Monday, February 29, 2016

Rush to meet Tougaloo in GCAC tourney at 2 p.m. Friday


GCAC Tournament website

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball will take another shot at Tougaloo in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Tip-off will be 2 p.m. Friday at Dillard's Dent Hall.
    
The GCAC announced the schedule Sunday. The GCAC Tournament offers free admission at all games for students of GCAC schools with a valid school ID. All other tickets will cost $5. This is the third consecutive year that New Orleans plays host to the GCAC Tournament.
    
The Gold Rush (19-11) tied for third place in the regular-season standings at 6-6 but are seeded fourth. Tougaloo (13-11, 5-7) is seeded fifth.
    
Xavier won its last 10 meetings against Tougaloo, two this season, and shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of the last six meetings. The Gold Rush defeated the Bulldogs 83-75 at Xavier Jan. 18, then got a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Seth Jackson in an 84-81 victory at Tougaloo this past Monday.
    
Xavier defeated Tougaloo 85-72 in the 2015 GCAC Tournament semifinals.
    
All three Friday men's games will be played at Dillard. Third-seeded Philander Smith will play sixth-seeded Edward Waters at noon, and second-seeded Dillard will play seventh-seeded SUNO at 5 p.m.
    
All women's and men's tournament games Saturday and Sunday will be played at XU's Convocation Center. The Xavier-Tougaloo winner will meet top-seeded Talladega, which has a first-round bye, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The championship game will start at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
    
The tournament winner will earn an automatic berth to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship March 16-22 at Kansas City, Mo. Talladega defeated Xavier 76-58 in the 2015 GCAC tourney final at Xavier.
    
The Gold Rush qualified for nationals each of the past five seasons.

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Nuggets, DU will lead off GCAC tourney at noon Friday

NEW ORLEANS — The women's basketball teams of Xavier University of Louisiana and city rival Dillard will lead off the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament with a noon game Friday at SUNO's facility, The Castle. The GCAC announced the schedule Sunday.
    
The Gold Nuggets (19-11) tied for second place in the regular-season standings at 7-5 but are seeded third. Dillard (9-16, 4-8) is seeded sixth.
    
The GCAC Tournament offers free admission at all games for students of GCAC schools with a valid school ID. All other tickets will cost $5. This is the third consecutive year that New Orleans plays host to the GCAC Tournament.
    
The visiting team won both XU-Dillard matchups this season. Dillard won 57-52 at Xavier Feb. 6, and Xavier won 63-57 Saturday at Dillard. Bo Browder, in his 17th season as coach of the Gold Nuggets, is 6-0 against Dillard in the GCAC Tournament. The most recent victory was 60-47 in the 2014 quarterfinals at Dillard.
    
All three Friday women's games will be played at SUNO's gym. Fourth-seeded Philander Smith will play the defending champion, fifth-seeded SUNO, at 2 p.m., and second-seeded Edward Waters will play seveth-seeded Tougaloo at 5 p.m.
    
All women's and men's tournament games Saturday and Sunday will be played at XU's Convocation Center. The Xavier-Dillard winner will meet the Edward Waters-Tougaloo winner at 5 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The championship game will start at 2 p.m. Sunday.
    
The tournament winner will earn an automatic berth to the NAIA Division I National Championship March 16-22 at Independence, Mo. SUNO defeated Xavier 55-47 in the 2015 GCAC tourney final at Xavier.
    
The Gold Nuggets qualified for nationals 18 of the past 21 seasons but did not in 2015.

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New coach Massey feels at home at WSSU

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- Robert Massey looks around at the facilities, sees the amount of scholarship space available and the winning tradition at Winston-Salem State, and he can’t help but smile.

“It’s the total package,” said Massey, who was hired recently to be an assistant football coach with the Rams. “I’m just happy to now be a part of Winston-Salem State, and the best part is I don’t have to go against them anymore.”

Massey, 50, was fired at Shaw as the head coach after a 1-9 season in 2015, but it didn’t take long for him to land on his feet.

Kienus Boulware, who completed his second season as head coach of the Rams with a CIAA title, didn’t have to venture too far down his list of contacts to find Massey. The two have worked together before as assistants at N.C. Central and Shaw.

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Syracuse Football: Scouting Delaware State Transfer DE Gabe Sherrod

SYRACUSE, New York -- Yesterday provided a huge bit of welcome news for Syracuse Orange football fans. Down to just three defensive ends in spring practice, the situation was looking dire for the team to make an addition to ease fears around an overly inexperienced group taking the field this fall.

Luckily, help came in the form of a verbal commitment from Delaware State defensive end transfer Gabe Sherrod. As a graduate student, he'll be able to play right away at SU, and likely shoots to the top of the depth chart, especially given the team's depth issues there. He'd be slated alongside some combination of redshirt freshman Jake Pickard to start with, one would think. while getting ample contributions from Trey Dunkelberger and Kenneth Ruff (both of whom are on campus this spring), and the three incoming freshmen.



But what are we getting from Sherrod, other than starting snaps? Ends up, quite a bit.
 
This season, the big (6-foot-4) end was a force for Delaware State, racking up the second-most tackles for loss in all of the FCS with 25 (!!!). As a converted wideout, Sherrod's used that speed and his hands to quickly get after ball-carriers and get in the way of the football even when the sack fails. Obviously FCS competition is a step down in many cases (especially from a power conference), but his production didn't really dip as opponents ranged from the MEAC to the Big South and even the MAC last year in Kent State. His production and ability to get into the backfield quickly has already come up in conversations for the 2017 NFL Draft. It's worth a quick look at his video below for more.
 

Blue Hose overcome 6 match points, beat Gold Rush 4-3

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — Presbyterian's Brandon Mills overcame six match points Sunday in a 2-6, 7-6 (13-11), 6-1 victory against Tushar Mandlekar, giving the Blue Hose a 4-3 men's tennis victory against NAIA No. 4 Xavier University of Louisiana.
    
Presbyterian (4-10) snapped the five-dual win streak of the Gold Rush (5-3). Xavier sought its third victory of the season against an NCAA Division I opponent and its third in a row.
    
