Aided by a South Atlantic Conference tournament Most Valuable Player performance by Daniel Camps (6'5''-F-94), the Queens Royals captured their first SAC Championship Title, knocking off the top-seeded Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters by a final of 75-72 from Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C. In addition to Perry and Choice, Cornelius Taylor (6'0''-PG) and Deshawn Patterson (5'9''-PG) each turned in double-digit point totals as the duo finished with 13 points apiece. Queens would kick off Saturday's scoring as Agusi found net on an opening possession layup to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. Lincoln Memorial's Choice would put the Railsplitters on the board of the following possession as the guard netted a three-point attempt. A Perry dunk at 16:50 would push the Railsplitters lead to five points, but and Agusi jumper ended Lincoln Memorials early run and two Jalin Alexander (6'3''-G) free-throws put the Royals within one point at 11-10. The Royals took their first lead of the afternoon at the 12:07 mark when Mike Davis (6'4''-G) drove the lay and laid a shot off the backboard and into Queen's net. Following Davis's go ahead basket, the Royals would open and eight point advantage over the top-seeded Railsplitters three Camps baskets. However, Lincoln Memorial snapped the Royals 11-4 run with a 6-1 run of their own, cutting the lead to two points with 5:40 remaining in the opening half of basketball. Alexander would put the Royals back up by four with a layup, but two free-throws from Choice closed the lead back to two points with 4:42 remaining. The Royals would lead by four points on one more occasion in the first half, before Lincoln Memorial tied the game at 34-34 with 1:21 remaining in the first half, however Queens would take a slight 37-36 lead into halftime. Coming out of halftime, Lincoln Memorial would regain the lead on a three-point basket by Choice, but back-to-back buckets by Camps put the Royals back in the lead at 42-41. The Railsplitters would take the lead again with 14:26 remaining as Taylor connected off the glass to give Lincoln Memorial at one-point 48-47 lead. Following Taylor's go ahead basket, the Royals would regain the lead and manage to fight off the pressure for Lincoln Memorial for over seven minutes, before giving up the lead on back-to-back Patterson three-pointers, the second being arguably the play of the game as the freshman attempted to toss an ally-op to Emanuel Terry (6'9''-F-95), but his pass managed to find nothing but net, giving the Railsplitters a three-point lead at 64-61 with 7:44 remaining in regulation. Both squads would trade leads over the final seven minutes of regulation, before the Royals Agusi put Queens back in front at 74-72 with 2:10 remaining. Agusi would added a free-throw just under a minute later to give Queens a narrow three-point lead, before Royals head coach Bart Lundy made the decision to foul Lincoln Memorial's Terry with 2.5 seconds remaining, forcing the junior post to the line for a one-and-one attempt, proving to be the eventual difference maker in the contest as Terry missed the free, giving Queens the 75-72 championship victory.
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SAC Tournament Final: Queens - Lincoln Memorial 75-72 SAC Tournament Semifinals: Queens - Wingate 79-51 Lincoln Memorial - Carson-Newman 105-62
Joe Mazzulla Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Fairmont State - 1 day ago
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In my Daily Dirt earlier today, I mentioned that Joe Mazzulla was the leader for DII Fairmont State. It's now been made official. Fairmont State University Director of Athletics Tim McNeely announced today that Joe Mazzulla has been named the program's 12th head men's basketball coach. Mazzulla will be introduced to the Fairmont community at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 during a press conference inside Joe Retton Arena. Following some opening comments from Coach Mazzulla, media members... [read more]
In my Daily Dirt earlier today, I mentioned that Joe Mazzulla was the leader for DII Fairmont State. It's now been made official. Fairmont State University Director of Athletics Tim McNeely announced today that Joe Mazzulla has been named the program's 12th head men's basketball coach. Mazzulla will be introduced to the Fairmont community at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 during a press conference inside Joe Retton Arena. Following some opening comments from Coach Mazzulla, media members will have the opportunity to do one-on-one interviews. Members of the community are invited to attend. A former West Virginia University standout, Mazzulla spent five years coaching at the NCAA Division II level, including three at Fairmont State, before serving as an assistant coach in the NBA Development league last year. 'It is a privilege to welcome Joe back to Fairmont, and we couldn't be happier to have him as our next head men's basketball coach,' said McNeely. 'Joe is well known around the state of West Virginia from leading the Mountaineers to the Final Four, and he has had success at every stop of his young coaching career. 'Coming off a national runner-up season, we wanted to keep the continuity and team chemistry as strong as possible, and we believe Joe is the correct person to keep FSU basketball rolling in the right direction.' 