Men's Basketball 2011-12 Notes - Feb. 27

Armstrong Atlantic State (10-16, 6-12) --  The Armstrong Atlantic State University men's basketball team dropped a pair of games in its final week of action during the 2011-12 season, falling at Francis Marion, 114-106, and to Augusta State, 91-78 ... The Pirates said goodbye to five seniors who played their final games for Armstrong ... Senior Mychal Horn put up back-to-back 30-point performances, setting new career highs, in the games on the week ... Senior Chris Vanlandingham finished his four-year career with 1,176 points, winding up in 11th place on Armstrong's all-time scoring chart ... Senior Grant Domsic hit three three-pointers against Augusta State to bring his career total to 118, seventh-most in Armstrong history ... Senior Keyshore Williams blocked a pair of shots against the Jaguars to bring his career total to 91, seventh-most in Armstrong history ... Senior DeVon Jones also wrapped up his career after averaging a career-best 10.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Augusta State (16-10, 12-6) --  ASU split on the week, falling 74-72 at Lander before rebounding with a 91-78 win at Armstrong Atlantic to claim the No. 2 seed from the East division for the Peach Belt Conference tournament...Two freshman, Devonte Thomas and Devon Wright-Nelson, made huge performances...Thomas knocked down 9-of-19 from three (.474) in the two games, including 5-of-10 at Lander...He averaged 23.5 points per game, with 27 coming at the Bearcats and another 20 against the Pirates...For the week, Thomas made 16-of-30 buckets (.533) and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe...Wright-Nelson had a career game against Armstrong, putting in 32 points on a 11-for-23 night, making 9-of-10 free throws and snagging nine rebounds to just miss on a double-double...The forward also went 8-of-13 against Lander for 16 points, with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals...Sophomore Harold Doby averaged 14.5 points and seven rebounds a game for the week, adding four steals and two blocks...ASU dropped a season-high 57 points in the first half against the Pirates, shooting 60 percent from the floor as a team...The Jaguars rank 17th nationally in turnovers per game, leading the PBC with 11.8...Senior O'Neal Armstrong is fourth in the nation and first in the PBC with a 3.12 assist-to-turnover ratio...Wright-Nelson is 7th in the conference with 7.6 rebounds a game and 4th in free throw percentage (.831)...Doby is 7th in offensive rebounds (66 total) and 13th in steals (37)...Junior Travis Keels checks in third with 1.7 blocks a contest...Augusta State takes on Georgia College in the first round of the PBC Tournament Friday, March 2nd at 3:00 p.m.


Clayton State (16-10, 8-9) --  The Clayton State Lakers closed out the regular season 16-10 overall and 8-9 in the Peach Belt Conference by splitting two games last week. The Lakers dropped a tough 77-74 decision in overtime against Montevallo on Wednesday, but rebounded with a 69-64 victory over Georgia College on Saturday… Anthony Salter scored 25 points, followed by Andrew Bachanov with 13 points and Juron Dobbs with 10 points in the Lakers’ loss to Montevallo… Salter scored 25 points in the victory over Georgia College, while Teondre Williams scored 17 points and Tony Dukes and Tim Budd each added nine points… Williams is ranked third in the Peach Belt in scoring (18.3 ppg), while Salter is ranked eighth (17 ppg). In addition, junior guard Reco Lewis is ranked sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio, while Bachanov is tied for 10th in blocked shots… As a team, Clayton State is ranked second in the Peach Belt in both blocked shots and field goal percentage defense, third in both turnover margin and 3-point percentage defense and fifth in steals… Over his last four games, Salter is shooting 86 percent (19-for-22) from the free throw line… Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons is now 206-119 in his 11th season at the Laker helm, and 452-184 in his 21st season as a Division II head coach… Clayton State is 113-84 in Peach Belt Conference games under Gibbons… Clayton State has made a 3-point field goal now in 330 straight games… Clayton State will play USC Aiken on Friday at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament at Lumpkin Center at Columbus State.

