Coming into Thursday night’s tilt against the VMI Keydets, Jackson had been on quite the roll. Over his last two games, a stretch in which the Wofford Terriers went 1-1, he averaged 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, both of which were higher than his seasonal averages (10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
Against the Keydets, the sophomore out of Winchester, VA put forth the best performance of his young collegiate career.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — After a four-game winning streak, a stretch that included back-to-back wins to open up Southern Conference play, the Samford Bulldogs have taken a slight detour over their last three games.
The Bulldogs entered Saturday’s contest having lost two of their last three games, and were coming off a 68-65 defeat at home to the Mercer Bears on Wednesday night. They were looking to kick off their two-game road swing with an impressive performance against The Citadel Bulldogs in Charleston, South Carolina.
Like Samford, the host Bulldogs came into Saturday’s tilt having lost two of their previous three games. One thing about The Citadel is that their offense can go off at any given time. They have found themselves in several offensive shootouts in 2016-17, and have topped the 100-point mark on eight occasions (6-2).
Samford needed a strong start out of the gate to take the momentum away from The Citadel. The visitors took a 15-point lead into the break, and looked to be in good shape as the second half ticked down.
The first Monday of 2017 was an exciting one to say the least. It also left us scratching our heads, asking more questions about preseason conference favourites.
Monday’s slate was made up entirely of mid-major programs, with the majority of games being conference match-ups as the battle for conference supremacy is officially under way.
While no power conference teams were in action, there will still several marquee programs in action. The Monmouth Hawks, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, and the Little Rock Trojans, who all had stellar seasons a year ago, were all in action on Monday.
All three teams suffered defeats.
Following the slate of games on Monday, we were left with more questions than answers when looking at certain programs, and conferences, as the 2016-17 moves along.
Over the first five weeks of the season, we’ve seen two different sides of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
They opened the season with four straight victories, a stretch that included wins over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Dayton Flyers. Both of those wins could have been considered resume boosters come NCAA Tournament time.
Since then, the Huskers have struggled.
Coming into Tuesday’s tilt against the Southern Univ. Jaguars, the Huskers had lost six of their previous seven contests. In their last outing, they suffered an 70-62 loss to the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at home.
On Tuesday, Nebraska found themselves in another tight battle. They were looking to get back on the right track, but had to work for it against the Jaguars.
It was only fitting that Coastal Carolina‘s Artur Labinowicz drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Wofford Terriers on Monday evening.
The game was a two-hour long shooting festival, a patchwork quilt consisting of run after run, much physicality and an ever-slim margin of error. Labinowicz’s shot would have fit into the madness nearly perfectly if it had forced overtime or won the game.
Unfortunately for the Chanticleers, it did fit into the madness perfectly — because before the heave, Wofford led by four.
Some things in this world seem to remain constant.
Death. Taxes. Double-double performances from Wyatt Walker.
It seems as though every time the sophomore forward steps onto the hardwood for the Samford Bulldogs, he’s recording a double-double. He opened the season with seven straight double-doubles, before going two straight games without one.
On Friday, against the South Alabama Jaguars, the native of Jacksonville, FL was back to his old ways. He recorded his eighth double-double of the year, scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Samford led by as many as 15 points on the night, but the game came down to the wire. A trio of clutch three pointers from the Jaguars closed the deficit to three with 2.8 seconds to go. A free throw violation from Samford gave the Jaguars a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime.