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):


Spalding University's Nick Trisko Earns All-SLIAC Honors

Spalding University's Nick Trisko was named Second Team All-SLIAC Conference over the weekend. 
Here's a release from the league:
The 2016-17 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference (SLIAC) individual awards consist of a group of individuals that have helped their teams rise to the challenge this season and put together some of the best years in program history.
The SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year becomes the first player in program history to receive the SLIAC's top individual award, from Iowa Wesleyan University, Steven Soukup. Soukup, a guard, joined the Tigers this year and made an immediate impact guiding them to a 17-8 regular season record and 13 conference wins, their best season since joining the conference four years ago. Soukup averaged 27.7 points per game in conference play this season, shooting an outstanding 65-percent from the floor. He was named the SLIAC Player of the Week four times this season and had nine games of 30 or more points including a career high of 44 back on January 4th.

The SLIAC Newcomer of the Year goes to Principia College's TreVaughn Goodman. Goodman, a guard, increased his performance as the season went on including averaging 15.1 points per game during conference play. He shot 64-percent from the floor and added 3.5 rebounds per game and 37 assists with 23 steals. Goodman topped the 20 point mark five times, including a career high 38 points, in the final eight games of the season, helping Principia secure a post-season spot. He is the second Panther to be named the SLIAC Newcomer of the Year, joining teammate Parker Davidson.

The SLIAC Coach of the Year goes to Todd Zimmerman, from Principia College. Coach Zimmerman led the Panthers to a 12-11 record during the regular season, going 11-7 in conference play. He led the Panthers to their first SLIAC Tournament since 2005 after winning an improbable seven of their final eight regular season games. The 12 wins are also the most by the program since the 2002-03 season. He is the second coach in Principia history to be named SLIAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, joining Gar Smith in 1991-92.
The 2016-17 SLIAC All-Defensive Team features three members of the Westminster Blue Jays in Romo Tabb, Jimmy Villalobos, and Carter Wands. They are joined by Parker Davidson, from Principia College and Evan Milligan, from Webster University.
This year's Team Sportsmanship award goes to Westminster College for a fourth consecutive year. The conference would also like to honor a player from each team for their sportsmanship during the season. Those players are: Ugo Pierantoni (Blackburn), Cade Fawcett (Eureka), James Wiggins (Fontbonne), Brian Ehresman (Greenville), Jordan Nutt (Iowa Wesleyan), Tim Frazier (MacMurray), Jeff Ross (Principia), Owen Mumphrey (Spalding), Jonathan Odjo (Webster), and Tanner Cochran (Westminster).
 
 
First Team All-Conference 
Shea FeehanEureka College
Evan MilliganWebster University
Shane SmithGreenville College
Steven SoukupIowa Wesleyan University
Romo TabbWestminster College
Second Team All-Conference 
Adaku AnumuPrincipia College
Kendall DavisEureka College
Kenny GreeneGreenville College
Brent LongMacMurray College
Nick TriskoSpalding University
Third Team All-Conference
Parker DavidsonPrincipia College
Sean O'BrienWestminster College
Micah PaulsonPrincipia College
Elmo SmithGreenville College
Michael SoukupIowa Wesleyan University
All-Defensive Team 
Parker DavidsonPrincipia College
Evan MilliganWebster University
Romo TabbWestminster College
Jimmy VillalobosWestminster College
Carter WandsWestminster College
All-Sportsmanship Team 
Ugo PierantoniBlackburn
Cade FawcettEureka
James WigginsFontbonne
Brian EhresmanGreenville
Jordan NuttIowa Wesleyan
Tim FrazierMacMurray
Jeff RossPrincipia
Owen MumphreySpalding
Jonathan OdjoWebster
Tanner CochranWestminster

Three From Centre College Honored by Southern Athletic Association

Three Center College players earned All-SAA recognition over the weekend. 

Here are details from CC:

ATLANTA (CentreColonels.com) – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced its 2016-17 men's basketball all-conference awards on Friday afternoon, with three Centre men's basketball players garnering All-SAA recognition.

Sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) earned First Team All-SAA honors, while senior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) and freshman guard Perry Ayers (Bowling Green, Ky.) collected Honorable Mention All-SAA accolades. In addition, Ayers was named the SAA Newcomer of the Year.

Hendrix's Hank Aldous was tabbed as the SAA Player of the Year with Rhodes' Tyler Gee picking up Defensive Player of the Year honors. Rhodes' Mike DeGeorge was selected as the Coach of the Year in the league.

Sine earns his first All-SAA nod as a sophomore, pacing the Colonels and ranking sixth in the SAA in scoring at 14.7 points per game. He is also the team's second-leading rebounder at 4.7 boards per game while dishing out 49 assists on the year. The 6'2'' guard is second in the conference in free throw percentage, connecting on 89.1 percent (82-of-92) of attempts from the charity stripe while sitting second in the league with a 46.2 3-point percentage (54-of-117).

He has 16 double-figure scoring games on the season, including a pair of 30-point performances and five 20-point outputs. The Bowling Green, Ky. native poured in a career-high 36 points on 11-of-17 shooting in an 84-68 win over Berry on Feb. 5. He shot 6-of-10 from behind the arc and 8-of-11 from the free throw line to go with nine boards in the victory.

Sine finished with 33 markers in an 86-79 triumph over Case Western Reserve on Dec. 30, shooting 11-of-20 from the floor, 7-of-14 from long range and 4-of-4 on free throws.

This marks Gump's third All-SAA nod as the senior is averaging 7.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. The senior guard ranks third in the SAA with a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.

He has scored in double-figures in six games this season, highlighted by a 20-point showing in an 82-73 win over intrastate foe Thomas More, connecting on 7-of-10 field goals in the victory.

Gump has dished out at least five assists in four contests this season. He recorded a season-high seven dimes in the Colonels' win over Case Western.
Ayers is enjoying an outstanding freshman campaign for the Colonels, averaging 10.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He sits fifth in the con
ference in free throw percentage, shooting 79.2 percent (76-of-96) from the line. In addition, Ayers is shooting 50.6 percent (79-of-156) from the field and 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from behind the arc.

The 6'3'' guard also leads all SAA freshman averaging 12.5 points per contest in league action despite coming off the bench in 12 of 14 conference games.

Ayers has tallied double-figure points in 11 games this season, buoyed by a 33-point showing in a 106-100 win over SAA regular season champion Rhodes. He shot 9-of-14 from the field and 15-of-17 from the free throw line to go with four rebounds and six assists in the triumph, as well.

The Bowling Green, Ky. native has come on strong to close the regular season, reaching double-figures in four of his last five games, including a 22-point performance at Hendrix on Feb. 12.

2016-17 Southern Athletic Association Men’s Basketball All-Conference First Team

Name School Hometown Pos./ Year
Tucker Sine Centre Bowling Green, Ky. G / So.
Hank Aldous Hendrix Dallas, Texas G / Sr.
Tyler Gee Rhodes Atlanta, Ga. F / Sr.
Brody Stone Sewanee Nnoxville, Tenn. F / Sr.
Jorden Williams Sewanee Chattanooga, Tenn. G / Sr.

2016-17 Southern Athletic Association Men’s Basketball All-Conference Second Team

Name School Hometown Pos. / Year
Harrison Deneka Birmingham-Southern Memphis, Tenn. F / Jr.
Ian Thom Birmingham-Southern Cold Spring, N.Y. G / Sr.
Preston Smith Hendrix McKinney, Texas G / So.
Justin Edwards Oglethorpe Buford, Ga. G / Jr.
Drew Patrick Oglethorpe Roswell, Ga. F / Sr.