Mills won at No. 5 singles. "That was a hard-fought match," XU coach A;an Green said. "Mills played big in that tiebreaker, so credit goes to him in that situation. We will learn from this as we move along this season. We could have played better in doubles, which would have made the final match moot."
    
For the third consecutive time against NCAA DIs, Xavier got singles victories from Karan Salwan, Thomas Setodji and Adam Albrecht. Karan Salwan defeated Alexander Lykou 6-1, 6-1 at the top flight, Thomas Setodji beat Alejandro Bejar 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2, and Adam Albrecht defeated Ben Kelley 6-2, 7-5.
    
Presbyterian clinched the doubles point when Mills and Lykou beat Setodji and Kevin Chaouat 6-4.
    
Xavier's men and women will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play NAIA-ranked William Carey at 3 p.m. Friday. There will be duals at XU Tennis Center next weekend; the Gold Nuggets will play NAIA No. 22 LSU-Alexandria at noon Saturday, and the Nuggets and Rush will play William Woods at 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free to all XU home duals.

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SWAC rivals Jackson State, Southern set to collide at MGM Park

BILOXI, Mississippi -- Division I college baseball arrives at MGM Park this week.

A match-up between SWAC rivals Jackson State and Southern University starts at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, marking the beginning of a seven-game series of D1 college games at the new stadium.

Southern Miss-South Alabama will serve as the second and final college game of the week at MGM Park when the two teams play at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in a long-running regional rivalry.

"This was, in my mind, one of the main reasons we built this stadium," Biloxi Shuckers minority owner Tim Bennett said. "A very close second to minor league baseball was college athletics."

There will also be a high school baseball game at MGM Park at 7 p.m. Thursday when Biloxi and D'Iberville face off.

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Montgomery native Tarvaris Jackson talks Lanier, ASU football

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Tarvaris Jackson has played the last three NFL seasons across the country in Seattle, but still follows and supports his high school and college back home.

The Montgomery native talked Monday about Sidney Lanier High and Alabama State University, two places he made his mark before having a 10-year NFL career. Currently a free agent quarterback, Jackson said he was “surprised” C.J. Harris was fired at Lanier after leading the Poets to the AHSAA Class 5A football playoffs.

“He had been building,” said Jackson about Harris. “They had a good season this year. Made the playoffs. Had everything going in the right direction. Just the timing of it.”

Lanier principal Antonio Williams announced the firing in a statement Feb. 1. Jackson said he didn’t know “everything” that went into the firing, but has spoken to Williams about the situation.

“It’s a sensitive subject, a lot of he say, she say type stuff,” Jackson said. “I just wanted (Williams) to know that I support whoever because it’s my school. They’ve had guys over there that I didn’t know anything about or never heard of before but I supported the school because that’s my school. I always want to see them do well.”

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Stillman basketball teams enter tournament on winning streaks

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is having its tournament in Birmingham at the Bill Harris Arena starting today and running through Saturday. Both the Stillman men and women's basketball teams are competing for a chance at the title this year and both are coming into the tournament with a winning streak.

The men's team has won 14 games in a row and 19 of its last 20. Stillman finished its regular season with a 23-5 (17-1 SIAC) record to grab a first round bye and the SIAC West No. 1 seed. The Tigers won't play until Wednesday against the winner of Clark Atlanta vs. Tuskegee University.

“It's been a blessing the whole year. We've been working hard as team getting better on and off the court,” senior guard Devin McNeil said. “We are coming (into the SIAC Tournament) thinking it's a new season, the championship is up for grabs, and everybody is coming to play hard because it's their last go-around too.”

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Langston Lady Lions Close Out Regular Season with W

LANGSTON ENDS REGULAR SEASON 20-6, 14-4 RRAC
LANGSTON, Oklahoma -- It came down to the fire but ultimately the No. 25 Langston Lady Lions prevailed 67-58 over St. Thomas Saturday night, Feb. 27 to close out the regular season.

The Lady Lions trailed 54-53 with 6:15 remaining but Langston didn't fret; sparked by a quick bucket by Sharron Carter (SR/Tulsa, OK), the Lady Lions rolled to an 11-0 scoring run to overtake the Celts 64-54 at the 2:49 minute mark.

St. Thomas worked their way within six but a missed bucket by Maghen Lormand and a three-pointer by Darreion Clark (JR/Tulsa, OK) put Langston up by nine and the game out of reach with 30 seconds remaining.

With the win the Lady Lions finish the regular season at 21-6 and 14-4 in the Red River conference; Langston is in sole-possession of second-place and will receive a first-round bye in the RRAC tournament.

The RRAC tournament starts Thursday, March 3 in Longview, Texas. The final bracket will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Offensively, the Lady Lions finished at 45 percent (24-of-53) and combined to 14-of-20 free throw tries; T'Keya Mason (SR/Long Beach, CA) led Langston in scoring with 22 points.

Che'Ron Lewis (JR/Cushing, OK) added 15 and Clark pumped in 13 points.
 
 
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Langston Blows By St. Thomas


LANGSTON, Oklahoma – The No. 13 Langston Lions lived up to their billing Saturday night, Feb. 27 with a 100-78 victory over St. Thomas at C.F. Gayles Gymnasium.

From the opening tip it was complete domination by the Lions as they built a 23-point lead at 50-27 with 3:39 left in the first half; Langston led at the break 57-39 and shot a remarkable 60 percent (18-of-30) and knocked down 12-of-14 free throws.

The second-half was much of the same as the Lions pushed their lead to 30 points following a three-pointer by Antonio Arnold (SR/Flint, Mich.) to make it 92-62.

The victory wraps up a 22-6 regular season for Langston; the Lions currently sit in second-place in the Red River conference standings at 14-3 and will await their draw in the conference tournament.
The RRAC tournament starts Thursday, March 3 in Longview, Texas. The final bracket will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Offensively, the Lions shot 56 percent (36-of-64) from the field, went 14-for-27 from behind the arc and nailed 14-of-20 free throw attempts.

