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Belmont leaving Atlantic Sun for tougher Ohio Valley Conference

 

(courtesy of Belmont athletics)

The Belmont University Bruins have been the team to beat in the Atlantic Sun Conference which also includes: East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida, South Carolina Upstate and Stetson.

The Bruins have won the conference championship in five of the past seven years, but the school is leaving after this school year.

Starting next year with the 2012-13 school year, Belmont will be competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The benchmark school in the OVC has the been the Murray State Racers who have dominated the league recently.

The OVC and the Atlantic Sun have been one-bid leagues and the NCAA has rarely taken two from a mid-major conference.

Belmont was established in 1890, has 6,374 students and located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school has 15 varsity sports, 8 for women, 7 for men.

Their most notable alumni includes: Jimmy Bowen, record producer; Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman; country artist Brad Paisley; TV star Minnie Pearl, born Sarah Cannon; country artist Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis’ daughter; country artist Lee Ann Womack and country artist Trisha Yearwood.

 

Info compiled from Belmont University news & basketball team media guide

Charlotte defeats Wright State, 70-66 despite Mays’ 25 points

The men’s basketball team couldn’t quite get over the hump as they dropped a 70-66 decision to Charlotte Saturday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Charlotte scored the first seven points of the contest and the 49ers looked to be in control as two Chris Braswell foul shots increased the margin to 21-9 with 7:04 remaining in the first half.

WSU, however, stormed back with 10 straight points, including threes from AJ Pacher and John Balwigaire and the Raiders closed to within one on a Julius Mays triple before heading into halftime down just 28-26.

Billy Donlan talks strategy with team (photo by Tim Zechar courtesy Wright State athletics)

Wright State shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half compared to 46 percent for Charlotte, but the Raiders hit six of 12 from three-point range while the 49ers were only two of nine.

WSU trailed by just two on three different occasions in the first three minutes of the second half, but Charlotte maintained the advantage each time and eventually went up 43-33 following a E. Victor Nickerson basket with 12:45 to play.

The margin was 58-49 at the 7:15 mark, but again the Raiders mounted a comeback, tallying seven unanswered points to again make it a two-point game.

Again, however, Charlotte was able to keep the lead and maintain it the rest of the way despite the Raiders cutting the deficit to two on two more occasions down the stretch.

The 49ers continued their hot shooting into the second half as they made 14 of 21 attempts to finish the night at 56 percent overall while Wright State was at 37 percent.  It ultimately came down to free throws as Charlotte was 17 of 24 while WSU was 13 of 20, including nine of 15 in the second half.

For the third straight game, Mays led the way for the Raiders with 25 points, 17 of those coming after halftime.  He finished the week with 61 points (21 vs. Florida, 15 at North Florida) in three contests after scoring just eight points over the first three games of the season.  Mays also paced WSU with five rebounds.

Cole Darling chipped in 12 for Wright State, but no other Raider had more than seven.

Braswell paced Charlotte (3-2) with 22 points while DeMario Mayfield had 14 and Jamar Briscoe 13.

Wright State with the loss drops to 2-4.

 

Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

Jaguars owner Weaver fires Del Rio & sells team

 

Jack Del Rio during training camp July 2008 (photo by Nichos via wikipedia commons)

Jack Del Rio knew the stakes when he went to training camp this season with his Jacksonville Jaguars. His job security became week-to-week once two things occured: 1) when he cut veteran quarterback David Garrard to go with rookie Blaine Gabbert and 2) when owner Wayne Weaver said he needed to make the playoffs to keep his job for a 10th season.

At 3-8 this season, Weaver fired Del Rio. He leaves the North Florida city with a 69-73 record, including 1-2 in two playoff berths. The Jaguars were not able to win the NFL’s AFC South in any of his nine seasons. The division also has Indianapolis, Houston and Tennessee.

Weaver also announced that he was selling the franchise to Illinois businessman Shadid Khan, who was born in Pakistan and is the owner of Flex-N-Gate bumper systems company.

