LAREDO, Texas The TAMIU men's basketball team withstood a late surge by Eastern New Mexico University, holding on for a 76-68 win Saturday night at the TAMIU KCB.
After leading by 24 midway through the second half Greyhounds' point guard Rodney Blackmon, who led all scorers with 27 points, led a ferocious comeback trimming TAMIU's lead all the way down to just three points.
Laredo native Danny Rosas (5'9''-G) hit two clutch three-pointers down the stretch and Johnel Grey banked home a shot to help TAMIU hold on for the win.
Head Coach Bryan Weakley picked up his first win as a head coach, but said he wasn't pleased with the way the team finished.
"It feels good to start the season with a win, but all I can think about is practice on Monday and our next game on Wednesday. This team has to figure out how we're going to rebounds and defend without fouling. Those are the two most important things we can possess as a team and they will determine the outcome of our season. The biggest positive I got from tonight's game was the way we shared the ball. They played unselfish and they care about one another."
Junior transfer Matt Culliver nearly recorded a triple double, leading all TAMIU scorers with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists. Rosas led the TAMIU bench, which outscored the Greyhounds' bench 29-7, with 13 points on 4-8 shooting from the field, including a 3-7 performance from beyond the arc. Damal Donaldson, Felipe Vezaro, and Jayvin Reynolds (6'6''-F/C) each finished with 10 points, while Grey added nine. The Dustdevils shot 50.9% from the field and 45% from three-point range.
After getting off to a slow start, the Dustdevils began to find their rhythm using an 8-0 run to grab a 12-4 lead. Leading 16-11 TAMIU began to pull away with three straight points by Reynolds and a three pointer from Culliver to give the home team a 23-14 lead. Vezaro hit back-to-back three's extending the lead to 16 points, before Donaldson and Rosas hit two more consecutive shots pushing TAMIU's lead to 20.
With the Dustdevil's leading by 22, ENMU's Dayton De La Cerda grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a shot in the paint as the first half buzzer sounded, sending TAMIU into the half with a 45-25 lead.
The Dustdevils came out strong again in the second half and Rosas three at the 14:22 mark gave TAMIU their biggest lead of the game at 58-34. Over the next nine minutes TAMIU missed seven shots and committed six turnovers allowing the Greyhounds to go on a 19-0 run, cutting the lead to 61-56.
Culliver finally ended the scoring drought with a layup and Rosas followed with a three to push the lead back out to ten. The Greyhounds came right back with a 9-2 run, capped by a Blackmon three, cutting the lead down to three. Rosas once again came through with another clutch three-ball and Grey banked home a layup with just over a minute left to play to give TAMIU a 73-65 lead. Rosas and Vezaro made crucial free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the 76-68 win.
The Dustdevils start the season 1-0 and will now begin preparations for a showdown with Texas A&M Kingsville, who swept the season series over TAMIU last year. The Dustdevils will battle the Javelinas on the road on November 14 in Kingsville at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: http://heartlandsports.org
From: gnacsports.com PORTLAND, Ore. - The GNAC Men's Basketball Newcomer of the Year and Alaska Anchorage have earned preseason selections from both Division II Bulletin and The Sporting News. Seawolves' senior guard Sekou Wiggs(6'4''-PG-94) was named by The Sporting News as a First Team Division II Preseason All-American and was a honorable mention for Division II Bulletin's Super 16 preseason All-American team. His team, meanwhile, enters the season ranked No. 3 in The Sporting News... [read more]
PORTLAND, Ore. - The GNAC Men's Basketball Newcomer of the Year and Alaska Anchorage have earned preseason selections from both Division II Bulletin and The Sporting News.
Seawolves' senior guard Sekou Wiggs (6'4''-PG-94) was named by The Sporting News as a First Team Division II Preseason All-American and was a honorable mention for Division II Bulletin's Super 16 preseason All-American team.
His team, meanwhile, enters the season ranked No. 3 in The Sporting News Preseason Top-10 and is No. 21 in Division II Bulletin's Preseason Top-25.
Wiggs, who transferred to UAA last year after two years at the Univ. of Idaho, was a unanimous First Team All-GNAC selection and was named a D2CCA Third Team All-American. He was also named to the list of 25 finalists for the inaugural Bevo Harris Award, honoring the top non-Division I basketball player in the nation. Wiggs led the GNAC and finished 11th in Division II with 24.1 points per game and also ranked third in the GNAC in both rebounding (7.3 per game) and steals (1.6 per game).
Wiggs finished the season by scoring at least 20 points in 21 straight games and finished the season with nine straight 20-plus point games. He scored a season-high 34 points against Cal Baptist on Oct. 31 and had a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds in a double-overtime win over Western Washington on Feb. 4.
Alaska Anchorage finished the 2015-16 season with a 21-11 overall record and tied for third in GNAC with a 14-6 record. The Seawolves advanced to the quarterfinals of the GNAC Championships before falling to Western Washington 78-73.
2016-17 Sporting News NCAA Division II Preseason Top 10 1. West Liberty (W.Va.) 2. St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) 3. Alaska Anchorage 4. Arkansas-Fort Smith 5. Angelo State (Texas) 6. Queens (N.C.) 7. Colorado School of Mines 8. Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 9. West Texas A&M 10. St. Cloud State (Minn.)
