GSW's Adrian Randall had a huge double-double in Saturday's win, scoring 25 points and pulling down 17 rebounds.
MONTEAVALLO, Ala. — After a historic 7-1 start to their 2011-12 season, the Georgia Southwester women’s basketball team was looking to pick up the victory in their first Peach Belt Conference game Saturday.
The Blue & Gold didn’t just win, but they won convincingly, 101-57. It marked the first time the GSW ladies had ever won in Montevallo.
Adrian Randall paced the Hurricanes with game highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds on a red-hot shooting performance of 10-13 from the field. Jessica Bivins was GSW’s other leading scorer with 22 points as she shot four of seven from beyond the arc. Georgia Southwestern had nine different players score, which included five in double figures.
Rebounding, shooting and sharing the ball were the calling cards for GSW. The Lady ‘Canes outrebounded the Lady Falcons by 28, which lead to 33 second chance points. The Hurricanes buried twelve of their 20 three-point shots and had 24 assists to just 13 turnovers.
The Lady ‘Canes would open the game with suffocating defense as they only gave up six points on 3-12 shooting in the game’s first ten minutes. GSW opened with 4 of 7 on 3-point shooting on the way to a 24-6 lead.
They would go into the halftime break with the 47-22 lead. Their first-half defense provided a six-minute scoreless span for Montevallo. Defensively, the Blue & Gold bottled up Montevallo to 8-26 shooting, forced 11 turnovers, which was turned into 14 GSW points off turnovers. They also out-rebounded the Lady Falcons by 21 (34-13), which accounted for 20 second chance points in the half.
The victory puts the Lady Hurricanes’ record at 8-1 (1-0 PBC). It doesn’t get any easier for the Lady ‘Canes as their next game is against the defending national champion Clayton State Lady Lakers. GSW will play CSU on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Clayton State.
GSW MEN LOSES TO NEMESIS: The Georgia Southwestern men’s basketball team has taken care of business throughout its non-conference portion of their schedule to open the 2011-12 season. Saturday’s match-up at the University of Montevallo gave GSW a great opportunity to open Peach Belt play with a quality win, but that opportunity passed the Hurricanes by as they would lose to the Montevallo Falcons, 66-60, on Saturday. Montevallo is the same team that knocked off GSW in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament last season, making Saturday’s loss sting that much more.
D.J. Rivera, the PBC’s leading scorer, dropped 27 points in the victory and grabbed six rebounds.
Georgia Southwestern trailed by five at the halftime break. The Hurricanes struggled in the second half’s first nine minutes as Montevallo pushed the lead to 15 points. The ‘Canes would cut the lead to as little as two points in the game’s final minutes but never got closer.
Colin Slotter continued his stellar play off the bench as he finished with 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Second in scoring for the Blue & Gold was Phillip Brown 15 points to go along with his 16 rebounds.
ANDREW WOMEN WIN AGAIN, SET UP SHOWDOWN TODAY WITH DARTON COLLEGE: The Lady Tigers continued their torrid start to the season Saturday with a whopping 72-42 victory against West Georgia Tech to improve to 10-4 overall.
It’s the best record for Andrew since the program was restarted in 2006, but more importantly it gives the Lady Tigers momentum heading into today’s 2 p.m. showdown with Darton College, which has beaten the Lady Tigers every time they’ve played since 2006.
“It’s a big one,” Andrew College coach Mike Riffe said of today’s matchup in Cuthbert. “I hope we’re ready for them — I think we are — but we’ll know (today) around this time. I really believe my girls are going to show up (and give Darton all it can handle).”
Andrew’s Kody Brusso gave West Georgia Tech all it could handle Saturday with a team-high 13 points, followed by 10 from Jalisa Tucker.
Late Friday, Albany Tech men get back on winning track with home victory: Worth County native Jamorris Gaines scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds and the Albany Tech men’s basketball team rolled past Sound Doctrine late Friday night, 103-63.
Former Monroe star Anthony Mackey added 10 points and seven rebounds, Vidhal Brooks posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards and Aubrey Daniels was second in scoring with 15 points.
The win improved the Titans’ record to 4-5.