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The South Carolina State men’s and women’s basketball teams will play home-opening games Tuesday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

The first contest will feature the Lady Bulldogs (1-2) against Georgia Southern in a non-conference matchup beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Bulldogs hosting Central Arkansas at 7:30 p.m.

The women are coming off an impressive 65-37 victory over Winthrop on Saturday. Junior guard Kemoni Jenkins led the way with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore guard Chantel Williams chipped in 12 points and seven boards. Newcomer junior forward Jasmine Williams had monster game with a game-high 13 rebounds and 11 points in the win.

Meanwhile, Georgia Southern (1-3) is looking to snap a two-game losing skid.

On the men’s side, the Bulldogs (0-4) return home after a nine-day road trip. Graduate guard Donte Wright leads the way with 9.8 points, while sophomore forward Damani Applewhite chips in 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds. Newcomer Justin Jones plays an active role off the bench with 7.0 points per outing.

Central Arkansas (2-2) has three players in double-figures and is coming off an 102-76 win over Alcorn State on Sunday.

South Carolina State will be hosting Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Day/Thanksgiving Food Drive. Parks and Recreation athletes wearing their uniform will receive complimentary admission. Fans that are donating two non-perishable food items will be admitted for a discount general admission ticket of $5/and $8 reserved admission.

Claflin men win at

St. Augustine's

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Claflin University men’s basketball team defeated Saint Augustine’s University, 69-54, in a non-conference road game. The win pushes the Panthers record to 3-1 on the season. Saint Augustine’s remain winless at 0-5.

Jaleel Charles paced Claflin with 14 points, nine rebounds and one block.

Jordan Jones came off the bench to drop in 12 points, all three-pointers, while Benjamin “Tre” Williams added 10 points, including two three-pointers in the victory.

Austin Lawton added nine points and five rebounds and Triston Thompson scored six points with six rebounds in the win.

Saint Augustine’s was led by Tyre Gathright who scored 16 points with four rebounds. D.J. Harrison scored eight points for the Falcons in the loss.

As a team, Claflin shot 59 percent from behind the arc and 54 percent from the charity stripe.

Saint Augustine’s finished the game shooting 33.3 percent from three-point range and 50 percent from the free-throw line.

Claflin led by one, 26-25, at the half.

The Panthers will return to action Saturday, Nov. 25 when they travel to Jackson, Tenn. to take on Lane College in its 2017-18 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) opener.

VSU takes 59-43 win

over Claflin women

ETTRICK, Va. – Ashley Fields scored 20 points and pulled in seven rebounds and two steals as the Claflin University women’s basketball team fell to Virginia State University, 59-43, in a non-conference road game.

With the loss, the Lady Panthers falls to 1-2 on the short season. Virginia State improves to 3-0.

The contest was the first of six straight road games for the Lady Panthers who will face Virginia Union on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Richmond, Va. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Jhanice Stokes was the only other Claflin player to score in double-figures with 10 points. Stokes pulled in a team-high eight rebounds.

Dominique Williams added seven points and four rebounds in the loss.

Virginia State was led by Mia Fitts who scored a game-high 17 points. The Lady Trojans had three players to recorded double-digit points as Keyana Brown dropped in 13 and Alexis Smith contributed 10.

Chrisanna Green pulled in a game-high 13 rebounds and Endia McKinney pulled in six for the Virginia State in the win.

Collectively, Claflin shot 27.8 percent from the field and 64.7 percent from the charity stripe, while Virginia State shot 38 percent from the field and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the free-throw line.

After its contest with Virginia Union, the Lady Panthers will travel to Jackson, Tenn. to open Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) play at Lane College.

Temple men

top Clemson

CHARLESTON (AP) — Shizz Alston Jr. scored 14 points including four clinching foul shots as Temple defeated Clemson 67-60 to win the Charleston Classic on Sunday night.

It marks a historic start for Temple (3-0), which had never before won the first three games of a season away from home.

Their Charleston victories included wins over a pair of Power Five opponents in Auburn of the Southeastern Conference and Clemson of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Tigers are 4-1 and play host to Texas Southern on Friday at 3 p.m.

USC women

ranked No. 3

NEW YORK (AP) — The UConn Huskies are still the team to beat, remaining No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.

The Huskies (3-0) routed then-No. 20 California and No. 15 Maryland this week. UConn once again received all 32 votes from the national media panel on Monday. They topped the Terrapins without junior preseason All-American Katie Lou Samuelson who will be sidelined with a sprained left foot for a few weeks. UConn is headed out west to face No. 5 UCLA on Tuesday before playing Michigan State and Nevada.

Texas, South Carolina and Louisville are 2-3-4 in the poll.

Duke tops Furman by 29

DURHAM, N.C. -- For first-year Furman head coach Bob Richey - a former Florence Christian School and North Greenville University standout guard - his first two collegiate coaching losses have come against an Elite Eight program from last season (Butler) and the nation's current No. 1 (Duke).

Marvin Bagley III scored 24 points and No. 1 Duke beat Furman 92-63 on Monday night in the on-campus round of the PK80.

Trevon Duval had a season-best 18 points, Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 and a fourth freshman -- Alex O'Connell -- scored 10 for the Blue Devils (5-0).

John Davis III scored 15 points and Matt Rafferty added 11 for the Paladins (2-2), who have lost two straight.


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