2016-17 Southern Athletic Association Men’s Basketball All-Conference Honorable Mention

Berry – Blake Jones (G, Sr.), Caleb Johnson (F, Jr.), Alton McCloud (F, Jr.); BSC – Evan Lewis (G, Sr.), James McLean (G, Sr.); Centre – Perry Ayers (G, Fr.) Matt Gump (G, Sr.); Millsaps – Brennan Gagen (G, Sr.), Sam Kohnke (G, Jr.); Rhodes –Daniel Darst (F, So.), Anesu Nyawata (G, Jr.), Brennan Sullivan (G, Sr.)

Grace Bible College Ends Kentucky Christian's Season

Grace Bible College 89
Kentucky Christian 62

Final from Wyoming, Michigan

Game recap from KCU:

Wyoming, MI - KCU came into today's game facing a daunting task. They were about to play the #4 ranked team in the country and had to face them on their home floor. With a 35-37 halftime deficit, the game appeared very much in question for both sides but Grace Bible College proved they were up to the task.

The Tigers outscored KCU by 25 pts in the second half to earn a 89-62 win and a spot in the title game. Nick Miller led the Knights in scoring by putting up 22 pts on 6-16 from the field (3 3pts) and 7-8 from the line. Also registering a double-double in the afternoon's contest was Hayden Dunn. Dunn put up 17 pts/10 rebs and dished out a team co-leading four assists along with Owens Crawford. KCU sophomore, Brando Barnes, also reached double digits with 11 pts.

The Knights finished the season with a 16-13 record but have every reason for optimism as they do not have any seniors on the team. With the success they have achieved in the 2016-17 season, KCU's men's program continues to be on the rise.

Centre College's Season Ends in Semifinals of SAA Tournament

Birmingham Southern 77
Centre College 71

Final from Memphis, Tennessee

Game recap by CC:

MEMPHIS (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's basketball team fell by a score of 77-71 at the hands of defending Southern Athletic Association (SAA) champion Birmingham Southern in the conference tournament semifinals on Saturday night at Mallory Gymnasium on the campus of Rhodes.

The Colonels close the 2016-17 campaign with a 14-11 record, while the Panthers (14-13) return to the league title game for the second straight year to face top-seeded Rhodes on Sunday afternoon.

A slow start saw Birmingham Southern lead by as many as 11 points in the first half at 25-14 with just under eight minutes showing on the clock in the opening frame.

Centre battled back with an 11-3 run keyed by five points by sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) to bring the Colonels within three points at 28-25 with 4:38 remaining in the half.

After holding a six-point edge at the break, the Panthers built their advantage to nine at 47-38 five minutes into the second stanza.

Centre answered with a 14-4 surge capped by a 3-pointer by senior guard Sam Gruber (LaGrange, Ky.) to give Centre its first lead of the night at 52-51 with 10:44 to play in the contest.

A back-and-forth second half of action, the Colonels found themselves knotted at 68-68 after a pair of free throws by freshman forward Jacob Bates (LaGrange, Ky.) with 2:37 remaining.

Birmingham's Matty Rudak connected on two shots from the charity stripe on the other end for the Panthers, before Centre freshman guard Perry Ayers (Bowling Green, Ky.) made the back end of two free throws to minimize the deficit to 70-69 with just under two minutes to play.

An Evan Lewis 3-pointer pushed the Birmingham Southern lead to 73-69 followed by two more Panther free throws to extend the advantage to 75-69 with 48 ticks showing on the clock.

After sophomore guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) drained two foul shots to cut the margin to 75-71 in the closing seconds of play, Rhodes' James McLean made two free throws to put the game out of reach for the Colonels.

Bates and Sine each paced Centre with 15 points apiece, good for a game-high as well. Bates was 4-of-10 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. He tied a team-high with seven rebounds and led all players with three blocked shots. Sine made 5-of-13 field goals including 3-of-9 from behind the arc. Junior forward Zach Schmucker (Cincinnati, Ohio) matched a team-high with seven boards off the bench for the Colonels.

McLean and Lewis led Birmingham Southern with 14 points each while Rudak and Calvin Bak each added 12 markers. Rudak finished with a game-high nine rebounds, as well.