Curtis Jones (SR/Chicago, Ill.) paced Langston with 25 points, Terrell Jones (JR/Memphis, Tenn.) added 14, Renard Green (JR/Dallas, Texas) chipped in 13 and Arnold pumped in 12 points.

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Wiley Wildcats clinch tournament berth with victory over Huston-Tillots

AUSTIN, Texas – The Wiley College men's basketball team guaranteed itself one more basketball game, as it clinched a spot in the Red River Athletics Conference Tournament with a 76-68 victory over Huston-Tillotson Saturday.

The Wildcats (16-11, 8-10 in RRAC) limited Huston Tillotson, which averages 93 points per game, to 37 percent shooting. Wiley held Shai Fields, who is the top scorer in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, to 14 points on 15 shot attempts.

"We made sure we knew where Fields was at all times," coach Jameus Hartsfield said. "He's a really good offensive player and the team feeds off him."

Wiley College made 48 percent of its field goal attempts and made seven of its 15 3-point attempts. The Wildcats led 37-28 at halftime. In the second half, Wiley led by as many as 19 and led by double digits most of the half.

Kevondric Davis (SO/Shreveport, LA) led all scorers with 17 points. Patrick Banks (JR/Jackson, MS) had his most productive game of the season, as he recorded a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds off the bench.

"Banks played as if it was do or die situation," Hartsfield said. "I've challenged him to bring that same energy through the tournament."

George Page (JR/Winnfield, LA), who is a RRAC First Team All-Conference candidate and Terrell Guy Jr. (SR/Houston, TX) finished in double figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Andre Jackson (SO/Natchitoches, LA) recorded a game-high eight assists.

The Wildcats will play in the first round of the Red River Athletics Conference Tournament on Thursday. Opponent and time is to be determined.

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Lincoln to Host Emporia State in MIAA Tourney First Round



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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri --  The Lincoln men's basketball team earned the No. 7 seed in the 2016 MIAA Tournament and will host No. 10 Emporia State in a first round game on Tuesday (March 1) at 7:00 p.m. CST.

The Blue Tigers tied for fifth in the final MIAA standings with an 11-11 conference record, and finished the season 15-13 overall. Emporia State, meanwhile, ended the year 13-15 overall and 10-12 in MIAA play. Lincoln swept the regular season series, beating the Hornets 71-65 in Emporia, Kan. on Jan. 2 before winning a 76-70 decision against ESU on Feb. 13.

The winner of Tuesday night's game will advance to Kansas City to play No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney on Friday (March 4) at 2:15 p.m. CST.

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Tickets for Tuesday night's game in Jason Gym will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students, while children six and under will receive free admission. Due to this being a postseason contest, tickets for Lincoln students, with a valid ID, will cost $5. Normal regular season MIAA rules will apply to the contest, with the exception that media timeouts will occur every four minutes instead of every five. As usual, live stats and video will be available at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/lincoln/.

This will be the first postseason appearance of any kind for Lincoln since the 1986-87 season, and it will mark the first time either LU basketball team has hosted a playoff game since the MIAA began playing first round games at campus sites in 2012-13.



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TSU Track and Field Places Third at OVC Indoor Championship

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Tennessee State men’s track and field team earned a third place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday at the Gentry Center. 15 different athletes scored points in individual events on the day for TSU.
 
With a score of 132.5, the Flying Tigers finished just 7.5 points behind first-place Eastern Illinois (140 points), while Southeast Missouri took second with 134 points.
 
Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) won gold in the 800m with a new OVC Indoor Championship record time of 1:49.80, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of the runner-up. The time beats the old meet record of 1:50.03 set by Murray State’s Stevon Roberts at the 1992 Championship. The time is also the best Prince has run indoors in his collegiate career.
The Flying Tigers added four individual silver medals on the day to go with a silver in the 4x400m relay.
 
Shawn Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) took second in the 55m hurdles (7.73), while Malik Wright (Tampa, Fla.) clocked in at 21.88 in the 200m to finish in second. In the field events, Marc McCoy (Tampa, Fla.) set a new personal record in the triple jump with a mark of 15.25m to take second, and Kyle Washington-Scott (St. Louis, Mo.) came up with a throw of 16.68m to earn a silver medal in the shot put.
 
TSU’s 4x400m relay squad comprised of Jason Griffin (Gallatin, Tenn.), Jontue McDowell (Jacksonville, Fla.), Prince and Wright put together the event’s second-fastest time of 3:15.87.
 
Tennessee State added three bronze medals on the day, good for six points apiece toward team scoring. Griffin clocked in third in the 55m hurdles (7.74), Shaquille Cragwall (Lebanon, Tenn.) took third in the triple jump (15.13m) and Roc-M Nesbitt (Atlanta, Ga.) threw the shot put 16.19m for a bronze medal.
 
In fourth place in their respective events on the day were Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) in the triple jump (15.13m), Wright in the 400m (48.93), Kenji Anderson (Cordova, Tenn.) in the heptathlon (4488) and James Stewart (Nashville, Tenn.) in the 200m (22.32).
 
OVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
1) Eastern Illinois 140
2) SE Missouri 134
3) Tennessee State 132.5
4) Eastern Kentucky 99
5) SIU-Edwardsville 87
6) Belmont 64.5

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CHAMPIONS! TSU Tigerbelles Capture Fifth OVC Indoor Championship

NASHVILLE, Tennessee Powered by nine top three individual finishes on Saturday at the Gentry Center, the Tennessee State women’s track and field team earned its fifth Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship, besting the field with 124 points. TSU Head Coach Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice won her fifth OVC Indoor Coach of the Year award on the women’s side on the day.
 
The Tigerbelles, which also won the OVC Indoor Championship in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2014, finished 25 points ahead of Eastern Illinois in second place with 99 points.
 


Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) won three individual gold medals on the day, posting first-place finishes in the 200m (24.16), 55m hurdles (7.62) and triple jump (13.35m). She tacked on a fourth-place performance in the 55m (6.96). 
 
