Post by: Lydia Wright, senior public relations major
The men’s and women’s basketball teams are both undefeated after the first three weeks of competition. With conference play beginning this week, both teams hope to make a statement in the Gulf South Conference as they are eligible for NCAA Division II postseason play for the first time.
The men’s team is currently 6-0 with one of those wins coming from an overtime victory against Stillman College on Nov. 22, as part of the University of Alabama Huntsville Classic. Senior guard Corieon Pearson hit a three pointer with 20 seconds left in overtime to give the Bulldogs the lead, 79-78, and ultimately the victory.
The Bulldogs have reached 90 plus points twice already this season, as they scored 99 points in their season opener against Lemoyne-Owen College and 96 points in the win against Rust College.
The men’s team opens conference play against Shorter University on Friday, Dec. 4, in Rome, Georgia, followed by another conference game, Saturday, Dec. 5, at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
As for the women’s team, while most students were at home visiting family over Thanksgiving Break, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to participate in the Nova Southeastern Classic. At the time, Nova was ranked number one in all of NCAA Division II.
On Friday, Nov. 29, the Lady Bulldogs faced off against Sunshine State Conference member, Barry University, (Fla.) with the women coming out victorious, 70-61.
Saturday brought the second and final match of the tournament for the Lady Bulldogs, as they were set to play the host team, Nova. The Bulldogs came out victorious once again, beating the top team in the nation 83-78.
The two wins at Nova brought the Lady Bulldogs to an overall record of 4-0, making a combined record of 10-0 for Bulldog basketball so far this season. Along with the men’s team, the women will also face off against Shorter and Lee University this coming weekend.
With the way these two teams have begun playing, the GSC teams look like they are in for some tough competition from the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs this season.