 Columbus State (16-10, 11-6) --  The Columbus State University men’s basketball team finished the season in style winning the final two games of the season to earn the second seed from the Peach Belt Conference West Division in the upcoming tournament…On Wednesday (2/22), CSU won a thrilling 69-67 overtime game against North Georgia…It was the 11th straight overtime victory for the Cougars…The game was back-and-forth all night until North Georgia pulled away to take a 67-60 lead with just 3:40 left in regulation…However, the Cougars showed their toughness as they scored the final seven points in regulation to send the game to OT…The two teams were a combined 0-for-10 in the overtime period before Paul Darkwa hit the game-winning shot with three seconds left on the clock…Steve Peterson led the team in scoring netting in 13 points while Darius Mcknight and Winford Ivey each chipped in with 12…Darwka brought down a game high 13 rebounds…On Saturday (2/25), Columbus State jumped out to a 22-10 lead over Georgia Southwestern with 9:36 left in the opening half to cruise to a 84-64 victory inside the Lumpkin Center…The Hurricanes again made things interesting cutting the lead down to 57-48, but GSW would not get any closer…As a team, CSU shot 50 percent (32-for-64) from the field…Steve Peterson recorded his second double-double of the season scoring 16 points while grabbing 10 rebounds…Jarmarquis Steverson also scored 16 points for CSU while senior captain Johnathan Murphy scored 13…Winford Ivey scored a season high 18 for the Cougars…Columbus State will play Lander Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament…The Cougars and Bearcats have met eight times in the tournament with LU holding a 5-3 advantage…CSU played Lander in their last PBC Tournament game in 2009 with Lander winning the tilt 74-60. 

Flagler (9-17, 2-16) -- Flagler saw the 2011-12 season come to a close on Saturday with a 71-53 loss to Augusta State.  The Saints suffered two setbacks on the week, earlier falling at UNC Pembroke 76-71.  Ante Gospic came alive for 20 points at UNCP, hitting 8 of 12 from the field with four boards.  Addison Smith added 15 and a team-high five rebounds.  Ryan Barnes came off the bench against ASU to lead Flagler with 16 points, Matt Clark had six rebounds.  Clark finished the year as Flagler's leading scorer with 15.2 ppg, 12th in the Peach Belt, while Chad July finishes as the team's leading rebounder with 8.5 per game, fourth in the league.

 Francis Marion (16-12, 9-9) -- FMU split its final two contests....12 of its 18 PBC games were been decided by a combined total of 47 points, with four going to overtime....FMU scored 100 points in 2 consecutive games for the first time as a PBC member and only the second time in team history (and nearly made it 3-in-a-row with the 105-98 loss at USCA)....FMU has four straight winning seasons for the first time since 1989-1993 (5 is the record)....Five Patriots averaged in double-digits last week...Senior forward Liki Turner averaged 21 ppg and 6 rpg last week. He broke his own school season records for free throws made (158) and attempted (205), finished the year with 10 double-doubles, and is ranked 37th nationally in rebounding. His career totals are 1,749 points and 928 rebounds....Senior center Andrew Smith, a member of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District III Team and the PBC MBB All-Academic Team , ended his career with 640 points, 368 rebounds, and 76 blocks...Sophomore guard Evrik Gary is ranked 18th in NCAA II for free throw percentage (88.2%). Gary was 6-of-9 on three-pointers last week....FMU set a school record with its 74.6% FT%, breaking a mark that had stood for 40 seasons....9 of the 13 Patriots scored in double figures at least once this season....The Patriots have outrebounded 180 of their last 277 opponents (21 of 28 this year)....Only 81 of FMU’s last 276 opponents have shot above 46 percent from the floor (eight times this year).

 Georgia College (17-9, 10-7) -- The Bobcats split two games this week, taking a 60-58 overtime win at Georgia Southwestern Wednesday before a road loss at Clayton State Saturday 69-64 ... Wednesday, Ryan Aquino had 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Mike Augustine had 12 points and Jared Holmes 11 … At Clayton State, Aquino had his 16th double-double with a massive 25 points and 17 boards; Augustine added 12 more points … Aquino is third in Georgia College's all-time rebounding list with 743; Aquino is now second in the NCAA era of basketball at GC and third overall ... Aquino also has 978 career points, needing just 22 to become the 14th 1,000-point scorer in school history … Aquino now has 16 double-doubles and eight 20-plus scoring games this season … The Bobcats have completed the regular season and now get set for the PBC Tournament; GC took the West Division No. 3-seed, and will face East No. 2-seed Augusta State Friday at 3 p.m. at Columbus State University … All-time, the Bobcats are 17-17 in the PBC Tournament, having won the tournament title in 1997 and 1999 … Catch the action from GC Athletics Hall of Famer Scott MacLeod at

 Georgia Southwestern (12-14, 3-14) -- The Hurricanes dropped their final two games of the season, losing at home to Georgia College, 60-58, in overtime on Wednesday before suffering an 84-64 defeat at Columbus State on Saturday...GSW outscored GCSU 17-5 down the stretch to force OT. Milos Kleut led the ‘Canes with 17 points…Kleut was unavailable for the CSU game due to a foot injury sustained on Wed. So, missing four starters and five of the 13 players on its opening-day roster, GSW was no match for the Cougars. Jamon Hawkins ended the season with a career-high 22 points at CSU and Evan Mobley posted a game-high 23 points…GSW drops two slots to finish fifth in the PBC with a 45.4 team shooting percentage and remains in third with 8.1 steals per game…Milos Kleut finishes second in the conference in field goal percentage (66.2)...The Hurricane family thanks its four seniors for their years of service and commitment: Will Kenimer, Marlon Rivera, Phillip Brown and Evan Mobley.

