this week's OVC Tournament. Overall Belmont has won 20 or more games in 11 of the past 12 seasons. The team's 16 conference championships (both regular season and tournament) since 2006 are third most nationally behind only Kansas and Gonzaga. Now in his 31st season at Belmont (and 36th year overall), Byrd has 753 career victories, which ranks him sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches.

2016-17 All-OVC Basketball Teams and Awards

OVC Player of the Year: Evan Bradds, Belmont
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State
OVC Freshman of the Year: Denzel Mahoney, Southeast Missouri
OVC Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd, Belmont

ALL-OVC FIRST TEAM

Evan Bradds, Belmont
Xavier Moon, Morehead State
Jonathan Stark, Murray States
Jacolby Mobley, UT Martin
Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky
Antonius Cleveland, Southeast Missouri
Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State
Josh Robinson, Austin Peay
Terrell Miller, Murray State
Austin Luke, Belmont

ALL-OVC SECOND TEAM

Wayne Martin, Tennessee State
DeJuan Marrero, Morehead State
Javier Martinez, UT Martin
Malcom Drumwright, Jacksonville State
Denzel Mahoney, Southeast Missouri

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

Jonathan Stark, Murray State
Denzel Mahoney, Southeast Missouri
Terrell Miller, Murray State
Asante Gist, Eastern Kentucky
Matthew Butler, UT Martin

Kentucky Wesleyan Completes Conference Play with Perfect 12-0 Record

Kentucky Wesleyan 84
Trevecca Nazarene 65

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by KWC:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The nationally ranked No. 9 Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team posted a 84-65 win over Trevecca Nazarene University on Saturday afternoon to cap off the 2017 regular season. The Panthers made history as the first school in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference to finish the regular season undefeated in conference play at 12-0. Kentucky Wesleyan earned the right to host the 2017 G-MAC championship tournament beginning on March 2 and will face the winner of fourth seed Malone versus fifth seed Cedarville.

The Panthers finished the regular season at 26-2 with a 24 game winning streak which marks the longest in program history and is also good for third in the nation among the NCAA behind Gonzaga (29) and Whitman (26).

A tight start to the game saw the lead change 11 times in the first 10 minutes of play. The Panthers pulled away with an 8-0 run over two minutes to take a 24-17 lead. Trevecca cut the deficit to four with a lay up at the 5:15 mark. Malek Harris notched a pair of free throws in the closing minutes to extend Kentucky Wesleyan's lead to 10, the first double digit lead of the game. The Panthers took a 44-32 lead to halftime.

Kentucky Wesleyan held a double digit lead the entire second half. Their largest lead of the game came at the 7:39 mark when Sam Williams drained two free throws to give them a 20-point lead.

Jordan Jacks finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double on the season. In four of the past five games the senior has posted a double-double. The one game he didn't have a double-double, he had his first career triple-double.

Charles Foster flirted with a double-double of his own, scoring 10 points and dishing out a team-high seven assists. Harris scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Ken-Jah Bosley scored nine points and tallied seven rebounds.

Kentucky Wesleyan scored 58 points in the paints and tabbed 26 points off of Trevecca's 20 turnovers. The Patnhers scored 13 second chance points and out rebounded the Trojans 36 to 27.

With a perfect 12-0 record in the G-MAC, Kentucky Wesleyan earned the right to host the G-MAC conference tournament March 2-4 at the Sportscenter. As the number one seed, the Panthers received a first round bye and will be in action on March 3 at 1:30 pm against the winner of fourth seed Malone versus fifth seed Cedarville.

Stay up to date on all your Panther news by following @KWCpanthers on Twitter and by liking the "Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics" Facebook page.

