first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida men’s basketball team tips off Gulf South Conference play this week with home games against Alabama-Huntsville and North Alabama.  Last year UWF went 2-8 in conference play, finishing sixth in the East Division.  The Argonauts are 7-7 heading into conference play this year, but they have won six of their last eight games.2010-11 UWF Men’s Basketball Game Notes- 1/13 vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 1/15 vs. North Alabama – 12/30 McDonald Fleming Moorhead Classic- 12/18 @ Courtyard by Marriott Holiday Classic – 12/12 @ Delta State, 12/15 vs. Columbus State- 11/26 @ Coca-Cola Classic  – 11/18 @ Alaska Invitational- 11/12 @ UCF BACK IN PENSACOLAThe Argos have played just three games at home this year, and they are 3-0 at the UWF Field House.  Thursday’s GSC opener against Alabama-Huntsville will mark the team’s first home game in front of the student body this year, as the previous three home games were during the semester break.  UWF is 10-8 at home in two years under head coach Bob Stinnett.ALL-AROUND PLAYERJunior Jamar Moore is averaging 16.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this year, ranking him in the top 10 in the GSC in all three categories.  Moore and Christian Brothers’ Scott Dennis are the only two players in the conference to rank in the top 10 in both rebounds and assists, and Moore is the only player to rank in the top 10 in all three categories.  Dennis ranks 14th in the GSC with 14.3 points per game, while he also averages 3.8 assists and a conference-best 11.6 rebounds.AROUND THE GSCThursday marks the opening of the conference season for the GSC East Division, but the GSC West conference slate is already under way.  No. 14 Christian Brothers (13-2, 1-0 GSC) is one of four teams off to a 1-0 start in the West, and they face Arkansas Tech (10-3, 1-0 GSC) on Thursday night in a matchup of the last two schools to win GSC championships (ATU in 2008-09 and 2009-10, CBU in 2007-08).SCOUTING THE CHARGERSUAH is off to a hot start in 2010-11, as the Chargers earned a spot in the national top 10 this week with a 13-2 record.  The Chargers are one of the most disciplined teams in the nation, averaging over 18 assists per game while turning it over 12 times per contest.  They also can shoot it, scoring 78.7 points per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor.Point guard Josh Magette is one of the top players in the GSC, and he’s averaging 12.7 points, 7.9 assists and 4.5 assists this year while also shooting 56.8 percent from the floor and 42.6 percent from long range.  Jaime Smith is the team’s top scorer at 13.8 points per game.  The Chargers will be without big man Zane Campbell, who is averaging 12.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game but is out with a knee injury.SCOUTING THE LIONSNorth Alabama has had mixed results early in the 2010-11 season, starting the year with a 7-9 mark entering conference play.  The Lions are led by Ricky Davis, who scores 15.3 points per game, while big man Marcus Landry (11.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and point guard Beaumont Beasley (12.1 ppg, 3.9 apg) are also key to UNA’s success.HOT SHOOTINGUWF has shot over 50 percent from the field in five games this year, and they are 5-0 in those games.  All five games came in December, a month in which the team went 5-1.  As a team, the Argonauts rank ninth in the GSC in field goal percentage at 46.1.LEWIS FOR THREE!Junior Mike Lewis has hit a three-pointer in all but one game this season, averaging 3.1 threes per game.  Lewis ranks sixth in the GSC and 28th in Division II in three-pointers per game.  He is also a skilled overall scorer, ranking third in the GSC with 17.5 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the floor, 38.3 percent from long range, and 67.3 percent from the free throw line.TOURNAMENT STANDOUTSJuniors Mike Lewis and Jamar Moore earned spots on the all-tournament team at the Alaska Invitational, and Lewis and senior Darryl McGhee were named to the McDonald Fleming Moorhead UWF Christmas Classic all-tournament team.  Lewis also earned MVP honors at the UWF Christmas Classic.SO CLOSE …Anthony Sims is still looking for his first double-double, despite coming close on multiple occasions.  Sims is averaging 7.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. 11/19 – 9 pts, 12 reb 11/20 – 9 pts, 8 reb 11/29 – 10 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast 12/15 – 7 pts, 9 ast 12/30 – 13 pts, 8 reb, 6 astUP NEXT: WEST ALABAMA AND VALDOSTA STATEAfter this week’s games, the Argos will hit the road to face West Alabama and No. 24 Valdosta State in their first two road games of the conference season.  UWF will then close out January with a trip to Lambuth on Jan. 30.Print Friendly Version GAME NOTES: UWF to Open GSC Play vs. Alabama-Huntsville, North Alabama UWF is off to a 7-7 start in Bob Stinnett’s second season as head coach (Photo by David Marshall) center_img Sharelast_img

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