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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Tankersley hits buzzer beater to lift GSW past Tusculum

Georgia Southwestern forward Michael Tankersley

Georgia Southwestern forward Michael Tankersley

TUSCULUM, Tenn. — Junior forward Michael Tankersley came through in the clutch for the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon with a last-second shot to lift GSW past the Tusculum College Pioneers, 66-65.

Two free throws by Tusculum’s Keith Jumper gave the Pioneers a one-point advantage with one minute left, but Tankersley hit a game-winning layup with no time left on the clock to give GSW the thrilling win.

Matt Shaw finished the game with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Georgia Southwestern.

Three other players scored in double figures for the Hurricanes as Derrick Dawkins posted 12 points and Tankersley and Arnett added 10 a piece.

MIDDLE GEORGIA MEN 61, ALBANY TECH 55: With leading scorer Antwon Tuff out for two weeks with a foot injury, the Albany Tech men’s basketball team lost Saturday to nationally-ranked No. 15 Middle Georgia.

Tony Fears led the Titans with 11 points, while Albany native Arabian Williams added 10 points and four assists.

The Titans (2-8, 0-4 Region XVII) trailed by just one point in the closing minutes, but a blown defensive assignment gave Middle Georgia a wide-open 3-pointer to take a 4-point lead.

GSW set to host two camps next weekend

AMERICUS – With the college baseball season just around the corner, the Division II Georgia Southwestern State University program is gearing up for its 2013 season opener against Barry (Fla.) University on Feb 1.

But before that, the Hurricanes plan to help area players improve their games and get ready for their seasons.

GSW, led by ninth-year head coach Bryan McLain, is slated to hold two youth baseball camps starting next weekend in Americus at Hurricane Field. The first camp will be for players ages 6-12 on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the second will be held a day later on Dec. 16 for players ages 13-18 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost of each camp is $55, and if you enroll two kids, the cost for the second is just $25.

“We’re excited about the season, and we think we have some great young players once again this year ... many of whom will be out helping us with the camp,” McLain said. “It’s really for any baseball player who’s serious about honing their skills before the season. We’ll be working on all areas: hitting, pitching, fielding, base-running, defense … everything, really. Our coaching staff will also be on hand to help, too.”

For more information, call (229) 931-2843 or email McClain at bsm@canes.gsw.edu. Registration forms are also available at gswcanes.com.