Centre shot 39.0 percent (23-of-59) from the field, 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from downtown and 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the charity stripe.

The Panthers outrebounded the Colonels 40-36 and outscored Centre 34-30 in the paint. The Colonels dished out 15 assists and committed just eight turnovers in the game.

Northern Kentucky Gets a Shout Out on SportsCenter

Northern Kentucky got a nice shout out on ESPN's SportsCenter over the weekend.

Check out the Norse earning the Star of the Night:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thomas More College Wins PAC Tournament, Earns NCAA Tournament Bid

Thomas More 79
Saint Vincent 68

Final from Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Game recap by TMC:

(LATROBE, Pa.) – The second-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team won its first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championship since 2009 tonight (Saturday, February 25, 2017) as it defeated top-seeded Saint Vincent College, 79-68, in the championship game of the PAC Championship Tournament at the Carey Center in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

In the first half it was a back and forth battle that ended 40-34 at the half. Thomas More jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and looked like a team that has been in this position before. Both teams were hot from behind the three-point line, Thomas More was seven-of-11 and Saint Vincent was five-of-seven. Sophomore guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) was the leading scorer for the Saints in the first half as he was seven-of-10 from the field, including five-for-five from beyond the three-point line to finish with 20 points in the first half. For the Bearcats, Jason Capco went six-ofeven from the field , including three-for-three from beyond the three-point line to finish the first half with 15 points.

Thomas More started the second half with the lead and would not relinquish it once on it/s way to an outstanding team victory. Sophomore guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) was clutch in the last four minutes pulling down two offensive rebounds around the 3:57 mark that resulted with two made free-throws. Then with one-minute to play left sophomore forward Ralph Stone (Shelbyville, Ky./Martha Layne Collings) kicked it out to Horne off the dribble drive and Horne connected with a three right in front of his bench to give his team a 75-66 lead which would be enough in the end.

The Saints had eight players put a tally in the scoring column tonight and were led by King, who finished with a game-high 24 points, while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out five assists. Along with King, Horne had 10 points, four rebounds and seven assists, sophomore guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County) had 12 points and Stone finished the game with 10 points and eight assists.

Talking with the Player of the Game, Damion King, we asked him to tell us about the game and what he and his team achieved tonight and he told us, "We all played hard and we just stayed together throughout the whole game and grinded out the win."

We also talked to the solo senior on the team Sawyer Pauly (Crescent Springs, Ky./Covington Catholic) and asked him what this meant to him with it being his last year and finally winning a PAC title, "I'm honestly lost for words right now, but the one thing I can say is I couldn't ask for anything else and I wouldn't have wanted to do this with any other set of guys. I have been here for four years and every year Saint Vincent had got the best of us. We have worked so hard all year and it has paid off and I couldn't be happier for this group of guys right now."

With the win, the Saints improve to 22-6 and earn the PAC automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The NCAA Division III Championship bracket will be announced on Monday (February 27) on the NCAA Championship website (www.ncaa.com) at 12:30 p.m.

Bracket Announced for 2017 Mid-South Conference Tournament

The bracket is set for the 2017 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.

Here are details from the league:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – At the completion of the 2016-17 Mid-South Conference men's basketball regular season, the conference released the bracket for the 2017 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday night.

The conference tournament begins on Friday, March 3 from the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. The semifinals of the tournament are slated for Saturday and the championship is on Sunday.

Life (Ga.) headlines the bracket as the No. 1 seed following its first ever MSC regular season title going 12-2 in the conference.

The Running Eagles begin the tournament on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET against No. 8-seeded Shawnee State (Ohio).

Fourth-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) begins its postseason run against fifth-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 4 p.m. ET on Friday. The winner of the one and eight-seed game faces the winner of the fourth and fifth-seeded contest.

Second-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) kicks off the night cap on Friday against seventh-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) at 6 p.m. ET. The fourth quarterfinal matchup features third-seeded Pikeville (Ky.) and sixth-seeded Cumberland (Tenn.), which tips off at 8 p.m. ET.

