S.C. State 100
Four S.C. State Bulldog players scored in double figures, with sophomore forward Damani Applewhite tossing in a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, to lead South Carolina State University's men's basketball team in a 100-91 victory over Morris College Tuesday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
Senior guard James Richardson added a season-high 23 points, while graduate guard Donte Wright finished with 15 and Ty Solomon chipped in 11 in the victory.
“It was great to get the win tonight; I thought Applewhite played the best game of his young career, “said head coach Murray Garvin. “We also had four players in double figures tonight for the first time this season, so that shows signs of improvement.”
“It was good to see James “JJ” Richardson get his rhythm; he had a good night shooting the ball and he played more aggressive and we need more of that from him moving forward.”
Applewhite finished 12-of-13 from the field, while Richardson was 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line.
The Bulldogs dominated in every category, including rebounds (44-29), points in the paint (22-20), bench points (24-16) while shooting 52.4 percent (33-of-63) from the field on the night.
South Carolina State led 51-42 at intermission.
The Bulldogs opened the second-half on fire building a 20-point lead, 79-59, off a dunk by Applewhite at the 10:05 mark. Morris cut the lead in half and pulled within 10, 91-81, off a driving layup by Brian Jones with 1:54 remaining in regulation.
A pair of free throws by junior guard Janai Rayner-Powell and Richardson down the stretched sealed the victory for South Carolina State.
“We had a season-high 25 assists and that’s an indication that we are sharing the ball getting other players involved," Garvin stated. "You need a win to get you going, but the road doesn’t get any easier from here; so we will enjoy it for a little while and get back to work.”
Morris was led by Qu’Ran Tanner with a team-high 16 points, while Demetrius Holiday finished with 14 in the loss.
Next up South Carolina State will face ACC foe North Carolina State on Saturday, Dec., 2, in Raleigh, N.C., in a noon showdown.
For more information on South Carolina State Athletics visit www.scsuathletics.com.
S.C. State 82
Columbia International 38
COLUMBIA – All 11 players on the South Carolina State roster scored Tuesday night as the Lady Bulldogs earned an 82-38 win over an overmatched Columbia International University team which had only five players available to play.
Esther Udonis and Kemoni Jenkins had 11 points each for S.C. State, which improved to 2-3 on the season. Bryeasha Blair added 11 points, Jasmine Williams, Kira Bell and Dashinique Peterson eight each, Kyesha Lewis and Jaquanna Murray seven each, Chantel Williams four, and Kerry Watson and Regina Garret two each in the win.
“It’s a rarity when everyone on your roster scores; but we had a big advantage and were supposed to win easily,” Lady Bulldog head coach Doug Robertson said. “We can out lackadaisical and didn’t show much intensity early but after a talk to start the second quarter, we began to play much better and took control of the contest.
“But, we have to play much better and show more consistency if we are to get a win against much tougher opponents, including USC-Upstate (whom the Lady Bulldogs play Dec. 9 on the road).”
Udonis had 10 first-half points, five in each quarter, to stake the Lady Bulldogs to a 37-18 halftime lead, but Robertson’s team led just 15-10 after the opening quarter. SC State started the second stanza with a 10-1 run to build a 25-11 lead on a layup by Jenkins.
The host Rams got the next five points, all by Frasier, to pull to within 25-16 before the Lady Bulldogs closed out the period with a 12-2 spree for their 19-point halftime margin.
Despite Robertson playing his entire roster, S.C. State continued to outdistance the host, which was outscored 24-8 in the third period which ended with S.C. State ahead 61-26. S.C. State outscored the Rams 21-12 in the final period.
CIU, an NAIA member, was led by Seimone Frasier with 13 points and Zeleria Simpson and Raven Fleming with 12 each in the loss, their seventh in as many outings.
Orangeburg Prep 47
Northside Christian 39
LEXINGTON -- Orangeburg Prep varsity girls’ basketball team opened up their season on Tuesday with a 47-39 win over Northside Christian.
The Lady Indians were led by Marlee Robinson with 17 points to lead all scorers, Alyson Hay with eight points and seven steals and Madison Garrick with seven points.
NC was led by Grace Webb with 16 points.
OPS will play their first home game in the newly-renovated McAlister Gymnasium on Thursday starting at 4 p.m. against Pelion.
Lake Marion 34
Lake Marion's girls varsity basketball team opened its season on Tuesday night with a 34-23 victory over Cross.
The leading scorer for the Lady Gators was Antwanique Walley with 13 points.
LM, 1-0, will host Barnwell on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
BRANCHVILLE - Freshman Adonis Davis scored 20 points to help Blackville-Hilda take a 34-point win at Branchville on Tuesday night.
Branchville plays host to Denmark-Olar on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
Northside Christian 62
Orangeburg Prep 42
LEXINGTON - Northside Christian took a 62-42 win over Orangeburg Prep on Tuesday.
Bill Metts led the way for OPs with 15 points and Ian Scott had seven points.
The Indians will host Pelion on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
JV BOYS BASKETBALL
Northside Christian 33
Orangeburg Prep 30
LEXINGTON - Northside Christian defeated Orangeburg Prep 33-30 in Orangeburg Prep’s season opener on Tuesday.
The Indians were led by McCullough Mims with eight points and Nick Shafer with six points.
OPs will host Pelion on Thursday at 5 p.m.