Final G-MAC Standings:

SCHOOL G-MAC OVERALL
Kentucky Wesleyan *# 12-0 26-2
Alderson Broaddus * 8-4 15-13
Davis & Elkins * 7-5 12-14
Malone * 6-6 13-12
Cedarville * 5-7 13-15
Trevecca Nazarene * 3-9 8-20
Ohio Valley 1-11 2-24

* clinched postseason seed in G-MAC Championship
# clinched top overall seed, hosting rights for G-MAC Championship

Union College's Gerrard Newby Named AAC Player of the Year, Burton Earns Coaching Honors

Union College's Gerrard Newby was named Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year over the weekend.

Mike Martin was named to the Second Team.

Kevin Burton was named Coach of the Year.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Gerrard Newby
School: Union
Class: SR
Position: F
Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Gerrard Newby
School: Union
Class: SR
Position: F
Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

TOURNAMENT MVP

Tyrone Sherman
School: Union
Class: SR
Position: G
Hometown: Chicago Heights, Ill.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Kevin Burton
School: Union

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Name Class School Hometown
C Brandon Moore FR Allen Sylvester, GA
F Cordaris Townes SR Bluefield Danville, Va.
PG Oteriah Lee JR Bryan Knoxville, Tenn.
G/F Alonzo Mobley SO Montreat Lincolnton, NC
G Justin Bridges SR Reinhardt Riverdale, Ga.
F Connor Zinaich FR St. Andrews Boonsboro, MD
G Tre Tiller SO Tennessee Wesleyan Chattanooga, TN
F Gerrard Newby SR Union Lexington, Ky.
G Tyrone Sherman SR Union Chicago Heights, Ill.
Wing Paul Stone SR Union Danville, Va.

ALL-CONFERENCE 2ND TEAM

Name Class School Hometown
G Ivory Drummer JR Allen Augusta, GA
F Jacob Cawood SO Milligan Kingston, Tenn.
G Tyler Nichols SO Milligan Elizabethton, Tenn.
F David Everage JR Montreat Las Vegas, NV
G/F Samuel Bunkley JR Reinhardt Detroit, Mich.
G/F Nehemiah Jones SR Reinhardt LaGrange, Ga.
SG Titus Gary SR St. Andrews Fayetteville, NC
G Lee Vanderhorst SR St. Andrews Charleston, SC
G David Campbell JR Truett-McConnell Lake Wales, Fla.
F Mike Martin SR Union Flint, Mich.

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Name Class School Hometown
F Cordaris Townes SR Bluefield Danville, Va.
G/F Alonzo Mobley SO Montreat Lincolnton, NC
G Dwight Sanders JR Reinhardt Detroit, Mich.
F Gerrard Newby SR Union Lexington, Ky.
G Tyrone Sherman SR Union Chicago Heights, Ill.

Complete List of Awards

Top-Seeded Bellarmine Will Face Drury in GLVC Tournament Quarterfinals

The top-seeded Bellarmine Knights will battle No. 8 Drury in the quarterfinals of the GLVC Tournament.

Bellarmine and Drury will tip off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winner will advance to play the winner of No. 5 Indianapolis and No. 4 UW-Parkside on Saturday.

Drury advanced to the quarterfinals by knocking off Rockhurst, 97-76 on Sunday.

Remaining Tournament Schedule:

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 (Evansville, Ind.)

G5: #8 Drury vs. #1 Bellarmine - 12 p.m. CT
G6: #5 Indianapolis #4 UW-Parkside - 2:30 p.m. CT
G7: #6 Truman State vs. #3 Southern Indiana - 6 p.m. CT
G8: #7 Lewis vs. #2 Quincy - 8:30 p.m. CT

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 (Evansville, Ind.)

G9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner - 12 p.m. CT
G10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner - 2:30 p.m. CT

SUNDAY, MARCH 5 (Evansville, Ind.)

G11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner - 1 p.m. CT


Kentucky State's Season Ends in First Round of SIAC Tournament

Fort Valley State 79
Kentucky State 73

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by KSU:

Birmingham, Ala.—Kentucky State University men's basketball concluded its 2016-17 season with a 79-73 loss to Fort Valley State University in the opening round of the SIAC Tournament on Monday at Bill Harris Arena.