The franchise, born in 1993, is worth $760 million according to Forbes magazine.

The 77-year-old Weaver named defensive coordinator Mel Tucker the interim head coach and gave general manager Gene Smith a three-year contract extension. Smith will head the coaching search.

The 61-year-old Khan’s purchase of the team is subject to NFL approval. League owners will be voting on December 14. If it is approved, the sale will become official January 4.

 

Info courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Radio & TV news

Wright State loses at North Florida, 69-52

 

The Wright State men’s basketball team wrapped up play in the Global Sports Shootout Wednesday night, falling at North Florida 69-52.

The Raiders jumped out to an early 6-1 advantage before the Ospreys answered with 10 straight to take the lead for the first time.  An 18-6 run, six coming from both Julius Mays and AJ Pacher, put WSU back in front 28-22 before NFU scored the final six points of the period to tie at 28 heading into halftime.

(courtesy of Wright State athletics)

Both teams shot the ball well in the opening 20 minutes as North Florida made 11 of 20 for 55 percent while Wright State was 12 of 26 for 46 percent, including four of 10 from three-point range.

North Florida went in front to stay by scoring the first seven points of the second half, but WSU only trailed 47-44 following a Mays layup with 9:05 remaining.  The Ospreys, however, followed with nine unanswered and a 16-4 run overall to go up 63-48 with 3:34 to play.

While North Florida hit 17 of 29 shots in the second half for 59 percent, the Raiders struggled, making just eight of 27 attempts for 30 percent.  Overall, the Ospreys shot 57 percent while WSU was at 38 percent.

UNF also led 36-20 in points in the paint and 26-9 in points off of turnovers despite only a 14-12 differential in turnovers.

Mays paced the Raiders for the second straight game as he had 15 points with four assists.  Pacher added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench, but no other WSU player had more than eight.

Jerron Granberry led North Florida (2-4) with 19 points while Travis Wallace had 11 off the bench.

Wright State (2-3) begins a three-game homestand and will be at the Nutter Center for seven of its next nine.

 

Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

Raiders pull away from Jackson State in second half

 

After struggling in the first half, the offense came alive in the second as the Wright State men’s basketball team defeated Jackson State 56-39 Wednesday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Both teams found the scoring hard to come by in the opening 20 minutes as Cole Darling’s layup at the 11:07 mark made it a 3-2 Jackson State lead.  The Tigers maintained a slight edge for most of the rest of the period until jumpers by Kendall Griffin and Reggie Arceneaux in the final minute gave the Raiders a 17-14 halftime advantage.

After hitting just one of its first 18 shots, Wright State made six of its final eight in the first half to shoot 27 percent while Jackson State was three of 17 for 18 percent.

WSU then started the second half with a 20-8 run, nine of those coming on three three-pointers by Arceneaux, to go up 37-22 with nine minutes to play.  The Tigers would get no closer than eight the rest of the way as the Raiders closed the game with an 11-2 burst over the final two minutes.

Reggie Arceneaux (courtesy of WSU athletics)

Wright State shot 36 percent in the second half to finish at 31 percent overall while Jackson State was at 26 percent.  WSU went 18 of 26 at the foul line compared to 15 of 21 for the Tigers and led 13-3 in points off of turnovers as the Raiders forced 21 while committing 13.

Arceneaux led Wright State with 15 points, 11 coming in the second half, while Armond Battle had 10, all after halftime.  Darling had nine points and nine rebounds in his first action of the year and John Balwigaire chipped in nine off the bench.

Jenirro Bush paced Jackson State (0-3) with 15 points, but no other Tiger had more than five.

Wright State (2-1), now 1-1 in the Global Sports Shootout, wraps up tournament play with a pair of games in the Sunshine State next week.  On Monday, November 21, WSU faces Florida in a 7:00 matchup at the St. Pete Times Forum, a game that can be seen live on Fox Sports Florida.  The Raiders then head to Jacksonville to take on North Florida on Wednesday, November 23, also at 7:00.

 

 

Courtesy of WSU athletics

 

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