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Lamar swingman T.J. Atwood named February 24 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

FRISCO, Texas – Lamar guard/forward T.J. Atwood is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

He averaged 21 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting and grabbed five rebounds a contest in the Cardinals’ two wins last week. Atwood dropped 20 points and shot 8-of-12 from the field on Wednesday in a 77-65 win over Sam Houston State, Lamar’s first win in Huntsville since the 2011-12 season.

T.J. Atwood

The Beaumont, Texas, native followed it up with 22 points in a 79-62 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, converting 14-of-15 attempts from the free throw line.

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – T.J. Atwood, Lamar – Senior – Guard/Forward – Beaumont, Texas
With the Cardinals leading the Bearkats by just one at the half, Atwood connected on four of his five attempts from the field and totaled 11 points in the second half as Lamar outscored SHSU 41-30 in the final 20 minutes. He grabbed five boards, dished out a pair of assists and recorded a steal in the victory.

The Islanders sent Atwood to the free-throw line 10 times in the second half of Saturday’s contest, and he sank all but one try to power the Cardinals to their third-straight win. Three of Atwood’s five rebounds came on the offensive side, and he tallied a trio of assists.

This marks the first career Player of the Week award for Atwood and the third for Lamar, joining Avery Sullivan (Nov. 26) and Davion Buster (Feb. 3). The Cardinals are the only team with three different winners in 2019-20.

Honorable Mention: Rylan Bergersen, Central Arkansas; Trenton Massner, Northwestern State; Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian.


Sam Houston State star Kai Mitchell named February 17 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State forward Kai Mitchell is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced February 17.

Kai Mitchell

He averaged 22.5 points per game on 76.2 percent shooting and grabbed six rebounds a contest in the Bearkats’ two wins last week. Mitchell shot 5-of-6 from the field with 15 points in a 79-70 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday and dropped a career-high 30 points in an 82-67 triumph over Central Arkansas on Saturday.

The wins snapped a three-game skid for SHSU and secured a seventh-straight season with double-digit wins in conference play, the longest active-streak in the league and tied for the longest all-time with Stephen F. Austin (2011-18) and the Bearkats’ teams from 2004-11.

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State – Senior – Forward – Haverstraw, N.Y.
After a quiet first half against Southeastern Louisiana, Mitchell accounted for three of the Bearkats’ first four field goals and eight of the team’s first 11 points in the second half. He also sank a pair of free-throws in the final minute to oust the Lions, who had cut SHSU’s lead from 14 points to just three with two minutes to go.

Mitchell, who celebrated a birthday in Saturday’s victory over Central Arkansas, dropped a career-high 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a pair of shots against the Bears. Having never made more than one three-pointer in a game in his Bearkat career, he nailed three of his four attempts from long range.

The senior forward dished out three assists versus Central Arkansas and averaged 2.5 per game on the week. This marks Mitchell’s third Player of the Week award this season.

Honorable Mention: Chudier Bile, Northwestern State; Hayden Koval, Central Arkansas; Avery Sullivan, Lamar.



Nicholls State guard Kevin Johnson named February 10 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls guard Kevin Johnson is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced for February 10.

On the court for all but two minutes in each of the Colonels’ contests last week, he averaged 23 points per game while shooting 69 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 91 percent from the free-throw line. Johnson converted 18 of 20 attempts from the charity stripe in a win over Sam Houston State on Saturday, tying UT-Arlington’s Dink Ford (Dec. 12, 1964) for the 10th-most free throws made in a game in conference history.

Kevin Johnson

Nicholls split its matchups with the league’s top two squads, falling to league-leading Stephen F. Austin 70-64 on Wednesday before rebounding with an 88-82 win over the Bearkats on Saturday. The win secured a season sweep of the SHSU and secured sole possession of second place for the Colonels.

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kevin Johnson, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Thibodaux, La.
Against first-place Stephen F. Austin, Johnson scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half as the Colonels dwindled a 10-point halftime deficit down to three, but the ‘Jacks proved to be too much down the stretch. Johnson shot 5-of-7 from the field and dished out four assists.

Tied with Sam Houston State in the standings after the loss, Johnson turned on the jets in Saturday’s showdown for second place and poured in a career-high 33 points in the win over the Bearkats. He was automatic from the free-throw line, sinking 18 of his 20 attempts to tie UTA’s Dink Ford for 10th on the league’s all-time single-game leaderboard.