 Lander (18-8, 11-7) --  Lander posted two wins in the final week of the regular season when the Bearcats downed Augusta State, 74-72, then beat UNC Pembroke, 79-75. The win over Augusta State, which snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Jaguars, clinched Lander's spot in this week's Peach Belt Conference Tournament. Lander last advanced to the PBC Tournament in 2008-09. Junior David Pruett led four Lander players in double figures with 21 points against ASU. Senior Dwight Tolbert led the Lander attack against UNC Pembroke with 30 points, while Pruett added 24. In the latest NCAA statistics, senior Corey Wright is fourth in assists per game (8.1); and senior Dwight Tolbert is sixth in three-pointers made per game (3.3) and seventh in points per game (21.8).

 Montevallo (21-7, 12-5) -- The Falcons closed out the 2011-12 regular season with a pair of wins over Clayton State and North Georgia. The Falcons opened the week with a 77-74 overtime victory at Clayton State. Senior D.J. Rivera scored 35 points in the win while hitting 14-of-14 from the free throw line which broke two UM records. He broke the record for free throws in a game and free throw percentage in a game. The Falcons then returned home and dominated North Georgia 81-67. Rivera had 20 points and nine rebounds in the victory to bring his week average to 27.5 points per game. He now averages 22.3 points for game for the year. Junior Drico Hightower was second on the team in scoring this week as he averaged 11.5 points per game. Senior Antoine Davis chipped in 11.0 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and 7.0 assists per game. Davis is now second on the team in scoring with 13.2 points per game and leads the tem in assists with 68 despite missing 11 games this season due to injury. Rivera is just 21 points away from reaching the 600 point mark for the season. The Falcons will now head to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament to take on UNC Pembroke who they beat during the regular season 74-69 on the road. 

North Georgia (10-18, 5-12) --  Notes not submitted.

 UNC Pembroke (17-11, 11-7) -- Due to a tiebreaker deep in the process, UNCP will represent the PBC East Division as its No. 4 seed in this week’s conference tournament inside the Lumpkin Center in Columbus, Ga. … The Braves concluded the regular season with a 17-11 clip – its fifth winning record since joining the PBC prior to the 1992-93 campaign, and the first time the Braves have posted consecutive winning seasons since the last two seasons of the NAIA era in 1990-91 and 1991-92 … The Black & Gold concluded its home schedule with a 12-4 mark in the English E. Jones Center – the most wins for a UNCP team in Pembroke in that same time frame … Ben Miller captured the 50th victory of his head coaching career with a win over Flagler on February 19 and will tote a 50-62 career coaching record into the PBC Tournament … The Braves will face Georgia College, the top seed out of the PBC West, in the first round of the event … UNCP dropped a 64-60 home decision to the Bobcats on January 22 … The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 27-6.

 USC Aiken (20-6, 14-4) --  The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team claimed the Peach Belt Conference Men’s Basketball regular-season championship outright in the 2011-12 regular season … The Peach Belt Conference championship is the second in the last five years for the Pacers, who also collected the league regular-season championship in the 2007-08 season … USC Aiken's men's basketball program has now claimed three PBC regular-season championships in the history of the program (1992-93, 2007-08 and 2011-12) … The Pacer men concluded their regular season with a 20-6 overall record … The Pacers, who were tabbed to finish sixth in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason Men's Basketball Poll, were 14-4 in Peach Belt Conference play in the 2011-12 regular season … USC Aiken's 20th win of the year against Flagler on Feb. 25 means that USC Aiken has now obtained a 20-win campaign in four of the last five years … The Peach Belt Conference regular-season champion Pacers will enter the upcoming Peach Belt Conference Basketball Tournament in Columbus, Ga. as the No. 1 seed in the PBC East … The Pacers will play PBC West No. 4 Clayton State at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2 … USC Aiken commences the PBC Tournament having won four of its last five games.

The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team returns six players from last season’s squad that went 14-13 and 7-10 in PBC play. UM welcomes a new coaching staff including first year head coach Mechan Vanderpool and assistant coach Brittany Godsey. Coach Vanderpool brought in five new recruits to bolster the UM line-up which returns just one starter from last season. UM’s top returning player is senior Carrie Parrott who averaged 9.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds. The Falcons open up the season with an exhibition game against Division I foe Mississippi State University. UM’s first four regular season games will be on the road before they open up at home Nov. 23 against Concordia College-Selma.