Welcome to the Lone Star Conference, UT Permian Basin. Not only did the Falcons claim the LSC regular-season title, garner most of the individual honors such as Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, but they ran away with their first-ever LSC Tournament Championship, cutting down the nets after a 93-85 win over Angelo State Sunday in the finals at Allen Event Center. The Falcons (26-5) had six players in double-figure scoring, led by Johnnie Lacy (6'0''-G)'s 24 points. Lacy drilled five 3-pointers, including three straight on three possessions in the first half to help UTPB gain control of the fast-paced game. The eight-point win was UTPB's closest game of its three wins in the tournament, but the Falcons stayed in control for most of the way. Although ASU did slice the lead to five at one point in the final four minutes, the Falcons answered the bell every time with either a clutch 3-pointer or free throws. Daeshon Francis (6'4''-G), the league's Player of the Year, also garnered tournament MVP honors after scoring 16 points with six rebounds and five assists. Francis made 12 of 15 free throws. James McPherson (6'1''-G) scored 17, Andres Villa (6'5''-F) added 12 off the bench and Sammy Allen III (6'2''-G) and Josh Morris (6'7''-F) each scored 10. UTPB not only dominated the free-throw stripe, making 34 of 42 attempts, but shot 52.9 percent from the 3-point line (9 of 17). ASU shot 31 times beyond the arc, making just nine. Joining Francis on the all-tournament team were McPherson, Lacy and Allen, who had 33 rebounds in the three games. ASU's Quay King, who scored 24 points, rounded out the all-tourney team. Devonte Pratt (6'1''-G) scored 19 for ASU, who also got 10 off the bench from Shaquan Rhoades (6'2''-G). The season ends for the Rams, who made a valiant run to the finals here in Allen for the third straight year. As the No. 7 seed, ASU (17-13) knocked off Tarleton State on Thursday, then Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday and attempted to become the lowest-seeded team to win this tourney since it went to a neutral site in 2008. The Falcons, who entered the weekend ranked No. 2 in the region, will cruise into next week's regional tournament.
UT Permian Basin Notes UT Permian Basin claimed the LSC Tournament Title their first year in the league UTPB is now 16-1 over its last 17 games and has won seven straight Johnnie Lacy (6'0''-G) scored a game-high 24 points and matched his season-high with five three-pointers Josh Morris (6'7''-F) recorded his second double-double on the season with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds Six Falcons scored in double figures Lacy, Sammy Allen III (6'2''-G) III, James McPherson (6'1''-G) and Daeshon Francis (6'4''-G) were named to the All-Tournament Team with Francis earning MVP honors
Angelo State Notes Angelo State is now 22-27 in the LSC Tournament all-time The Rams are now 3-6 in the tournament final after reaching the championship game for the third consecutive year. Quay King earned a spot on the all-tournament team leading the Rams with 24 points.
LSC Tournament Final: UT Permian Basin - Angelo State 93-85 LSC Tournament Semifinals: UT Permian Basin - Texas A&M-Commerce 76-63 Angelo State - Texas A&M-Kingsville 74-60
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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