The Thorobreds (10-17, 7-11) have now exited the SIAC tournament in the opening round for third consecutive season. The Wildcats (10-17, 7-10) will head on to the quarterfinals to play No. 1 seeded Claflin University from the East Division on Wednesday.

"We fell behind early," said head coach Jamaal Jackson. "We put together some strong runs in the second half to make it a game, but we had some turnovers in the closing moments that really cost us."

FVSU put KSU in a hole with a 17-3 advantage in the opening seven minutes of play, but the Thorobreds kept the game within reach, pulling within 10, 39-29 by halftime.

Led by junior guard Dorian Jordan, the KSU offense began to click in the second half, chipping at the Wildcats lead. KSU pulled within one 57-56 at 10:11 in the second half, but couldn't surpass the Wildcats in the closing minutes of the contest.

Jordan finished his day with a game-high 24 points, six assists, and five rebounds. An integral piece in the comeback effort was senior forward Julius Barton. The West Memphis, Arkansas native put up 15 points and seven rebounds for the Thorobreds, while performing as a defensive threat in the paint.

Numerous Thorobreds were in foul trouble throughout the afternoon, leading to some much-needed bench production. Junior forward Deion Fields and sophomore center David Jelks combined for 16 points, and 15 rebounds, while each of them logged over 20 minutes of action.

"Sometimes when you take over a program as a head coach, it can be difficult to get everyone to come together," said Jackson. "We didn't have that problem with this group. It's hard to go through the changes they did, but to play like they did all season long shows how special of a group these young men are and I'm proud to be their leader."

KSU's Malcolm Smith and Dorian Jordan were named to the SIAC All-Conference Team. 

2017 SIAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team

Dwight Richards, Jr. Central State Junior Forward Fort Wayne, Ind.
Brandon Morris Benedict Junior Forward Lithonia, Ga.
Tyrius Walker Morehouse Junior Guard Atlanta. Ga.
Justin Street LeMoyne-Owen Senior Forward Memphis, Tenn.
Kendarius Ash Lane Sophomore Forward Decatur, Ga.
Malcolm Smith Kentucky State Senior Guard Cincinnati, Ohio
Terrance Bridgeman Lane Senior Guard South Bend, Ind.
Quayshun Hawkins Benedict Senior Guard Columbia, S.C.
Ryan McNeil-Moses Claflin Senior Forward Washington, D.C.
Dorian Jordan Kentucky State Junior Guard Cincinnati, Ohio
Maurice Alexander Lane Junior Guard Chicago, Ill.
Ayinde Russell Morehouse Sophomore Guard Atlanta, Ga.

March Madness is Here: Schedule for the Week

March is here and it's tournament time around the Bluegrass State.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, February 27

Fort Valley State 79 Kentucky State University 73 (SIAC Tournament)

Tuesday, February 28

9:00 p.m. Vanderbilt at University of Kentucky*

Wednesday, March 1

3:00 p.m. Berea College vs. Florida National University (USCAA National Tournament)
9:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Wake Forest*
9:30 p.m. Tennessee Tech vs. Murray State University (OVC Tournament)

Thursday, March 2

1:00 p.m. Drury vs. Bellarmine University (GLVC Tournament)
8:00 p.m. North Texas at Western Kentucky University*
9:30 p.m. Murray State/Tennessee Tech vs. Morehead State University (OVC Tournament)
TBA Berea College vs. TBA (USCAA National Tournament)

Friday, March 3

2:30 p.m. Cedarville/Malone at Kentucky Wesleyan College (G-MAC Tournament)
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Lindsey Wilson College (MSC Tournament)
5:30 p.m. Thomas More College vs. Guilford (NCAA Division III Tournament)
6:00 p.m. Georgetown College vs. Campbellsville University (MSC Tournament)
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville vs. Cumberland (MSC Tournament)
10:00 p.m. OVC Tournament Semifinals

