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DENMARK -- The Voorhees College men's basketball team ranked inside the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Top 25 poll for the first time since 2002 as the Tigers begin the season at No. 20.

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The ranking, which came with 109 total points, is the highest for the Tigers since 2002. The Tigers, who are coming off a 24-6 season, made a second trip back to the NAIA National Tournament. Voorhees was 25th in the final poll last season.

Head men’s basketball coach Derrick Mitchell said a strong returning core and some valuable additions this fall will take the team’s expectations to a new level.

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“I always have a strong team. We have been working hard since the summer and we want to continue breaking records,” Mitchell said.

Senior captain Alex Brooks, point guard and Mr. Voorhees College, said the team finished strong but plans on finishing even stronger this year. “It is a blessing the team ranked in the top 25. We still have our work cut out for us, but we are not afraid of a challenge."

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The Tigers are scheduled to play the Piedmont International University Bruins during the Voorhees homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.

Littleton waiver denied

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COLUMBIA -- South Carolina women's basketball redshirt sophomore transfer Destiny Littleton's request for a waiver to play for the Gamecocks this season has been denied by the NCAA. The San Diego, Calif., native will have two years of eligibility remaining after this season.

Gamecocks win exhibition

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina defeated Columbia International, 87-50, in an exhibition contest Wednesday night at Colonial Life Arena. Sophomore guard AJ Lawson led all scorers with 23 points and was one of four Gamecocks in double figures.

Tigers win exhibition

CLEMSON — Clemson University men's basketball began the 2019-20 season with an exhibition against the Division II Anderson Trojans.

The contest at Littlejohn Coliseum served as the Tigers' sole exhibition prior to the start of regular season play. Four different Tigers scored in double figures on the evening, and Clemson won 75-48.

The Tigers were led by Aamir Simms with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Moore receives waiver

CLEMSON — Clemson University men’s basketball transfer sophomore Khavon Moore has received a waiver from the NCAA and is immediately eligible to play for the Tigers this season.

Moore, a transfer from Texas Tech, participated in the 2019 World University Games with Clemson, representing the United States and helping contribute to a gold medal.

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