Johnson was 14-of-15 from the stripe in the second half, including making 7-of-8 in the final 1:16 to fend off SHSU. He converted 6-of-9 from the field, drilled half of his six attempts from long range and tallied four assists to help Nicholls improve to 9-1 at home this season. This is Johnson’s first career Player of the Week award.

Honorable Mention: Nathan Bain, Stephen F. Austin; Nikos Chougkaz, Northwestern State; Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian; Myles Smith, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.



Lamar Cardinals’ Buster named February 3 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

FRISCO, Texas – Lamar guard Davion Buster is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced February 3.

Davion Buster

The Austin, Texas, native tied a Southland Conference single-game record with 11 made threes in the Cardinals’ 96-91 upset of Battle of the Border rival McNeese on Saturday. Buster was 11-for-18 from deep and finished with a career-high 39 points as LU snapped the Cowboys’ seven-game win streak and claimed its third-straight win in the series.

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Davion Buster, Lamar – So. – Guard – Austin, Texas
Buster found his touch early and often in Saturday’s win over McNeese, drilling three of his first four attempts from beyond the arc as Lamar raced out to a 19-6 advantage in the first six minutes. After the Cowboys pulled within one point with 2:25 to go in the first half, he converted on three-straight to finish the opening half with 26 points.

He shot 3-of-4 from long range in the second half, including one just before the under-eight timeout to give the Cardinals a 16-point advantage, their longest of the day. McNeese once again managed to close the gap before Buster delivered a dagger from three and a crucial pair of free throws down the stretch.

The sophomore joined three other Southland Conference student-athletes who have nailed 11 three-pointers in a game, including Sam Houston State’s Corey Allmond (2009), Lamar’s Mike James (2011) and Nicholls’ Lafayette Rutledge (2018).

Honorable Mention: Rylan Bergersen, Central Arkansas; Sha’Markus Kennedy, McNeese; Bryson Robinson, New Orleans.



Sinclair Men’s Basketball wins record-setting 102-100 in double overtime over Hocking College

Dayton, OH​ – The Sinclair (14-11) Men’s Basketball Team traveled to Hocking College for a conference match Wednesday February 12. The Pride won a highly competitive contest that took going into 2 OTs to pull out the win 102-100. After going five years without an OT game for the Sinclair program, they were faced with back-to-back overtime meetings and sneaked out the win on both occasions.











The Pride struggled on the defensive end early in the game, giving up offensive rebounds on the first 5 possessions and allowing the Hawks to stay close. After the initial struggles of adjusting to the environment and the hostile crowd that Hocking provided, Sinclair slowly came into their own. The Pride were able to play aggressive defense and force the Hawks into low percentage shots. Continuously pounding the paint was working wonders for Sinclair as they were able to get easy layups or force the fouls.


Stanley Williams (6-07/FR – Eastmoor Academy, OH)​ had a tremendous half, posting 10 points on 5-6 shooting and 5 rebounds. Once the Pride started boxing out, they were able to take away the offensive rebounds, ultimately Hocking’s best offense. With a 38-30 lead at the break Sinclair still had a lot of things to fix. Shooting a dismal 4-11 from the free throw line and giving up a total of 11 offensive rebounds.


The Pride came out of the break and started firing errant and early shots, while falling for several pump fakes before seeing the 8-point halftime lead evaporate. ​Jack Hendricks (5-11/FR – Fairmont HS, OH) ​did a tremendous job playing in the passing lanes and getting consecutive steals. Sinclair took a page out of Hocking’s book and started crashing the offensive glass and saw themselves getting easy buckets.


The Pride found the game tied up 74-74 at the end of the 40 minutes. Sinclair was able to start the overtime period with three consecutive 3 point plays. But, even with near perfect execution, the game was knotted up 91-91 as the buzzer sounded. With both teams facing serious foul problems, ​Jack Hendricks ​was able to hit some timely 3s and help Sinclair to a 102-100 2OT win.


Nate Ward (6-04/FR – Gahanna Lincoln HS, OH) ​posted 34 points on 10-20 shooting before fouling out late in overtime after posting 34. ​David Brown (6-05/FR – Linden McKinley HS, OH)​ flirted with a triple-double having 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.


Stanley Williams ​ended with 16 points and 8 rebounds. ​Jack Hendricks ​shot 6-9 from behind the arc having 18 points. It took a true team effort to come away with the win.


The win gives ​Coach Jeff Price​ his 306th career win at Sinclair, breaking the school record for most wins in program history.


GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY By Zach Angel/Student Sports Information, Jeff Price; COURTESY SINCLAIR ATHLETICS


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