The winners of quarterfinal three and quarterfinal four faceoff in the second semifinal on Saturday.

The tournament semifinals are scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night with the championship game at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

A tiebreaker was administered for the second and third seed in the tournament.

Georgetown and Pikeville finished the conference regular season with identical 9-5 MSC records, but the Tigers grabbed the second seed after sweeping Pikeville during the conference regular season.

The 2017 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament gets underway on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET from the Frankfort Convention Center.

2017 MSC Tournament Bracket


Northern Kentucky Upsets Valpo to Finish 3rd in Horizon League

Northern Kentucky 82
Valparaiso 78

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team defeated Horizon League-leading Valparaiso 82-78 on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Arena. In the process, the Norse guaranteed at least a share of third-place in the league standings.

The victory moves NKU to 21-10 on the year, including a 12-6 mark in league play. Valpo slips to 24-7 and 14-4 in the Horizon. Seniors Cole Murray, Matt Rosenwinkel and Dean Danos were honored in a pregame ceremony.

STATS LEADERS

Drew McDonald converted 8-of-13 field goal attempts and made all six free throws en route to a team-high 23 points. He added a game-high six rebounds.
Lavone Holland II was just shy of an unconventional double-double, finishing with 17 points and nine assists. The nine assists tie his career-mark.
Carson Williams was the beneficiary of multiple Holland assists. He was 5-of-7 from the floor and 7-of-7 at the charity stripe in his 17-point effort.

TURNING POINT

Valparaiso took its first and only lead of the game with 12:39 left in the second half. Holland answered with a three for the Norse. Derrik Smitz knotted the game at 58-all on the game's next possession, but Murray responded with his third three of the game to put NKU ahead for good.
NKU's last field goal of the game was a turnaround jumper from McDonald with just over a minute remaining. That bucket put the Norse ahead five and NKU went 6-for-6 down the stretch at the line to seal the win.
FIRST-HALF SUMMARY

Jordan Garnett started the game with an emphatic dunk on NKU's second possession and the Norse never trailed in the opening half. Jeff Garrett scored four-straight points to put the Norse ahead, 16-6, which was the largest lead of the game for either team.
Northern Kentucky led 40-37 at intermission thanks to blistering shooting on offensive. NKU shot 64 percent (14-of-22) from the floor, despite just shooting 14.3 percent (1-of-7) from three. Valpo converted just 44 percent (12-of-27) in the first half. Williams had 13 in the stanza and McDonald added 12.

SECOND-HALF SUMMARY

The Norse continued their torrid shooting in the second half, making 52 percent (12-of-23) from the floor and 58 percent (7-of-12) from three. There were four ties and just two lead changes in the second half, but NKU responded after the final lead change. The first bucket was Murray's three.
NKU's lead reached as much as eight points, 69-61, with six minutes remaining and the Norse led the rest of the way.

GAME NOTES

The Norse are guaranteed at least a tie for third-place in the Horizon League. A loss from Green Bay in its game Sunday afternoon gives NKU sole possession of third.
Northern Kentucky shot 58 percent (26-of-45) for the game, marking the best shooting performance any team has put up against Valpo's defense this year.
NKU won the rebounding battle (28-27) for the 24th time, improving to 19-5 in such games.
NKU moved to 17-3 on the season when a player reaches at least 20 points in the win column. McDonald's 23-point effort was the 25th time a Norse put up at least 20 points.
Northern Kentucky is also 13-0 when scoring 80 or more points and 18-4 when posting at least 70.

NEXT UP

The Norse await their seeding for Motor City Madness, the Horizon League's postseason tournament. NKU has already solidified either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed and will play on Sunday, March 5 in Detroit.