Hughes set a new meet record in the triple jump with a distance of 13.35m, tying for the fourth-best in Division I this season. The effort tops her previous career best of 13.29m from the Gladstein Invitational. The previous meet record was 13.00m by SIUE’s Jatavia Wright in 2014.
 
In the Tigerbelles’ other top finish on the day, the 4x400m relay team turned in a record-setting first place time of 3:42.35. Hughes teamed with Clairwin Dameus (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) and Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) to break the old OVC Indoor Championship record time of 3:42.73 set by TSU in 2014.
 
Dameus added crucial points to TSU’s total by winning silver medals in the 55m (6.95) and the 55m hurdles (7.68) to equal 16 points.
 
Helping the Tigerbelles complete the sweep in the triple jump, Amber Townsend (Atlanta, Ga.) captured the silver medal with a jump of 12.53m, while Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) took home the bronze in third place (12.43m). The jumps were both new personal records for Townsend and Beard.  
Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) added another medal, winning bronze in the 55m hurdles (7.95), while Christian Pryor gave TSU five points thanks to her fourth place finish in the 800m (2:13.40). The time was the best of Pryor’s indoor career.
 
COMPLETE RESULTS
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OVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
1) Tennessee St. 124

2) Eastern Illinois 99
3) Eastern Kentucky 74
4) Murray State 68
5) Austin Peay 63
6) SE Missouri 56
7) SIU-Edwardsville 53
8) Tennessee Tech 49
9) Jacksonville St. 47
10) Belmont 30
 
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Virginia Union Wins CIAA Women's Basketball Championship with Late Rally Over Shaw, 70-66


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Virginia Union used a late 10-2 fourth quarter rally to down Shaw 70-66 to win their second title in program history.

Virginia Union (25-2) held Shaw (24-7) in check for the final 3:30 of the contest, thanks to the Panther duo of Kiana Johnson and Lady Walker, who contributed all 10 VUU points on the championship-clinching run.

As a team, Virginia Union shot 34.6% (27-78) from the field and 28.1% (9-32) from three point range. Shaw returned a 32.4% (22-68) shooting percentage and the normally reliable Bears managed only a 15.0% (2-20) outing from long range.

Northern Division top seeded Virginia Union wasted no time in solidifying the early first quarter lead, as they vaulted to the early 10-3 lead capped by a Taylor White jumper. Shaw quickly erased the seven point deficit when Eboni Ross and Kaula Jacks scored on consecutive possessions to draw even at 10-10 at the 3:03 mark. Over the final stages of the first quarter, Shaw was able to take the 11-10 lead after a Tabatha Anderson free throw, but VUU's Kiana Johnson regained the lead for the Panthers at 13-11 when she cashed in from long range.

In the second quarter, the teams battled through three lead changes as neither team could pull away. Virginia Union gained a three point advantage at the 8:01 mark when Kiana Johnson nailed a three-pointer, but Shaw's Fantasha Tyson equaled that shot with one of her own with 6:18 left to again tie the score at 21-21. VUU would then take the lead on a Taylor White free throw and would made it a three point game at 26-23 when Johnson connected for another basket with 3:04 to play.

Shaw's Kaula Jacks would pull the Bears to within one (28-27) after a jumper at 2:08. After forcing a VUU turnover, Eboni Ross gave Shaw the 29-28 lead after a layup with 25 seconds left and was fouled on the play by Lady Walker. Ross would hit the free throw to extend Shaw's lead to 30-28, a mark that they would take into the halftime break, as Virginia Union could not get another shot off in the half.

After Ross extended the Shaw lead to 31-28 on a free throw at the start of the third quarter, the Panthers' Johnson would connect from long range to tie it once again, this time at 31-31.

Tied at 41-41 at the 4:52 mark, Shaw would go on a 6-0 run over the next 1:40 to take a 47-41 lead after Aaliyah Mercer converted a free throw. Virginia Union again made a big play, this time from Lady Walker, as she cut the Bear lead to 47-44, after knocking down a layup while getting fouled, and she added the free throw for the three-point play.

After a Shaw free throw on the other end, Kiana Johnson launched a deep three pointer that again trimmed the Bears' lead to 47-48 with 2:34 to play. Shaw again pushed the ball inside, earning a foul and Eboni Ross canned both free throws to go up 50-47. Following the free throws, Virginia Union connected from deep again, this time from Zana Godoy, tying the game again, at 50-50. Shaw would then get baskets from Jacks and Ross to close the quarter, with the Bears holding the 54-52 advantage.

Shaw kept the Panthers at bay through much of the fourth quarter, as they matched Virginia Union basket by basket until Kiana Johnson dropped in a three pointer at the 2:43 mark and was fouled. Her free throw rimmed out and Shaw clinged to the 64-63 lead. Following a media timeout with 2:30 to go, the Panthers turned it over with 1:43 left, giving Shaw a chance to extend their lead. After a missed three-pointer and an official's review, Virginia Union retained possession and Lady Walker gave VUU the 65-64 lead in traffic with 1:04 remaining.

In the midst of VUU pressure, they forced a turnover and foul with 50.3 left. CIAA Player of the Year Kiana Johnson splashed a huge three-pointer that gave VUU the 68-64 lead. Shaw then was able to get a layup from Eboni Ross to trim the lead to 68-66 with 7.0 seconds remaining. After the Bears called timeout, Virginia Union called timeout to set up their offense. After two Shaw fouls that put VUU in the bonus, Lady Walker stepped to the line and calmly hit both shots to make it 70-66, still with 7.0 seconds to play.

Following a full timeout by Shaw, the Bears three point attempt was short and VUU secured the rebound to earn their second CIAA Championship.

VUU's Kiana Johnson was named Tournament MVP while teammates Rahni Bell and Lady Walker earned All-Tournament honors. Shaw's Kaula Jacks, Eboni Ross, and Tabatha Anderson also received All-tournament plaudits.

With the win Virginia Union earns the CIAA's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division II Tournament. The Official brackets will be unveiled on March 6 at 10:00 p.m. during the selection show at NCAA.com.

