Category Archives: Atlantic Sun

RECAP: Furman routs South Carolina Upstate by 22 in CIT opener

Kris Acox recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Furman to the 79-57 rout of USC Upstate in their CIT opener. (Source: Furman Athletics)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Coming into Thursday, home teams were a combined 6-1 in the 2017 CIT.

After the first two games of the night, they were now 6-3.

In the first game of the evening, the Furman Paladins paid a visit to Spartanburg, South Carolina for a date with the USC Upstate Spartans. It was the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between the two programs.

Fresh off a share of the Southern Conference regular season title, the Paladins took control of the contest out of the gate against the Spartans. Furman went on an 8-0 run to open the game, highlighted by a pair of three pointers from Devin Sibley, to take control from the opening tip.

The lead for the Paladins would reach 10 points in the opening half, but the Spartans managed to trim it down to four with just over two minutes in the half.

That was as close as the home side would get on the night, as Furman pulled away early in the second half and cruised to the 79-57 win over USC Upstate. Continue reading RECAP: Furman routs South Carolina Upstate by 22 in CIT opener

4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.

Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.

Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.

That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game

On Wednesday night, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman met for the 30th time in the Volusia County Rivalry. Photo Sources: Bernard Miller - BCU Athletics)
On Wednesday night, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman met for the 30th time in the Volusia County Rivalry. (Photo Sources: Bernard Miller – BCU Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wednesday night marked the 30th installment of the Volusia County Rivalry between the Stetson Hatters and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. In a rare mid-week non-conference battle in the midst of rigorous conference action, both teams came into the night looking for a momentum-building win.

There were several intriguing story lines coming into the match-up.

The Hatters held a commanding 23-6 advantage in the series coming into the night, but lost the last meeting between the two schools. Last season, the Hatters and Wildcats met on a pair of occasions, with each team winning once. Bethune-Cookman knocked off the Hatters in DeLand, 96-94.

A win on Wednesday would be the 10th win for the Hatters, and would eclipse their regular season win total from all of last season.

Following the post-season, Stetson finished at 12-22.

Lastly, sophomore forward Derick Newton came into the night needing just 14 points to pass the 1,000 mark for his young career.

With all of the additional story lines coming into the game, fans were in for a treat. Both teams did not disappoint, and it was yet another close encounter between the two instate rivals.

Despite falling behind by six at the break, Stetson came out in the second half looking to make up ground and take over the game. Behind the play of Newton and Divine Myles, the Hatters outscored the Wildcats by 15 points, and held on down the stretch for the 76-67 win. Continue reading RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game

Stetson, Bethune-Cookman set to renew Volusia County Rivalry on Wednesday night

Jeffrey Altidort and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Hatters on Wednesday night.
Jeffrey Altidort and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Hatters on Wednesday night.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The cities of Daytona Beach and Deland are separated by a mere 24-mile drive down the US-92 E. Both are located in beautiful Volusia County, and are each home to a Division I university.

On Wednesday night, the two school add another chapter to their rivalry, as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats welcome the Stetson Hatters to Daytona Beach for a rare non-conference date to kick off February.

While the rivalry doesn’t garner much attention on a national scale, it has provided fans of both programs some excitement, and the occasional stressful moment, in recent years.

Last season, the teams squared off on a pair of occasions. Stetson knocked off the Wildcats in Las Vegas as a part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Thanksgiving Night, 83-70.

Then, in an instant classic inside the Edmunds Center in Deland, the Wildcats evened the season series with a 96-94 win over the Hatters.

Wednesday night’s tilt marks the 30th meeting between the two schools, and the Hatters hold a commanding 23-6 lead in the series. Both teams are looking for a big win to give themselves some positive momentum as they march towards the post-season, but only one will come out on top. Continue reading Stetson, Bethune-Cookman set to renew Volusia County Rivalry on Wednesday night

College Court Report Co-Player of the Week: Dallas Moore, North Florida Ospreys

Dallas Moore has averaged at least 12.5 points and 2.6 assists per game over his four seasons at North Florida, while shooting 42.9% or better from the field each season.
Dallas Moore has averaged at least 12.5 points and 2.6 assists per game over his four seasons at North Florida, while shooting 42.9% or better from the field each season.

CALGARY, Alb. — Dallas Moore has had himself quite the collegiate career so far, and he’s not quite done just yet.

In each of his first three seasons with the North Florida Ospreys, the native of Saint Petersburg, FL has averaged at least 12.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He topped the 1,000-point mark for his career in the second game of last season.

This season, he passed another pair of milestones, and etched his name into the Atlantic Sun record books.

This past week, Moore became the first player in conference history to record 2,000 points and 500 assists for a career. He did so with two big performances in two wins for the Atlantic Sun-leading Ospreys.

Over two close home wins for North Florida, Moore averaged a casual 32.5 points, and 4.5 rebounds per game to lead the Ospreys to a perfect home swing after a three-game road trip.

For his efforts over the past seven days, senior guard Dallas Moore has been named the College Court Report Co-Player of the Week for the week of January 16 – 22, 2017!
Continue reading College Court Report Co-Player of the Week: Dallas Moore, North Florida Ospreys

RECAP: Pegg reaches career milestone in 82-76 win for Stetson over NJIT

Behind a combined 37 points from Myles and Newton, Corey Williams and the Stetson Hatters notched their first conference win of the season on Thursday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics)
Behind a combined 37 points from Myles and Newton, Corey Williams and the Stetson Hatters notched their first conference win of the season on Thursday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics)

DELAND, Fl. — He may not be the tallest forward in the country, or the biggest in general, but Brian Pegg has had himself quite the career with the Stetson Hatters.

The 2016-17 season is Pegg’s fifth year in the NCAA, and he’s been one of the more effective players for the Hatters in recent years. Last season, he averaged a career-best 12.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per contest, while helping lead Stetson to the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game.

His stats won’t blow you away, but he is effective in what he does. He has shot 50.8% or better in each of the last three years ,and has been an impact player for Corey Williams and the Hatters.

On Thursday night, in front of the Hatters’ home crowd, Pegg reached a career milestone after years of hard work. In the first half, he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He finished the game with 10 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in the second half, but Stetson would be just fine without their fifth-year forward.

Behind a combined 37 points from Divine Myles and Derick Newton, the Hatters held off the NJIT Highlanders‘ comeback efforts in the second half to notch their first conference win of the year, 82-76. Continue reading RECAP: Pegg reaches career milestone in 82-76 win for Stetson over NJIT