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.
Only one team would come away a winner on Thursday afternoon, but one thing is for certain when it comes to both the Campbell Camels and the Stetson Hatters.
The future is very, very bright in both Buies Creek, NC and Deland, FL. Both programs are trending upwards, and they both have the talent to contend in their respective conferences as early as this season.
Thursday marked the end of non-conference play for Campbell, who welcomed the Hatters to Buies Creek for an afternoon matinee before the Christmas break for both programs.
After Stetson took an early lead to open the contest, it was all about Campbell. That was, until the closing minutes, as the Hatters erased their 14-point halftime deficit.
On their floor, the Camels wouldn’t be denied. Timely free throw shooting from Chris Clemons, coupled with three straight misses from the Hatters, allowed for the home side to withstand the push and seal the deal.
Through the first three games of the 2016-17, it’s evident that the injuries to both Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter are having a big impact on the Michigan State Spartans.
Carter, a graduate transfer from the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, and Schilling are both recovering from injuries sustained in the offseason, and the lack of size in the middle has been an issue.
While both are recovering, Kenny Goins has been logging increased minutes, and appearing in the starting lineup.
On Sunday afternoon, against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, Goins was back in the starting lineup. The Eagles were without a star forward of their own, as Marc-Eddy Norelia was not in the lineup due to injury.
Michigan State entered the game as 14-point favourites, but the game came down to the final possession. The final play will be in the headlines for a while, as the shot clock operator looked to have started the clock on an inbounds play for the Eagles before anyone touched the ball.
Antravious Simmons rushed his shot at the buzzer, and it fell by the wayside, and Michigan State fans everywhere let out a collective sigh of relief.
It’s amazing what the addition of a big man can do for a program. In 2016-17, the East Carolina Pirates are discovering just that.
Andre Washington, who stands at 7’1”, and is the tallest player in Pirates’ history, transferred to East Carolina from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons following the 2015-16 season, is starting to find his groove with his new team.
Last time out, Washington recorded 12 points and 8 rebounds in East Carolina’s loss to the Charlotte 49ers. On Sunday, he showed everyone what he is capable of.
DELAND, FL – You get a point, and you get a point, and you get a point!
On Friday night, it was almost like Oprah was in attendance inside the Edmunds Center in Deland, Florida, only she was giving out points as opposed to cars or other gifts.
Both the Stetson Hatters and The Citadel Bulldogs piled up the points over the course of the evening. A combined 228 points were scored between the two teams, and a total of 10 players scored in double-figures.
Freshman Kaelon Harris scored a game-high 26 points for the Bulldogs, and he hit four free throws in the closing seconds to seal the deal for The Citadel.
What a way to kick off the 2016-17 regular season!
On Saturday, fans everywhere were still in a bit of shock in terms of what they saw on Friday. Some teams were still celebrating program-defining wins, including the Wagner Seahawks, Albany Great Danes, and Nicholls State Colonels.
Some power conference teams were left looking for answers as to what went wrong on opening day, trying to correct any mistakes before their next game.
Saturday was a much quieter day in terms of games as opposed to Friday, but there were still some memorable moments out there, which included some big-time individual performances across the country.
All three of the Three Stars for November 12th put together some impressive shooting performances, as all three finished their respective games with a shooting percentage of 48% or better.