They Can Play in the MEAC & SWAC
TSU committed only 11 turnovers and shot a season-best 53% from the field. Most impressive was the fact that the Tigers outscored Michigan State 36-32 in the paint. It was Texas Southern’s first win over a ranked opponent since 1994 and, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell, they got paid $95,000 to travel to East Lansing to beat the Spartans. Most interesting is that current TSU head coach Mike Davis never won in East Lansing In six seasons as the head coach at Indiana.
Texas Southern wasn’t the only SWAC school to get a big non-conference win. Marcel Mosley scored 33 points to help Arkansas-Pine Bluff knocked off Houston 61-56 in overtime last Wednesday night. The Lions held Houston to 16 first-half points. 24 hours later Kaven Bernard and Raeford Worsham combined for 39 points in Jackson State's 20-point win over Southern Miss.
The MEAC also boasted some impressive performances. Freshman Edward Stephen and sophomore Jalen White combined for 36 points as the “young guns” helped South Carolina State upend Houston, 71-63 on Saturday. Earlier in the week Donte Pretlow hit a floater off the glass to give Morgan State one-point win over UC Irvine. The individual effort of the year so far goes to Delaware State’s Amere May who had 48 points in a win over St. Francis Brooklyn.
And how about Norfolk State. The Spartans are tied with North Carolina Central at 2-0 in the MEAC despite losing 80% of their scoring from last season. Head coach Robert Jones has a new scoring tandem in juniors Jeff Short and Rashid Gaston. The 6-foot-4 Short is averaging 18.5 points per game while the 6-foot-9 Gaston contributes just under 16 points and 10 rebounds per game.
One day people will figure out there is some good basketball being played in the MEAC and SWAC.
MY5 – Week 6
Denzel Livingston (Incarnate Word): The Cardinals have emerged as one of the most interesting stories from the non-conference slate and the 6-foot-4 senior has been a big reason why. After their upset win over Nebraska, Incarnate Word was primed for a letdown at Grand Canyon. But a season-high 34 points from Livingston, which included the game-winner with 22 seconds remaining, helped the Cardinals to 82-80 road win. Three days later he had 30 in a triple OT win at UMKC.
Devareaux Manley (Kent State): The 6-foot-4 senior poured in seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 24 points in the Golden Flashes win over North Carolina A&T. The offensive outburst is nearly three times his point-per-game average coming into the season. On Sunday he hit a big three late in the second half, to tie the game against North Dakota State, a game Kent would win 53-52. Manley is shooting around 50% from beyond the arc and has helped Kent State improve to 8-2 on the season.
Amere May (Delaware State): His stellar effort was noted above. The 6-foot-3 senior scored a NCAA Division I season-high 48 points to lead Delaware State past St. Francis 72-64 on Wednesday. It's the second most point ever scored by a Delaware State player. May was 16-for-25 from the field, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. And he hit all 10 of his free throws. May, who is averaging just under 20 points per game, had 32 points against Wake Forest earlier this season. A marked man on Saturday, he finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds in the Hornets loss to Oregon.
Quinton Upshur (Northern Arizona):
He was the hero in one of the wildest finishes to a game you will ever see. Take a moment and watch the final 20 seconds of NAU’s win at Saint Mary’s
. Upshur would finish with 26 points, including the game-winner on a steal of an inbounds pass in the final seconds. The 6-foot-5 senior hit a three, with 51 seconds remaining to bring NAU within one. After Kris Yanku tied it with 8 seconds left, Upshur stole the inbounds and converted the layup to win it for the Lumberjacks.
Raeford Worsham (Jackson State):
The 6-foot-4 junior had a big game in the Tigers big win over Southern Miss last Thursday. Worsham finished 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. After struggling from beyond the arc in previous two games, Worsham found his mark shooting 50% from long range against Southern Miss. The transfer from Arkansas State, who missed the first eight games of the season, has been a great addition for head coach Wayne Brent. He can play.