AMERICUS -- On the heels of Georgia Southwestern's first trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament on Saturday, the program received some more good news Wednesday when standout Phillip Brown was named to 2011 Daktronics All-Southeast Region First Team.
The Jonesboro native spearheaded GSW's dramatic turnaround this season as the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year and an All-Conference First Team selection. He was named the PBC Player of the Week on three occasions and is averaging 15 points and 11.2 rebounds a game. Brown is shooting 63.4 percent from the field, leading the PBC in both rebounding and field goal percentage. He ranks third in the conference in blocked shots and 10th in scoring.
Brown ranks near the top of D-II in several categories, as well, including rebounds per game (fourth), field goal percentage (11th) and blocks (19th).
A 6-foot-7 junior, Brown has recorded 14 double-doubles this season and scored in double-figures on 24 occasions. In addition, he's pulled down double-figure rebounds 16 times.
Brown becomes the second GSW student-athlete to be named All-Region since the 'Canes joined the NCAA in 2006-07. Golfer Craig Gibson was named to the PING All-Region Southeast Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America in May of last year.
Brown and the Hurricanes face Montevallo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at noon in Augusta.
INFO FOR GSW FANS TRAVELING TO AUGUSTA:
Augusta State University will play host to an unprecedented fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament this weekend when the Southeast Regional tips in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The regional will consist of four sessions and include seven games over a four-day stretch. Georgia Southwestern (20-8), the No. 3 seed, and sixth-seeded Montevallo (18-10) will tip off quarterfinal play at noon Saturday. At 2:30 p.m., second-seeded Lincoln Memorial (27-2) and No. 7 Anderson (18-11) will meet in the second game of session one.
Top-seeded Augusta State (28-3) and No. 8 UNCP (18-11) will tangle for the fourth time this season in the first game of the second session at 6:00 p.m., before No. 4 Queens (20-7) and No. 5 seed Limestone (23-6) wrap up the first day's play at 8:30 p.m.
All tickets for the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional are $10 per session and are available for purchase online at the official website of ASU Athletics -- www.jaguarsroar.com -- by visiting the Official Team Store link. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Christenberry Fieldhouse box office beginning Saturday morning at 11 a.m., one hour prior to tipoff of the first game of the regional.
The $10 session tickets are also on through Friday in the Jag Card Office located on the second floor of the Jaguar Student Activities Center (JSAC) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., today, tomorrow and Friday. For more information on the Jag Card ticket sales, call 706-731-7080.
To accommodate the fans, a shuttle service will run on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day. The former Save-A-Lot parking lot on Wrightsboro Road will be used as an overflow parking lot, and fans will be shuttled to and from Christenberry Fieldhouse every 15 minutes.
For more information on the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional, visit the official website of the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional at www.jaguarsroar.com.