Saturday, March 4

Noon University of Kentucky at Texas A&M*
1:00 p.m. GLVC Tournament Semfinals
2:00 p.m. G-MAC Tournament Championship Game
2:00 p.m. Notre Dame at University of Louisville*
6:00 p.m. MSC Tournament Semifinals
8:00 p.m. MSC Tournament Semifinals
8:00 p.m. Rice at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. OVC Tournament Championship
TBA USCAA National Tournament Championship Game
TBA Thomas More College/Guilford vs. TBA (NCAA Division III Tournament)

Sunday, March 5

2:00 p.m. GLVC Tournament Championship Game
4:30 p.m. MSC Tournament Championship Game
7:30 p.m. Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky University (Horizon League Tournament)

* Conference game

Monday, February 27, 2017

No. 1 Union College Rolls Through AAC Tournament

Union College 85
Reinhardt 58

Final from Kingsport, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The No. 1-ranked Union College men's basketball team kept a number of streaks alive Saturday as it captured the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament championship with an 85-58 win over Reinhardt (Ga.).

The tournament championship is the Bulldogs' fourth in a row and fifth overall. Union (30-3 overall) has won its last 12 conference tournament games and its last 26 games against conference opponents. In addition, Union's win streak is now at 28 games.

"Our team collectively played really well for the entire tournament," said head coach Kevin Burton. "Winning 28 in a row and 30 overall going into the national tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the country is a lot to be proud of so far."

Union received stellar performances from a couple of the usual suspects in Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) and Tyrone Sherman (SR/Chicago Heights, Ill.), but Jaylen Daniel (SR/Winchester, Ky.) completed a solid tournament run with 17 points and five rebounds in the title game, averaging 18.7 points per tournament game. Sherman led the Bulldogs in scoring this week with 19.0 points per game, while Newby averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

All three collected All-Tournament Team honors with Sherman picking up the hardware for Tournament MVP, saving his best game for last with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Unlike its previous two tournament games, Union waited until the second half to lock down the game. Union held a 15-9 lead following a Dominique Lindsey (JR/Tyrone, Ga.) 3-pointer with 13:14 to go in the first, but Reinhardt reeled off eight straight points to take a 17-15 lead following a Justin Bridges layup at the 10:39 mark.

The lead went back-and-forth on the next few possessions before Union used a 13-7 stretch to take a 38-30 lead into the half.

The Bulldogs came out of the break with their offense on full throttle, ripping off a 20-6 run to opening up a 58-36 margin with 12:55 remaining. Samuel Bunkley hit a 3-pointer to bring the margin back under 20 at 58-39, but Union pushed it back up over 20 and never looked back en route the 85-58 victory.

Newby locked up his 17th double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. He also became the fifth player in program history to amass 1,000 rebounds in a career. He currently sits fourth all-time with 1,009. Newby joins Bulldog legends Paul Andrews and Ken Meibers as the only players in program history with at least 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Bunkley was the lone Eagle (22-9 overall) to score in double figures as he finished with 16.

Joining Sherman, Newby, and Daniel on the All-Tournament Team are Bunkley and Nehemiah Jones of Reinhardt, Brandon Moore of Allen (S.C.), and Tre Tiller of Tennessee Wesleyan.

Up next for Union is the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament, which will be held on March 8-14 in Point Lookout, Mo. The seedings and bracket will be announced on Wednesday, March 1.

Thomas More Will Meet Guilford in NCAA Division III Tournament

Thomas More College (22-6) will face Guilford College (23-5) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament. That game will be played in Marietta, Ohio on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The winner will advance to the second round for a game against the winner of host Marietta (24-4) and Calvin (17-10).

Thomas More is the only Kentucky team to make the national tournament field this season.

Here's a look at TMC's section of the bracket (Complete Tournament Bracket):


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