Final Horizon League Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Oakland 14-4 24-7
Valparaiso 14-4 24-7
Northern Kentucky 12-6 21-10
Green Bay 12-6 18-12
Wright State 11-7 20-11
UIC 7-11 14-17
Detroit Mercy 6-12 8-22
Youngstown State 5-13 11-20
Cleveland State 5-13 9-21
Milwaukee 4-14 8-23

Transylvania Comes Up Short in HCAC Semifinals, Jones Scores 1,500th Career Point

Hanover 78
Transylvania 76

Final from Hanover, Indiana

Here is a recap from TU:

Hanover, Ind. – Meeting for the third time this season, the Transylvania men's basketball team endured a similar final-second loss against the Hanover College Panthers with a 78-76 defeat in Saturday afternoon's semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament.

Looking to erase the sting of two regular-season last-second losses against Hanover by a combined three points, the Pioneers entered Saturday's game in the highest of stakes. On the line was a chance to advance to Sunday's HCAC Tournament Championship game for the right to the automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 1 seed and tournament host, Hanover put its foot on the gas as the game begun, taking a 22-12 lead in the first 10 minutes of gameplay. Transylvania promptly responded with a 10-2 run as the back-and-forth dynamic conjured up eerie memories of the Pios and Panthers' first two meetings of the season.

Hanover took back momentum following the Transy run, but the Pioneers replicated another 10-2 run to close out the half, capped off by senior guard Alex Jones' layup that spotted the Pioneers a 40-38 halftime advantage.

The Pioneers continued riding their wave of momentum out of the half as freshman guard Gabe Schmitt hit a 3-pointer to extend Transylvania's lead to 49-42 with 15:59 left in the second half.

Hanover roared back to tie the game at 51-51 with 11:43 remaining on an inside finish from Corey Muchmore. From that point on, the contest remained a one-possession game full of ties and lead changes until the 3:16 mark of the second half, when a jump shot from Wes McKinney and free throw from guard Cam Fails pushed Hanover's lead to 70-64.

The pendulum swung the other way to a Transy team that was looking for revenge and redemption after two bitter regular-season losses to the Panthers. Freshman guard Spencer McKinney confidently buried a side triple, and Jones scored on an and-one play inside to bring the Pioneers within two. Sophomore guard Cooper Theobald crafted his way inside to tie the game at 72-all with 1:45 to go.

The game went back-and-forth in the final 100 seconds, and when McKinney hit a free throw to put Hanover ahead 75-74, Transylvania issued a response on a willed drive from Jones for a 76-75 lead. But Hanover executed a patient play to set up Muchmore for an inside shot and was fouled on the play; Muchmore completed his three-point play to put Hanover ahead 78-76 with less than five seconds to go.

The Pioneers inbounded from near midcourt and Jones hung up a fadeway three that fell short as the clock expired, bringing his prolific career and the 2016-17 season for the Pioneers to a close.

Jones finished with a game-high 31 points on the same day the senior became the 17th member of the Transylvania men's basketball program to hit the 1,500-point career scoring mark. Jones completed his Pioneers career with 1,515 points.

Complete Recap

Field Set for 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament

The field is set for the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Nashville.

Belmont finished as the overall No. 1 seed and earned a double bye as champions of the East Division.

UT Martin secured the West Division and a double bye with Saturday's win over Murray State.

Despite losing to Jacksonville State on Saturday, Morehead State earned the No. 3 seed thanks to SEMO's home loss to Austin Peay. The Eagles will have a single bye next week.

Jacksonville State will also have a bye as the No. 4 seed.

With the loss, SEMO dropped to No. 5 and will face No. 8 Tennessee State in Nashville.

No. 6 Tennessee Tech will battle No. 7 Murray State in the first round.

Eastern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville, Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky did not qualify for the conference tournament.

Ohio Valley Conference Final Standings

WEST 

UT Martin 10-6 20-11
Southeast Missouri State 9-7 14-17
Murray State 8-8 14-16
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIU Edwardsville 1-15 6-24

EAST

Belmont 15-1 22-5
Morehead State 10-6 14-15
Jacksonville State 9-7 17-14
Tennessee State 8-8 17-12
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-19
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


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