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2016 CIAA All-Tournament Team
Kiana Johnson Virginia Union - MVP

Shaw -  Tabatha Anderson
Virginia Union - Rahni Bell
Bowie State - Kiara Colston
Livingstone - Amber Curtis
Chowan - Alisha Mobley
Shaw- Kaula Jacks
JCSU - Asha Jordan
Shaw - Eboni Ross
VUU - Lady Walker

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Virginia State Shuts Down Livingstone for CIAA Championship Title


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina --  Guard-forward Javon Moore scored 30 points and guard Kevin Williams added 24 points as Virginia State took charge in the second half to dethrone Livingstone 89-79 for the CIAA Tournament Men's Basketball Championship at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

The Trojans used a 12-0 opening run in the second half to win their first title since claiming back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1988. They outscored the two-time defending champions 54-43 in the second half after trailing 36-35 at halftime.

"I'm just so proud of my guys," said Trojans' Head Coach Lonnie Blow, Jr., who became the first coach in history to lead two different teams to CIAA men's basketball titles. "We set a goal earlier in the season to be conference champions. In August, we were weightlifting and getting up early, conditioning and doing things like that with this day in mind."

The Trojans (22-5 overall), who earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament, were the best team in the CIAA during the regular season. They entered the CIAA Tournament ranked seventh in the Atlantic Region, and will await their national tournament seeding on the NCAA selection show, which will air March 6 on NCAA.com at 10 p.m.

The Trojans also proved they were the best team in the tournament, winning three games in three nights by an average of 11.7 points. They put the Blue Bears in a hole early in the second half, and the Blue Bears, playing their fourth game in four nights, never led again.

"For the most part [this season], we were consistent with our effort and consistent with our execution," Blow said. "We are one unit, and that's the way we play."

The Trojans appeared to be in control of the first half after taking a 30-24 lead, but a late run put the Blue Bears ahead 36-35 at halftime. Williams says the talk in the Trojans' locker room at halftime centered around one topic.

"Defense, Defense, Defense!" said Williams, the tournament MVP. "We didn't say nothing about offense."

Williams scored 19 points and Javon Moore scored 16 points in the second half as the Trojans knocked the Blue Bears off balance with a flurry of points. The Trojans led 47-36 at the 15:04 mark, and padded their lead to 64-49 with 8:45 remaining on Javon Moore's free throw off his steal.

Led by guard Daryl Traynham, the Blue Bears had some fight left. Traynham scored 10 points during a 12-2 run to get his squad within five points. His three-pointer pulled the Blue Bears within 66-61 with 5:57 left.

The Trojans responded with their own run to put the game out of reach. Williams made two free throws for an 84-71 lead with 58 seconds remaining, capping an 18-10 run. The Trojans connected on 10 of 13 free throws during that span.

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The trio of Waymond Wright, Elijah Moore and Cyonte Melvin each scored eight points for the Trojans. Tyler Peterson chipped in seven points.

Traynham and forward Ty Newman both came off the bench to score 29 points and 21 points, respectively, for the Blue Bears, the No. 4 Southern Division seed whose season ended at 15-16 overall. Juwan Cole added 11 points.

The Blue Bears were playing their fourth game in four nights, but Newman says that wasn't the reason they fell to the Trojans.

"They were hungry," Newman said. "They looked like the best team in the conference in the second half."

The Trojans' trio of Williams, Javon Moore and forward Elijah Moore in addition to the Blue Bears' threesome of Traynham, Newman and guard Eric Debose were named to the All-CIAA Tournament team after the contest. The other All-Tourney players were guard Ray Anderson of Virginia Union, guard Ahmaad Wilson of Bowie State, guard Anthony Gaskins of Saint Augustine's and guard Joshua Dawson of Fayetteville State. Johnson C. Smith won the CIAA Men's Team Sportsmanship Award.

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Kevin Williams, Virginia State

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Ray Anderson, Virginia Union

Ahmaad Wilson, Bowie State

Daryl Traynham, Livingstone

Kevin Williams, Virginia State

Ty Newman, Livingstone

Elijah Moore, Virginia State

Eric Dubose, Livingstone

Anthony Gaskins, Saint Augustine's

Javon Moore, Virginia State

Joshua Dawson, Fayetteville State

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Johnson C. Smith

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Queens street will be named in honor of Knicks/TSU great Anthony Mason

NEW YORK, New York --  He’s some good news for Knicks fans.

A Queens street will be named in honor of late Knicks great Anthony Mason, who died nearly a year ago after suffering a massive heart attack.

A section of 147th St. between 123rd Ave. and Rockaway Blvd. will be co-named “Anthony Mason Way,” after the City Council last week approved a proposal to rename 42 streets throughout the city.



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Sawyer Betts & Brian Davis Shine as FAMU Baseball Splits with Jackson State

By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
JACKSON, Mississippi – Florida A&M (2-2) snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Jackson State (2-2) 15-2 in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader at Bob Braddy Field. JSU won game one by a score of 4-3. In game two, Brian Davis drove in seven runs while going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Davis belted his first home run of the season in the ninth inning and had a three-run double in the seventh inning. Game 2 starting pitcher Sawyer Betts (2-0) worked eight strong innings and allowed just two runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts and no walks for the win. The last time FAMU had a player record seven RBI in a game was Brian Braxton against Coppin State on March 27, 2004.

Alec Wong scored two runs while going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Marlon Gibbs also had a multi-hit performance going 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Peter Jackson recorded two doubles in the win with two RBI and two runs scored as the Rattler offense tallied 12 hits.

Brandon Fleming (0-1) suffered the game one loss for FAMU after being responsible for the go ahead run in the eighth inning. Fleming allowed one run on one hit.

In game one, JSU scored first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Bryce Brown led off with a walk on four pitches and stole second as Lamar Briggs went down swinging. Brown would score on Carlos Diaz’s RBI double to left. Tony Holton then grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning for the Tigers.

The Rattlers answered with two runs in the top of the second inning on Jacky Miles, Jr.’s two-run single to take a 2-1 lead. Davis and Dylan Dillard led off the Rattler second inning with back-to-back walks before Ben Ellzey moved both runners up a base with a sac bunt. Miles, Jr. then plated both runners with a two-run single back up the middle.