Sporting News NCAA Div. II Preseason All-America Team First Team David Chavlovich - West Texas A&M Justin Pitts - NW Missouri State Justin Reyes - St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) David Schmitt - Delta State (Miss.) Suki Wiggs - Alaska Anchorage
Second Team Gage Davis - St. Cloud State (Minn.) Michael Mallory - Southern Connecticut John Moon - Oklahoma Christian Michael Smith - California Baptist C.J. Wilson - Young Harris (Ga.)
From: smusaints.com LACEY, Wash. - Saint Martin's University head men's basketball coach Alex Pribble announced the additions of Logan Adams and Rico Nuno to the 2016-17 team. Adams is from Colbert, Wash., and graduated from Gonzaga Prep where he was the GSL leading scorer as a junior. He is a three-year letterwinner and two-year first team All-GSL member. He helped his team win two GSL Championships, districts his senior year and that season placed third at state. His senior year he wa... [read more]
LACEY, Wash. - Saint Martin's University head men's basketball coach Alex Pribble announced the additions of Logan Adams and Rico Nuno to the 2016-17 team.
Adams is from Colbert, Wash., and graduated from Gonzaga Prep where he was the GSL leading scorer as a junior. He is a three-year letterwinner and two-year first team All-GSL member. He helped his team win two GSL Championships, districts his senior year and that season placed third at state. His senior year he was also named to the first team All 4A Washington State Tournament.
Pribble said, "Logan is a great fit for our system. He's a big guard who can really score the ball, but more importantly has a great work ethic and he's a true team-first player. He played for a great coach and program at Gonzaga Prep, and he was able to change his role to help his team succeed. We expect Logan to have a fantastic career as a Saint."
Nuno is a transfer from Eastern Washington University and Diablo Valley. During the 2015-16 season, he played in 17 games and shot 67 percent from the field. Due to an injury he missed the rest of the season. At Diablo Valley, Nuno was a first team All-Big 8 Conference selection averaging 10 points and seven rebounds in the 2014-15 season. He had 22 points and 13 rebounds against Sierra College and 19 points and 12 boards versus San Joaquin Delta College.
He graduated from Half Moon Bay in 2014 where he was the MVP of the Peninsula Athletic League and was an All-Metro selection in San Francisco. He averaged 13.2 points and eight rebounds as a senior, helping his team enjoy its best season in school history with a 26-7 record overall and perfect 12-0 league mark.
"Rico is a young man with tremendous potential," said Pribble. "He has all the tools to be very successful as a student and as an athlete, and we look forward to helping him reach that potential. He has been well coached at Diablo Valley College and Eastern Washington University, and we look forward to helping him continue his development."
In 2015-16 Hardin averaged 20.9 points a game and helped the Walsh men's basketball team reach the GLIAC tournament championship game for the first time. He set a single-season school record and finished seventh in the nation in 3-pointers made with 109. He also was second in the nation with an average of 3.76 3s a game. Hardin was the Gliac South player of the week: Week 4, Week 8, and Week 13. After his senior campaign Hardin competed in the 2016 The Basketball Tournament with the Can... [read more]
In 2015-16 Hardin averaged 20.9 points a game and helped the Walsh men's basketball team reach the GLIAC tournament championship game for the first time. He set a single-season school record and finished seventh in the nation in 3-pointers made with 109. He also was second in the nation with an average of 3.76 3s a game. Hardin was the Gliac South player of the week: Week 4, Week 8, and Week 13.
After his senior campaign Hardin competed in the 2016 The Basketball Tournament with the Canton Bulldogs. In round 1 the Bulldogs the #15 seed stunned the #2 seed Fort Wayne Mad Ants Alumni 92 to 72. Hardin made 8 three pointers and poured in a game high 29 points.
In 2014-15: Hardin was named first-team All-GLIAC for the second straight year... one of two players to start all 28 games... averaged a team-high 36.8 minutes... led the Cavs in scoring (16.5), field goals (156), three-pointers (75), free throws (76), rebounding (6.6) and steals (38)... finished fourth in the GLIAC in scoring and eighth in rebounding... scored in double figures in 21 games, and scored 20 points or more in a game nine times... exploded for a career-high 38 points in the second game of the season against St. Joseph's... connected on career-best 13 field goals and nailed six three-pointers... nailed career-high eight three pointers and finished with 27 points in loss at Lake Superior... hit 10-16 from the floor and 6-11 from beyond the arc in tallying 29 points in win over Findlay... scored 20 points or more in five of the last eight games... averaged 25.0 points in the last three games and 23.0 points in Walsh's two GLIAC playoff games...
In 2013-14: Earned first-team All-GLIAC honors after a superb sophomore season set personal single game marks for points (30), field goals (10), three-pointers (6), and rebounds (11) paced the team in scoring (15.3) and led the team 10 times reached double figures in 22 games and scored 20 points for more eight times scored career-high 30 points, going 10-17 floor the floor in road win vs. Michigan Tech named GLIAC South Division Player of the Week after Tech game.
Hardin is a lights out shooter, who is in great shape, plays great defense, and is not afraid of the spotlight. Hardin has great footwork, has a tremendous work ethic, and most importantly has a great attitude and is very coachable. Whoever lands Hardin for his first pro season will get one heck of a player.
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