Some terrific games took place Wednesday night, and a few upsets as well.
SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE
FLORIDA SOUTHERN STRIKES BACK
BR-6 Florida Southern’s last game versus conference rival BR-14 Barry ended in an upset. The rematch turned out a lot better. Florida Southern used a 9-1 run in the game’s closing minutes to ice the 88-79 road victory against the Bucs at the Health and Sports Center. Kevin Capers dropped a team-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds, four steals and four assists in a game that saw 15 lead changes and plenty of competitive play. The Mocs had four players score in double digits — along with Capers, Bubby Johnson (12), Stephen Battle (13) and Tyler Logan (10) — and shot 43.2% from the floor and 30.8% from downtown.
On the other end, Yunio Barrueta led the way for the Bucs with 22 points, but enjoyed contribution from Juan Ferrales (13), Savad Garner (11) and Adrian Gonzales (10). Guard Deric Hill dished out eight assists, and collected eight points on the night. The team shot 42.4% from the floor and just 22.2% from beyond the arc, netting just six out of 27 attempts.
The Bucs went on a 6-0 run midway through the second half to cut a 12-point deficit to six. Later, Barry’s Arie Williams drained a triple to pull his team within a point with 2:30 left in the game, 79-78. Half a minute later, Capers responded with his own trey, which kicked off the final 9-1 run that ultimately sealed the deal.
Florida Southern improves to 8-1 in the Sunshine State Conference (20-1 overall) narrowly trailing Barry, which continues to cling to the No. 1 spot with a 9-1 record (17-2 overall).
GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE
SPEHR REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Reported by Bobby Champagne
With 18 points at BR-205 West Florida, senior Nathan Spehr became the newest member of the 1,000 Point Club at BR-113 North Alabama. The 5-10 guard from Adelaide, Australia added 21 points the following game at BR-156 Valdosta State, 20 versus BR-61 West Alabama and a career high 30 points versus BR-64 West Georgia. He now totals 1,076 career points in his four-year career has him number 18 on the all-time scoring list, just ahead of former UNA great “Wimp” Sanderson. Only 25 players in the history of UNA Basketball have reached the milestone, six during Coach Champagne’s tenure at UNA. The most recent was Wes Long (1,002 points), who achieved the feat last year in the final game of his career. Spehr is also currently fourth in the nation shooting 92.8% from the free throw line. The Adelaide Australia native is 77-of-83 from the free throw line this season and 245-of-269 for his career.
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE
PATRIOTS REBOUND VS. LANDER
BR-190 Francis Marion used hot shooting from Mike Davis, Jr. and Detrek Browning to defeat conference rival BR-78 Lander on the road 90-79. The win evens the Patriots’ overall record to 11-11, but gives them only their third win against conference opponents.
SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
SIAC ANNOUNCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Markeith Madison (BR-208 Stillman) and Ryan McNeill-Moses (BR-234 Claflin) share the top honors as co-players of the week. Madison averaged 21.5 points and six rebounds over the week, helping his team go 4-0 over the timeframe. McNeil-Moses averaged a double-double with 16 points and 11.5 rebounds in back-to-back victories for his team. Stillman’s Rodnerius Lewis nabbed the top newcomer spotlight thanks to his 25 points in a win against BR-272 Kentucky State.
SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
EAGLES UPSET RAILSPLITTERS
BR-164 Carson-Newman used a whiplash-inducing offensive attack to upset top-seeded BR-5 Lincoln Memorial 87-72. Charles Clark led the way with 30 points for the Eagles, while Carson Brooks chipped in 20. The win snaps the Railsplitters’ 20-game win streak. The red hot Eagles improve to 11-10 overall, 9-6 in the SAC. Lincoln Memorial drops to 20-1 overall, 14-1 in the SAC.
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