Bethune-Cookman Basketball: Previewing the South Florida Bulls

In his first season at Bethune-Cookman, forward Shawntrez Davis has six double-doubles through his first 10 games. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

TAMPA, Fla. — Thursday night marks the beginning of a four-game road swing for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, one that will eventually take them to the other side of the country for a pair of games in the state of Washington.

Up first, the Wildcats have a rematch from last season with the South Florida Bulls. Bethune-Cookman squandered a 19-point lead last season, and ultimately fell in overtime to the Bulls, 79-73. Thursday night marks the 16th meeting between the Wildcats and South Florida, with the Bulls holding a 14-1 advantage in the all-time series.

The Wildcats enter the game on the heels of a 67-53 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs in their last outing, and have won four of their last six contests. On the flip side, the Bulls enter Thursday night on a four-game losing streak, and are looking to get back on the right track.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Thursday night’s showdown inside the USF Sun Dome. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Basketball: Previewing the South Florida Bulls

Maitland, Davis Lead Bethune-Cookman Past Cal Poly, 67-53

Isaiah Bailey (11 points) was one of three players for Bethune-Cookman to score in double-figures in their win over Cal Poly on Tuesday. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Romeo Guzman – Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In 2016-17, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats didn’t notch their fifth win until February 6th.

Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the Wildcats picked up their fifth win of the season on Tuesday, December 12th. To top it off, they managed to do it in front of their home crowd.

Behind a game-high 21 points from Malik Maitland and another double-double from Shawntrez Davis, Bethune-Cookman knocked off the Cal Poly Mustangs inside the historic Moore Gymnasium.

It was the first ever trip to the state of Florida for the Mustangs being a four-year program for 73 years. Continue reading Maitland, Davis Lead Bethune-Cookman Past Cal Poly, 67-53

College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Eric Williams Jr., Duquesne Dukes

Freshman Eric Williams Jr. (above) and sophomore Mike Lewis II give the Duquesne one of the top young back courts in the Atlantic 10. (Source: Duquesne Athletics) (Header: The Post-Gazette)

CANMORE, Alta. — Based on how the 2017-18 season has started, the future looks bright for the Duquesne Dukes.

The Dukes have one of the top young duos in the Atlantic 10 Conference, in sophomore guard Mike Lewis II and freshman guard Eric Williams Jr. Both players rank one and two, respectively, in terms of scoring leaders for the Dukes through eight games, while Williams is the team’s leading rebounder.

This past week, Williams continued his strong play to open up his collegiate career with the Dukes. While Duquesne came into the week riding a three game losing streak, their fortunes quickly took a turn for the better.

When the week was all said and done, the Dukes had a three game winning streak, and the play of Williams was a big reason for their successful week.

The native of New Haven, MI came into the week with two double-double performances to his name. Over the last three games, he doubled his season total, posting another pair of double-doubles while helping the Dukes to three wins over the past seven days.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of games that saw him average a double-double, Duquesne freshman Eric Williams Jr. has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for December 4 – 10, 2017!
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College Court Report Player of the Week: Fatodd Lewis, UT Martin Skyhawks

Fatodd Lewis posted a double-double and a triple-double this past week, leading UT Martin to a pair of wins in the process. (Source: UT Martin Athletics) (Header: UT Martin Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — Coming into the week, the UT Martin Skyhawks had just one win to their name in 2017-18, and they were looking to get back on the right track before taking five days off from game action for exams.

Fortunately for the Skyhawks, junior forward Fatodd Lewis had a pair of big performances in his back pocket to lead the attack and get the team heading in the right direction.

In their win over the North Carolina Central Eagles back on November 15th, Lewis recorded his first career double-double, going for 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Skyhawks’ 74-57 win at home.

Fast forward to this week, and the Skyhawks were still sitting on that lone win. After the past week, a pair of games that saw Lewis stuff the stat sheet on back-to-back occasions, UT Martin has now won two straight games, and are undefeated this season when Lewis records at least a double-double.

For his efforts this past week, UT Martin junior forward Fatodd Lewis has been selected as the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 4 – 10, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Fatodd Lewis, UT Martin Skyhawks

Notre Dame Rolls in Mike Brey’s Return to Delaware, 92-68

Kevin Anderson scored a season-high 23 points on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to lead Delaware past ninth-ranked Notre Dame. (Source: Mark Campbell – Delaware Athletics) (Header: Notre Dame Athletics)

NEWARK, Del. — For the first time since 2000, Mike Brey was on the sideline as a coach inside the Bob Carpenter Center.

Only this time, he was coaching against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Brey and the ninth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in town for a non-conference match-up in front of close to 5,000 fans in snowy Newark.

Brey led the Blue Hens to the NCAA Tournament in both 1998 and 1999, and is a member of the UD Athletics Hall of Fame. Fans were excited about his return to the sideline, regardless of what team he was coaching for, as he helped the team become a name on the national scale during his time as the head coach.

Delaware’s current head coach, Martin Ingelsby, was an assistant under Brey for 13 seasons after playing his senior year at Notre Dame for coach Brey in 2000-01. The two agreed to the game due to their long ties to one another, and it didn’t disappoint.

For the majority of the first half, Delaware put another scare into the Fighting Irish, who were coming off a loss to the Ball State Cardinals in their last outing. But, Notre Dame found their groove towards the end of the first frame, and pulled away in the second for the 92-68 win in Brey’s return to Newark. Continue reading Notre Dame Rolls in Mike Brey’s Return to Delaware, 92-68

Michigan State Pulls Away From Southern Utah, 88-63; Number One Ranking Next?

Nick Ward was one of three Spartans to score 17 points, and Michigan State extended their winning streak to eight games with an 88-63 win over Southern Utah. (Source: Mike Carter – USA Today Sports) (Header: USA Today Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ever since their loss at the 2017 Champions Classic to the Duke Blue Devils, the Michigan State Spartans have been on some kind of roll.

Since their loss back on November 14th, the Spartans entered Saturday riding a seven game winning streak. All of their wins have come by double digits, with their closest game coming on December 5th against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Michigan State beat the Scarlet Knights by 10.

Inside the Breslin Center on Saturday, the Spartans welcomed the Southern Utah Thunderbirds to town, and both teams were looking to continue their winning streaks. Southern Utah came into the day riding a three-game winning streak of their own, and while they were taking on the third-ranked team in the country, they left it all on the court and made things interesting in the second half.

After the Spartans took a 12-point lead at the break, the Thunderbirds managed to get within five points on a pair of occasions before the midway point of the second half. However, the Spartans were too much to handle, and the home side pulled away down the stretch for the 88-63 win over Southern Utah. Continue reading Michigan State Pulls Away From Southern Utah, 88-63; Number One Ranking Next?

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