Saturday, August 27, 2011
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GSW men's basketball coach Mike Leeder scheduled Division I Auburn last year to test his record-setting team, and now has FSU on this season's schedule.
AMERICUS -- For the second consecutive season the Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team will take on a Division I foe. GSW coach Mike Leeder announced Friday the addition of Florida State to the Hurricanes' schedule as an exhibition opponent. The 'Canes will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., on Nov. 7 for a 7 p.m. tip off.
During the 2010-11 season, the Hurricanes traveled west and played Auburn. GSW tested Auburn early and went into halftime down only six points before losing, 78-50.
"This is an opportunity for our team to face one of the better teams from a premier basketball conference in America (in the ACC). Playing against a team, like Florida State in the exhibition setting will give our guys the chance to compete against the best team we will see all year," Leeder said. "This competitive setting will give our guys the chance to grow that they wouldn't get against other teams."
The Seminoles had 23 wins last season, finishing third in the ACC before losing to Virginia Commonwealth in double overtime in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
But the Hurricanes, who had their best season in school history last year, plan to be ready for the test.
GSW finished 20-9 in 2010 and won the PBC Western Division -- marking the first championship in school history in any sport, and it earned GSW its first-ever NCAA Division II tournament appearance.
The 'Canes return nine players from a year ago, including Division II All-American and GSW Player of the Year, forward Phillip Brown.