Florida A&M pushed its’ lead to 3-1 with a single run in the fourth inning. After a Davis groundout, Dillard and Ellzey were both hit-by-pitch in back-to-back at bats to put runners on first and second. Miles Jr. would reach on a fielder’s choice, off the glove of the shortstop, but Dillard was thrown out at third on a force out. Ellzey would later come around to score from second on Hutson’s RBI single to center.

Jackson State got a run back in the fifth inning to cut the FAMU lead to 3-2. Anthony Stricklin led off with a triple into left center and scored on Cornelius Copeland’s sac fly to left field.

In the sixth inning, the Tigers tied the game at 3-3. Jesus Santana drew a one-out walk and went to third on Holton’s single up the middle. CJ Newsome then reached on a bunt single back to the pitcher to load the bases and Santana later scored as Sam Campbell drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 3-3. With the bases still loaded, Stricklin grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

JSU would score the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning in what proved to be the final score of 4-3. Holton reached on a bunt single and went to second on an errant throw to first from Brandon Fleming. Newsome was then hit-by-pitch and Campbell moved the runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Copeland then reached on a fielder’s choice which allowed Holton to score the go ahead run.

FAMU had a chance in the top of the ninth inning with the tying run on second and the go ahead run on first, but was unable to get the runs home. Ellzey led off the ninth with a single up the middle and Peter Jackson then came in to pinch run for Ellzey at first base. Miles, Jr. put down a sac bunt to move Jackson to second and with two outs, Cameron Johnson drew a pinch hit walk, but Gibbs went down on strikes to end the game.

Jackson State reliever Rene Colon (1-0) earned the win after closing out theseventh inning and pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Colon only allowed one hit with one strikeout.

In game 2, the Rattlers scored quick and often.  FAMU scored first for a two run lead, in the second inning, on Miles, Jr. two run double. Davis drew a leadoff walk and Ellzey was hit-by-pitch to put runners at first and second with no outs. Dillard advanced the runners with a sacifice bunt before Miles, Jr. roped a two-run double into left center that gave FAMU the early lead.

The Tigers picked up a run in the bottom of the second inning as Santana led off the inning with a solo home run to make the score 2-1.

Florida A&M increased its’ lead to 4-1 with two more runs in the third inning. Gibbs led off with a walk and Wong was hit-by-pitch as runners were on first and second with no outs for the second straight inning. Gibbs was then thrown out at third as Gordon reached on a fielder’s choice bunt trying to advance the runners. Davis then came through by scoring Wong from second on an RBI single through the left side. Gordon later scored the second run of the inning on Ellzey’s sac fly to center,

The Rattlers added two more runs in the fourth inning to make the score 6-1. Jackson doubled to right with two outs and Gibbs singled down the right line to score Jackson. Gibbs advanced to second on the throw, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Wong’s RBI single to give Florida A&M a five-run advantage.

FAMU’s scored for the fourth straight inning, this time with three runs in the fifth inning that made the score 9-1. Ellzey singled with one out, Dillard walked and Miles Jr. was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. AJ Elkins drove in Ellzey with a sacrifice fly to left and Jackson then recorded his second double of the game, in as many at bats, to plate two more runs and push the Rattler lead to eight.

JSU scored their final run of the game, to make the score 9-2, with an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Briggs reached on an error and a double down the right line from Campbell put runners on second and third with no outs. After a strikeout, David Burke grounded out to second to plate Briggs for the unearned run.

Florida A&M scored a single run in the sixth inning and three more runs in the seventh inning, on Davis’ three-run double to left, to put the game out of reach at 13-2.
The Rattlers added two final runs in the ninth inning as Davis blasted his first home of the season, a two-run shot to deep right, for the 15-2 final.

Tiger starting pitcher Miguel Yrigoyen (1-1) took the loss after giving up eight runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Yrigoyen walked three batters and had two strikeouts.

Florida A&M and Jackson State close out the three-game series on Sunday at 1:00 PM at Bob Braddy Field.

As always, fans can follow Rattler Baseball on Twitter @BaseballFAMU and on Facebook, while live stats will be available via www.FAMUAthletics.com on the baseball schedule page.

Former coaches: Jackson State expects championships

JACKSON, Mississippi -- Only four days had passed since his introduction as Jackson State's head coach, but Tony Hughes was already well aware of what awaited him.

"At Jackson State, there’s nothing else acceptable except winning championships or playing for championships, that’s the standard. Getting this program back to that point is the only thing really acceptable," Hughes said. "If I was going to a program and the standard is a winning season, then it’s a different mentality. Or the standard of the program is let's be competitive every year, that’s a different standard. People around here don’t want to hear that. And I know that coming here, that’s why I took the challenge."

Hughes has yet to face the test of the regular season. He won't guide the Tigers, who went 3-8 in 2015 and have not won a SWAC championship since 2007, through their first day of spring practice until late March.

While Hughes waits to begin his first season, The Clarion-Ledger caught up with all of the living former Jackson State coaches who have coached the Tigers since 1964 — Rod Paige, Bob Hill, W.C. Gorden, James Bell, Rick Comegy and Harold Jackson. All but Comegy, who is currently rival Mississippi Valley State's coach, spoke with The Clarion-Ledger for this story.

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Gold Nuggets defeat Dillard, will get rematch Friday


NEW ORLEANS — Whitney Gathright's second double-double of the season and Jasmine Bush's three free throws with 53 seconds remaining helped Xavier University of Louisiana defeat Dillard 63-57 Saturday in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball.
    
The Gold Nuggets (19-11, 7-5) and Lady Bleu Devils (9-17, 4-8) will be rematched Friday in the opening round of the GCAC Tournament at SUNO. Xavier is seeded third, and Dillard is sixth. The GCAC will announce game times Sunday.
    
Gathright, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds, made a 3-pointer with 2:53 remaining to put Xavier ahead to stay, 55-54. After three consecutive scoreless possessions, Bush extended the Gold Nuggets' lead to 58-54 when she drew a foul on a 3-point attempt with three seconds remaining on the shot clock. Bush made all the free throws, and they were her only points of the game.
 
 "I drew contact, and I played it well," Bush said. "I was calm, I was ready for it. I had been practicing free throws all week for it."
    
Dillard trailed 23-14 after one quarter and 31-28 at halftime but took a 42-36 lead on Shaelynn Moore's two free throws at 2:23 of the third quarter. Xavier rallied to lead 46-44 at the end of the period.
    
Trana Hopkins had 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals for Xavier, and Ariel Sneed had a career-high-tying seven points and a career-best nine rebounds in her first start for the Gold Nuggets.
    
Dillard outshot Xavier 39.3 to 27.3 percent from the floor, but the Gold Nuggets made 22-of-29 free throws to Dillard's 7-of-13. Xavier outrebounded Dillard 58-28 and used a season-best 26 offensive rebounds to produce an 11-0 advantage in second-chance points.
    
Alyssa Washington scored 15 points, Alena Evans 12, Moore 11 and Keona Favis 10 for Dillard. Shantrell Lumar had a career-high 11 assists. Dillard is 0-5, including two home losses, since winning 57-52 at Xavier Feb. 6.

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Bleu Devils prevail 67-63 in OT against Gold Rush


NEW ORLEANS — Demetric Austin had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Jesse Ward scored six points in overtime Saturday to help NAIA No. 25 Dillard edge Xavier University of Louisiana 67-63 in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball at Dillard's Dent Hall.
    
The Bleu Devils (18-10, 8-4) secured No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, which will begin Friday. The Gold Rush (19-11, 6-6) will be seeded fourth.
    
Ward's basket at 4:40 of overtime put Dillard ahead to stay, 56-54. Xavier had two chances to tie in the final 20 seconds but missed a shot on one possession and committed a turnover on the other. Austin and teammate Dennis Hightower made 1-of-2 free throws apiece to close the scoring.
    
Austin also had four assists, a block and three steals, and the double-double was his GCAC-leading 10th of the season and second against Xavier. Ward finished with 12 points, and Dennis Reed had eight points and eight rebounds.
    
Morris Wright had 18 points, five assists and two steals for Xavier. Gary Smith scored 13 points, and RJ Daniels had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists. Chris Ward and Elex Carter grabbed seven rebounds apiece.
    
In the second half, Dillard rallied from a 44-35 deficit to take a 54-52 lead on a Montrey Thomas basket — his only points of the game — with 16 seconds remaining. Smith tied the score and forced overtime with a basket with 7.7 seconds remaining.
    
Xavier outshot Dillard 49 to 33.3 percent from the floor, but the Bleu Devils made 21-of-30 free throws to Xavier's 10-of-17. Dillard outrebounded Xavier 46-29 and had advantages of 23-4 in offensive rebounds and 16-0 in second-chance points. The Gold Rush limited Dillard to its fourth-lowest point total of the season and nearly 20 points below the Bleu Devils' season scoring average of 85.2.
    
Jesse Ward's basket at 9:24 of the first half gave Dillard a 20-13 lead, but a Kevin Murph 3-pointer in the 17th minute started a 10-2 run that gave the Gold Rush a 33-27 lead at halftime.
    
Dillard defeated its longtime city and GCAC rival for the first time since 2013 and the first time on its home floor since 2001. Xavier had won six straight overall and 11 straight at Dent Hall against the Bleu Devils. Xavier leads the series 84-50.
    
Xavier will return to Dillard to play fifth-seeded Tougaloo Friday in the opening round of the GCAC Tournament. The GCAC will announce starting times Sunday.

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Jackson State toughs out win against MVSU

JACKSON, Mississippi -- Jackson State has never really concerned itself with winning pretty.

That was certainly the case against Mississippi Valley State, as Paris Collins played despite nursing a nagging shoulder injury and Chace Franklin sat out with a sling on his left arm.

Even with the wear and tear, the Tigers pulled out an 60-49 victory against the Delta Devils at the Lee E. Williams AAC on Saturday night.

"The biggest thing for us right now is just to survive and get through games," JSU coach Wayne Brent said. "You have Gator Worsham, who is banged up. We have Paris Collins, who has an (injured) shoulder. We played without Chace Franklin. Right now we're trying to survive, get through games and battle through them and be tough.

"The thing about it is we have tough guys and battle through injuries."

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Southern women’s win streak ends at five in 85-74 loss to Alcorn State

LORMAN, Mississippi — The Southern women had won five consecutive games to regain control of their fate in the Southwestern Athletic Conference race.

But on Saturday, the winning streak came to an end and the Jaguars title hopes diminished in an 85-74 loss to Alcorn State in the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
Southern couldn’t stop the Lady Braves from getting to the basket, never got into a rhythm offensively and couldn’t overcome foul trouble.

As a result the Jaguars (15-10, 12-4) are two games behind first-place Texas Southern, which comes to the F.G. Clark Activity on Thursday for the second-to-last game of the regular season.
Alcorn, which lost to Southern 66-57 four weeks ago, is 6-10 and 9-17 after winning for the fifth time in six games.

“We didn’t have any intensity whatsoever from start to finish,” said forward Briana Green, whose performance mirrored that of the team as she scored 21 of her 25 points during a frenzied fourth-quarter attempt to overcome an 18-point deficit.

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Texas Southern Lady Tigers inch closer to regular season title

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Texas Southern University Lady Tiger's basketball team looked like a well-oiled machine on Saturday night as they cruised to an easy 70-41 win over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.

The win is the third straight for the Lady Tigers and pushes their overall record to 17-8.  More importantly, the victory inches the team closer to a regular season Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.  TSU is now 13-2 in SWAC play with three contests left in conference.

The Lady Tigers got contributions from a myriad of sources as three TSU players scored in double-digits and eight different players got on the board.  Keiana Vines led all scorers with 16 points.  She did much of her damage by way of the free-throw line as she hit 8-9 shots from the charity stripe.

