Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Atlantic Sun Notebook

February 11, 2003 Conference Notes No Comments

Atlantic Sun Notebook

by Kristy Shonka

Stetson Turns Tables on Belmont

The Stetson Hatters proved Saturday that a team’s record doesn’t mean as much as the final score. The Belmont Bruins were the unhappy recipients of that lesson as they lost at home to Stetson 85-80.

The Hatters went into the game with just two Atlantic Sun wins, compared to eight losses. The Bruins went into the game with just two A-Sun losses and eight wins, and they held the top spot in the conference’s North Division. Belmont still holds the top spot, but fell to 2-3 at home in conference play.

The Hatters trailed only once in the game after Belmont’s Adam Mark hit the first bucket of the contest. Stetson went into the locker room at halftime up 45-37. After the break, Belmont’s sharp-shooting Steven Drabyn hit two 3-pointers during a 12-4 run and the Bruins closed the gap to 53-51 with 15:11 left in the game.

The Hatters pulled away for their largest lead of the game with 5:02 left when Anthony Register hit a free throw to put Stetson up 76-63. But the Bruins weren’t ready to give up just yet. Jese Snyder capped off a 15-3 run with a steal and layup, and the Bruins trailed by just one with 57 seconds left.

Stetson maintained its composure and a Ravii Givens floater put the Hatters up three. After Drabyn missed a three from the corner, the Hatters hit all four of their free throws to close out the game.

The upset marked the first time since Gardner-Webb’s upset of Samford on Jan. 11 that a lower-echelon team has beaten an upper-echelon team in conference play.

Troy State Maintains Dominance

The Trojans picked up home wins over Georgia State and Jacksonville State last week, extending their winning streak to seven games. The Trojans’ 19-4 overall record and 10-1 conference record are best in the A-Sun, and collegeinsider.com has the Trojans ranked 10th in its mid-major poll.

Troy State’s wins over North Division opponents were convincing as the Trojans beat Georgia State, 99-81, and handed the Gamecocks a 71-51 beating. Jacksonville State put up a fight in the first half of Saturday’s game, taking a 29-23 halftime lead, but the second half was a different story.

The Trojans opened the period with 14 unanswered points and their defense held the Gamecocks scoreless until JSU’s Omar Barlett hit a layup with 11:32 left in the game.

Georgia State, on the other hand, never had a chance in the Thursday night match-up. The Trojans shot a lights-out 51 percent from the field and 48 percent from behind the arc, hitting 14 three-pointers in the game. TSU led 48-35 at the half, and extended its lead by as many as 30 during the game. Greg Davis missed just one shot for the Trojans, and was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range for 19 points.

The only A-Sun loss for Troy State came Jan. 11 at home against UCF. The Trojans will get a chance to avenge that loss Feb. 20 in Orlando, where the Knights are currently 5-1 in A-Sun play.

If The Tournament Started Today…

Most teams have only five A-Sun games remaining before the conference tournament. If the tourney were to start today Troy State (19-4, 10-1) would hold the top seed. Belmont (13-10, 8-3) would be the No. 2 seed by virtue of winning the North Division, despite having the fourth-best record in the conference.

Mercer (15-5, 9-2) would take the third seed because it beat UCF (17-7, 9-2) earlier in the season and Samford (10-12, 6-5) would be fourth as the runner up in the North. The last four teams to make it are seeded by A-Sun winning percentages regardless of their division. The Knights would be fifth, while Jacksonville (10-12, 5-5) holds the tiebreaker over Georgia State (10-11, 5-5) for the sixth seed. Jacksonville State (13-9, 5-6) would be the final team to make the tournament, meaning the reigning champs Florida Atlantic (7-16, 3-8) wouldn’t make the cut for a chance to defend its title.

The real tournament will take place March 6-8 in Atlanta with Georgia State as the host.

South Proves To Be Toughest Division

While four teams still have cross division games left to play, the A-Sun South has proven it’s the toughest of the two divisions, with its teams compiling a 24-10 record over its northern counterparts. The South’s Troy State was the only team to remain perfect against the other division, and the North’s Campbell and Gardner-Webb failed to pick up a win in the crossover.

Mercer and UCF both went 5-1, while Belmont had the North’s best record at 4-2. Stetson made the most of its opportunity against the North, as the Hatters earned all three of their A-Sun wins over northern teams.

Games of the Week

As far as standings go, it doesn’t get more important than Saturday’s game between Troy State and Mercer. The Trojans lead the Bears and UCF by one game and a Mercer win could create a three-way tie for first place in the South Division. If UCF sweeps Jacksonville and Stetson on the road, the Knights would have a chance at a half-game lead on both TSU and Mercer if the Bears upset the Trojans.

It’s also the Bears’ homecoming game, upping the stakes even more. The Trojans won the first game between these two teams, 89-61, back on Jan. 17 in Alabama.

UCF travels to Jacksonville on Thursday to face a Dolphins team that lost games last week to Belmont and Samford by a combined 59 points. The preseason South Division favorites lost to the Knights 72-48 in Orlando on Jan. 20. The Knights travel to DeLand to face the Hatters on Saturday. UCF won the earlier match-up 82-70 in a turnover-ridden game.

To keep its top standing in the North, Belmont will hit the road where the Bruins are undefeated. Belmont travels to Atlanta for a showdown with Georgia State on Thursday and goes on to Alabama to play Jacksonville State on Saturday.


Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 17, 2018

March 17, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, there is one main story to focus on: history being made in Charlotte and its aftermath. But we also talk about tough times for the Pac-12 and a key member school, plus an added challenge ahead at Pittsburgh.

College Basketball Tonight – March 11, 2018

March 12, 2018 by

College Basketball Tonight returns with a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament bracket, and in the second segment Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian joins us.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018 by

As Championship Week nears its climax on the big Saturday, we look at a pair of semifinals and a lot of bubble teams that may be sweating it out on Sunday.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018 by

As Championship Week heats up, we talk about bubble teams who may or may not want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament, as well as a couple of mid-majors whose conference championship game was played earlier in the week.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we start with floor issues in the Big East and an important NCAA ruling that was upheld. Then we go on to the Big 12, where Wednesday night had a new twist, as well as the ACC and how it shapes up along with no team going undefeated in conference play this year.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.