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Black College Sports News And Notes
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — This week’s black college sports notebook includes information on regular season and post season basketball along with baseball, bowling and track and field.
HAMPTON FROSH NEARING NCAA FIELD GOAL PCT. RECORD
With one regular season game and the MEAC Tournament remaining, Hampton freshman Mike Freeman is on the verge of establishing a new record for field goal percentage in a season by a freshman. Sidney Moncrief currently holds the record after shooting 66.5% during his rookie season at Arkansas (1975-76) before going on to star for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.
Entering Wednesday’s game against Maryland-Eastern Shore Freeman is shooting 67.6% from the field after having made 142-of-210 field goal attempts. A 6-foot-8, 220 pound forward from Alexandria, Va. , Freeman is also the leading candidate for MEAC Rookie of the Year honors.
He ranks 12th in the league in scoring (13.9 ppg), fifth in rebounding (6.4 rpg), fourth in offensive rebounding (2.56) and 10th in blocked shots (0.67 bpg). In addition, his 67.6% field goal percentage is second in the country behind only Georgetown seven-footer Roy Hibbert.
GRAMBLING, PRAIRIE VIEW TAKE SWAC TRACK CROWNS
The Lady Tigers of Grambling State University pulled out a close fight over Jackson State University to win the 2007 SWAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. GSU edged The Lady Tigers 135 to 130. In the men’s team competition, the Panthers of Prairie View A&M University won convincingly over the other opponents with a 144 points total. Southern University came in second with 112 points.
The most outstanding female field performer was Monica Robinson of Southern University. The Lady Jaguar star claimed the high jump, long jump, and pole fault champion titles, as well as placing in the shot put and triple jump categories. She was also the 60 meter and 60 meter hurdles champion, and ended the day with 36 total points.
For the men, Bradley Durham of Prairie View A&M claimed the title of most outstanding field performer. Durham was the shot put and weight throw champion and had 20 points. The most outstanding performer for running events was Sha’Tina Anderson of Grambling State with 31 points. Anderson was the mile run champion and place finishes in the 3000, 800, and 5000 meters runs. Kerone Fairweather, also of Grambling State, took the men’s honor, with 26 points. Fairweather claimed the 3000 meter and 5000 meter titles and placed finishes in the 800 meter and one mile runs.
The 60 meter champion for the men was Keantwon Gray of Grambling State University. Gray finished with a time of 6.77. The 4×400 meter relay title goes to the women of Jackson State University and the men of Southern University. The Lady Tigers won with a time of 3:50.73, while the Jaguars finished with a time of 3:17.85.
SIAC ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE HOOP TEAMS
Leading the way for this year’s awards is Natasha Gray, of Benedict College, who took home First Team All Conference honors, MVP of the Year, and leading her team to a second place finish in the SIAC. Latoya Braithwait of Benedict, Shannon Grant of Albany State, Mariah Holt of Kentucky State, and Lokachiran Jamison of Lane took home All Academic honors with at least a 3.7 GPA KSU’s head coach Michelle Clark-Heard took home the Coach of the Year honors. Clark-Heard led turned her team around from a 5-23 record to a 19-8 overall record and a fifth place finish in the conference.Cortney Matthewis of Kentucky State took home first team honors and also Freshman of the Year.
For the men, Monyea Pratt of Stillman College led his team to a fourth place finish in the conference, First Team All Conference honors, and MVP of the Year. William Belton (Morehouse College), took home All Conference and All Academic team honors. Benedict’s head coach Fred Watson led his team to a first place finish in the SIAC while taking home Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. Benedict also finished the regular season with the top seed in the NCAA South Region. With a great performance in the SIAC Tournament, the Tigers could host the NCAA regional. Freshman Tauren Moy of LeMoyne-Owen College , who was seventh in the Conference in scoring, took home First Team honors and Freshman of the Year.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN REMAINS NO. 1 IN HBCU BASEBALL POLL
The Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman (5-8) are still the top ranked team in BlackCollegeBaseball.com’s Top 10 Poll which was released March 1st. The Panthers of Prairie View A&M (10-5) are second followed by Savannah State (9-7), Norfolk State (7-5), and Southern University (1-4).
The rest of the poll includes Alabama A&M (6-6) at number six, Grambling State (7-8) seventh, Alcorn State (4-3) eighth, North Carolina A&T (1-5) at number nine, and Jackson State (5-7) who entered the poll at No. 10.
ALABAMA A&M TAKES SWAC BOWLING CROWN
The Lady Bulldogs can now add another moniker to their resume: Conference Champions. In a spirited contest, Alabama A&M defeated Jackson State four games to one (4-1) to win the 2007 SWAC Bowling Tournament played at Bessemer’s Holiday Bowl Fun Center. The Lady Bulldogs won by game scores of 167-149, 192-187, 194-171, 150-180, 193-181.
AA&M’s Shanice Graham was named the tournament’s MVP. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Alex McIntyre, Cassandra Shivers of Southern, and the Jackson State duo of Ryann Richardson and Krystal Crumedy.