Vines also added 8 rebounds.  She got lots of help from Brianna Sidney and Joyce Kennerson.  Sidney finished with 13 points and spaced the floor, going 3-8 on three-point attempts.  She also chipped in 5 boards.  Kennerson scored 14 points and knocked down two three-pointers of her own. 

While the team's offensive performance was impressive, the Lady Tigers also brought the intensity on the defensive side of the ball.  TSU's hard-nosed defense forced 27 Lady Bulldog turnovers.  The Lady Tigers finished the contest with 12 steals.  Vines made her presence felt down low as she rejected five Lady Bulldog shots.  Not to be outdone, Kennerson was pesky all night and came away with 4 steals. TSU held AAMU to 31.8 percent shooting from the field, and were even stingier in the second half as the Bulldogs only made 28 percent of their shots after halftime.

The Lady Tigers are in control of their own destiny in terms of winning the SWAC.  With the win, the team is now up 1.5 games over second-placed Southern University.

The Lady Tigers will try to expand that lead and close in on a conference championship in their next contest on Monday night when they welcome the Alabama State Lady Hornets to the HPE Arena.  Come cheer on TSU in their final home game of the season and show your appreciation for the hard work and dedication the seniors have invested during their time at the university.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Gold Nuggets beat Belhaven, Tougaloo on the road


JACKSON, Mississippi — Xavier University of Louisiana improved its women's tennis win streak to three Friday with victories against Belhaven and Tougaloo. The Gold Nuggets defeated the Blazers 5-3, then beat the Lady Bulldogs 6-0.

The Gold Nuggets (4-3), ranked 13th in the NAIA, have a three-dual win streak.
    
Xavier's Sha'Nel Bruins, Charlene Goreau, Tess Guarino and Dasia Harris went 2-0 in singles. After losing 2-of-3 doubles matches against Belhaven (4-2), the Gold Nuggets won 4-of-5 singles matches, and Bruins clinched with her 7-5, 6-4 victory against Mary Lichlyter.
    
Bruins is 5-1 in singles this semester and has a four-match win streak.
    
Guarino clinched against Tougaloo when she defeated Sakehenna Jones 8-0. Xavier and the Lady Bulldogs played pro-set singles matches, and Tougaloo (1-6) defaulted at the sixth flight. Doubles matches were not played.
    
Goreau and Jana van der Walt also won 8-0 against Tougaloo. Goreau's singles win streak is three.
    
The Gold Nuggets' next dual will start at 3 p.m. Friday at NAIA No. 6 William Carey in Hattiesburg, Miss. That will be the first of three duals in three days for the XU women.

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2015-16 SIAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards Announced

ATLANTA. Georgia – Stillman's Rodnerius Lewis was named the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

Also earning top honors for Stillman were Ronald Singleton who was named the Newcomer of the Year along with head coach Donte Jackson who was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Austin Lawton (Claflin) was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year and Sawyer Glick (Spring Hill) was named Freshman of the Year.

Lewis, a 6-4 senior guard from Memphis, Tenn. leads the SIAC in scoring, averaging 19.4 points per game. He recorded 13 20-point games and has shot 48.9 percent from the field this season. Lewis has averaged 4.5 rebounds a game and finished the regular season with 48 assists, 43 steals, and 21 blocks.

In his first season in the SIAC, Singleton has averaged 13.7 points a game along with 6.9 rebounds per game. The 6-7 junior forward from Milwaukee, Wis., has also recorded 40 assists, 22 blocks and 20 steals.

Lawton, a 6-8 center from Eutawville, S.C. averaged 6.9 rebounds throughout the regular season. The redshirt-freshman is first in the conference in blocks (2.8) and is 10th in NCAA Division II Men's Basketball.

Glick led Spring Hill in scoring with 15.8 points a game which is ninth in the league. A, 6-4 small forward from Columbus, Ind., Glick finished the season with 51 assists, 22 steals, and nine blocks. He also led the Badgers in 3-pointers (62) and averaged 4.3 rebounds a game.

Jackson led Stillman to a 22-5 overall record and a 16-1 mark in the SIAC. The Tigers who are the 2016 SIAC West Division Champions, enter next week's conference tournament on a 13-game winning streak. Stillman leads the SIAC in scoring offense (85.9), scoring margin (13.9), field goal percentage defense (40.2), 3-point field goal defense (29.3), assists per game (15.1), and defensive rebounds (29.19).

Joining Lewis, Singleton, and Glick on the all-conference first team are Terrance Bridgeman (Lane) and Arnis Libazs (Paine).

Highlighting the all-conference second team are Lawton, Maiscel Grier (Miles), Larry McGaughey (LeMoyne-Owen), Kendarius Ash (Lane), and Justin Street (LeMoyne-Owen).

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Player of the Year
Rodnerius Lewis (Stillman)

Defensive Player of the Year
Austin Lawton (Claflin)

Newcomer of the Year
Ronald Singleton (Stillman)

Freshman of the Year
Sawyer Glick (Spring Hill)

Coach of the Year
Donte Jackson (Stillman)

2015-16 All-SIAC Men's Basketball First Team
NameSchoolPos.Ht.Yr.Hometown
Rodnerius LewisStillmanG6-4Sr.Memphis, Tenn.
Terrance BridgemanLaneG6-3Jr.South Bend, Ind.
Ronald SingletonStillmanF6-7Jr.Milwaukee, Wis.
Sawyer GlickSpring HillF6-4R-Fr.Columbus, Ind.
Arnis LibazsPaineC6-8Sr.Riga, Latvia

2015-16 All-SIAC Men's Basketball Second Team
NameSchoolPos.Ht.Yr.Hometown
Maiscel GrierMilesG6-1Jr.Las Vegas, NV
Larry McGaugheyLeMoyne-OwenG6-5Sr.Memphis, Tenn.
Kendarius AshLaneF6-7R-Fr.Decatur, Ga.
Justin StreetLeMoyne-OwenF6-6Jr.Memphis, Tenn.
Austin LawtonClaflinC6-8R-Fr.Eutawville, S.C.