Thursday, December 9, 2010

GAME NOTES: UWF Returns to Action at Delta State

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ROAD-WEARY
West Florida’s season-opening road trip is nearing its end, as the Argonauts will return to host Columbus State on Dec. 15.  The Argonauts’ season starts with eight straight road games, including this week’s Sunday matinee at Delta State.  The Argos were 6-8 at the UWF Field House last season, and the team is looking forward to seeing action on its home court.

DEFENSE WINS
The Argonauts held Columbus State to just 58 points in their last game, resulting in the team’s second win of the year.  The win also marked team’s lowest opponents point total since Bob Stinnett took over last year.  Over the last two seasons, UWF is 2-0 when holding the opponent under 60 points and 5-1 when holding them under 70.

SECOND HALF SURGE
West Florida’s second half performance at Columbus State was one to remember, as Jamar Moore scored 16 points over the first six minutes of the half and totaled 20 after halftime.  Moore shot 7-9 from the field and 3-4 from long range in the second half, and Mike Lewis added 17 points in the second frame on 6-7 shooting.  Moore and Lewis combined for 37 of the team’s 44 points in the second half.

SO LONG, NOVEMBER
The Argonauts will be happy to leave the month of November, as the team went 2-5 in the season’s first month.  UWF is 4-8 in November in Bob Stinnett’s first two seasons.  The Argos went 4-3 in December last year, and they will try to turn things around again here in 2010-11.

MORE FOR MOORE
Jamar Moore has been a standout performer so far in his first year at UWF.  The junior has scored in double digits in four of the seven games, and he has totaled 10 or more rebounds twice.  Moore is an excellent ball handler and distributor as well, as he leads the team with 19 assists.

FAULKNER STATE TRIO
For the first time all season, all three transfers from Faulkner State Community College were in the starting lineup in UWF’s last game at Columbus State.  Jamel Brazeal, Jamar Moore and Anthony Sims have all been big contributors to the team this year, including Moore who has been arguably the team’s most valuable player so far.

The Faulkner State connections don’t stop there, as assistant coach Wade Anderson coached at Faulkner State for two years and graduate assistant coach Kenny Holmes played there for two seasons.

POINT GUARD DUO
With Jamel Brazeal and Mike Lewis in the starting lineup each of the last two games, West Florida has had the luxury of playing with two true point guards on the floor at the same time.  Lewis has been one of the team’s top scoring threats all season, leading the way with 14.1 points per game.  Brazeal has started to play more of a factor over the last three games, highlighted by a seven point-seven rebound performance at Montevallo.

GSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jamar Moore was the first Argonaut to earn GSC Player of the Week honors, it was announced on Nov. 23.  Moore had two double-doubles in three games, and he also scored in double digits in all three games.  In a loss at Alaska Fairbanks, Moore also flirted with a triple-double, adding six assists to his 13 points and 10 rebounds.

TOURNAMENT STANDOUTS
Juniors Mike Lewis and Jamar Moore earned spots on the all-tournament team at the Alaska Invitational.  Lewis averaged 17 points per game in the tournament, while Moore nearly averaged a double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds per contest.

ARGOS PICKED 4TH IN GSC EAST
Despite its roster turnover, West Florida was picked fourth out of six teams in the Gulf South Conference East Division Preseason Coaches Poll. Stinnett turned over almost the entire roster, and UWF was picked ahead of West Georgia and West Alabama by the East’s six head coaches.

McGHEE EARNS PRESEASON ALL-GSC NOD
Returning senior forward Darryl McGhee sat out 2009-10 but is back again and representing the Argonauts on the 2010-11 Preseason All-GSC team.  McGhee scored 8.0 points and grabbed 4.7 rebounds per game in 2008-09, and he earned GSC Player of the Week honors on Feb. 11.

UP NEXT: COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT HOLIDAY CLASSIC
After the Delta State and Columbus State games, UWF will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on a pair of Sunshine State Conference opponents at the Courtyard by Marriott Holiday Classic.  The Argos will first face tournament host Lynn on Dec. 18, and they will face Barry the following day.

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