'I am pleased to welcome Joe back to Fairmont State, and I have complete confidence that we have found a leader that can keep FSU basketball competing at the highest level,' said FSU President Maria Rose. Mazzulla most recently served as an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws (an affiliate of the Boston Celtics) of the NBA Developmental League for the last year. Maine currently leads the Atlantic Division of the NBADL standings with a 28-19 overall record. Prior to his position with the Red Claws, Mazzulla was an assistant coach for three seasons on Jerrod Calhoun's staff at Fairmont State. During that time, the Falcons compiled a record of 67-26 with three 20-win seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. 'I would like to thank President Rose, Athletic Director Tim McNeely, Coach Jerrod Calhoun, the entire community of Fairmont and the current players at Fairmont State University for giving me the opportunity to take over the FSU basketball program,' said Mazzulla. 'It is very humbling to get this opportunity and I'm excited to come home and lead a program that is loved and supported by a group of passionate community members. Fairmont is a special place. 'I am excited to get back to work with the returning players and find ways that we can all get one percent better each day.' During his three year's on the coaching staff at Fairmont State, Mazzulla was instrumental in developing point guards Caleb Davis and Shammgod Wells into regular contributors and starters for the Falcon. Wells ended his career in 2017 as the school's all-time leader in both assists and steals. Davis started his first two seasons in Fairmont prior to becoming a key reserve for FSU as a junior in 2015-16. Davis started the first five games of the 2016-17 season before suffering a season-ending injury. Mazzulla was also key in the early development of point guard Jason Jolly, who served as the sixth-man for the Falcons in 2015-16 as a freshman. During that season, Jolly was fourth on the team in scoring (9.4) and made 52 three-pointers. Mazzulla started his coaching career by spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Glenville State. In his time with the Pioneers Mazzulla helped develop two All-WVIAC honorees and a pair of all-freshman team honorees. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Mazzulla played four seasons at West Virginia University for head coaches John Beilein and Bob Huggins. His teams made four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the Final Four in 2010. Mazzulla also won a Big East Tournament Championship and NIT Tournament Championship at WVU and the standout also excelled in the classroom, getting named to Big East Academic All-Star Team three times (2007, 2009 and 2010). The point guard was the sixth-man for the Mountaineers during the 2010 Final Four run. Mazzulla had a season-high 17 points in the regional final against Kentucky to help lead WVU to the Final Four. As a senior, Mazzulla started 16 games and averaged 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. The standout point guard also had 139 assists during his final season with the Mountaineers. Mazzulla and his wife Camai currently reside in Fairmont and have two children, Michael Harden and Emmanuel Joseph Daniel Mazzulla. Mazzulla is a native of Johnston, R.I. Courtesy of: hoopdirt.com
Player of the Year: Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) of Northwest Missouri State NABC NCAA D2 All-America Team Matt Bingaya (6'4''-G-94) of Fairmont State Joshua Blaylock (6'2''-G) of Fort Lewis Luquon Choice (6'3''-G-93) of Lincoln Memorial Devin Gilligan (6'5''-F) of Southern New Hampshire Zach Hankins (6'10''-C) of Ferris State Jeremiah Hill (6'2''-G-95) of Valdosta State Aaron Lien (6'4''-G-95) of MSU Moorhead Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State Justin Reyes (6'4''-G/F) of St. Thomas Aqu... [read more]
Player of the Year:Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) of Northwest Missouri State
Northwest Missouri wins Division II title - 4 days ago
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Northwest Missouri State has pulled off the double. The Bearcats defeated Fairmont State 71-61 victory for the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Northwest became the first Division II program to win football and men's basketball titles in the same school year. The Bearcats finished the season 35-1. Northwest Missouri State scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. The Bearcats extended an 11-point halftime lead to 14 on a Justin... [read more]
Northwest Missouri State has pulled off the double. The Bearcats defeated Fairmont State 71-61 victory for the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Northwest became the first Division II program to win football and men's basketball titles in the same school year. The Bearcats finished the season 35-1. Northwest Missouri State scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. The Bearcats extended an 11-point halftime lead to 14 on a Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) three-pointer. Fairmont's Matt Bingaya (6'4''-G-94) went on a personal 6-0 run before Pitts responded with another triple. Fairmont entered the game averaging 95 points, but it couldn't muster much offense and its press defense was largely useless against the Bearcats. Pitts, the NABC Division II player of the year, finished with 23 points and was voted most outstanding player of the Elite Eight. The junior from Blue Springs played all 40 minutes and committed just one turnover. Chris-Ebou Ndow (6'6''-F-93) was the work horse on the boards with 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points. Anthony Woods (6'2''-G, college: NW Missouri St.) added 13. Northwest Missouri State had been the regional runner-up each of the past three years. But the Bearcats finished the job for the program's first men's basketball national championship. Courtesy of: kansascity.com
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