Hawks (7-3, 1-1 GSC) vs. West Florida (6-4, 1-1 GSC)
Thursday, Jan. 3 • 8 pm • UWF Field House
By James Vallone
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Shorter men's basketball team returns to action for a critical Gulf South Conference matchup from West Florida. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 pm, with the game to be played after the Lady Hawks complete their game.
The Hawks (7-3, 1-1 GSC) got back on the winning track by defeating Clark Atlanta for the second time in a month on the court of the Winthrop-King Center on December 29, 99-68. Anthony Banks would record a double-double, with 21 points and 10 rebounds, to lead the Hawks in the contest. Brandon Pullman would also get the double-double with 12 points and the team-high 11 rebounds. Shorter would outscore CAU by 20 points in the second half, and would receive 30 points from the bench – led by the nine points from Austin Pearson.
The Argos (6-4, 1-1 GSC) are playing for the first time since losing both games of the South Point Hoops Classic from Las Vegas, Nev. On December 18 and 19 with St. Mary's taking the first game, 80-74, and Central Washington winning the second game 87-80.
In the most recent loss, the Argonauts had five players reach double digits in scoring, led by Ellis Young III with 20 points. Young scored his 20 points while shooting 7-for-14 from the field and 6-9 from the free throw line. Starters Tracy Williams and Sean Voss scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, and Jonathon Gac and Jason Laatsch chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.
West Florida scored their lone conference victory on December 1 on the road at Union, 77-60. In the game Terrance Beasley was 6-for-10 from the field and 12-13 from the free throw line for a career-high 24 points. Young chipped in with 16 points, and he added six rebounds and five assists.
For the season, the Argos have three players averaging in double digits scoring this season with Young (19.3), Williams (13.8), and Beasley (13.8). Both Voss (.652) and Young (.608) are shooting over 60 percent from the field. Nate Johnson is the most active Argo on the boards, leading the team with 7.8 rebounds per game, leading the team in both offensive and defensive rebounds.
Fans unable to make the game can follow the live stats by clicking on this link. Fans can also catch all the live action by tuning into 95.7 WATG-FM The Ridge or by accessing the audio link located on the men's basketball schedule.