This Week in Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball: Dec. 28th

Friday, December 28, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Twelve games are scheduled over the next seven days including the start of conference play on New Years Eve. Only four non-conference games are scheduled for the week. Jacksonville at No. 5 Indiana on Thursday can be seen on the Big Ten Network, while Northern Kentucky at North Florida can be viewed on ESPN3.

A-Sun Men's Basketball Weekly Notes (#ASunMBB):
  • North Florida’s Travis Wallace, the A-Sun Player of the Week, is averaging 23 points over the past three games. USC Upstate’s Torrey Craig is the only other player to average at least 20 points in the past three games at 21.0 PPG.
  • USC Upstate has won its past three conference openers - the longest streak in the A-Sun. The Spartans open conference play on Jan. 5th at Northern Kentucky. North Florida has won its past two A-Sun openers and begin this year on Dec. 31st with Lipscomb.
  • A-Sun teams are 15-6 over the past two seasons in their home openers including a 73 record last year with all seven wins by at least eight points. Five of those victories were by double digits.
  • Over the past four conference seasons, ETSU owns the most A-Sun wins with 53 just ahead of Jacksonville at 48 victories. The Buccaneers also own the most wins over the past three seasons (39) and two seasons (26).
  • Last season, North Florida’s Parker Smith led all scorers in conference play at 17.0 PPG one point ahead of USC Upstate’s Torrey Craig (16.9 PPG). Stetson’s Adam Pegg (16.1 PPG) and Kennesaw State’s Markeith Cummings (15.3 PPG) ranked third and fourth, respectively.
  • Mercer is currently holding its opponents to 54.8 points/game, which would ranks as the best scoring defense in A-Sun history. The conference record is 55.4 PPG by College of Charleston during the 1997-98 season.
  • USC Upstate is tied for the nation’s 18th longest home court winning streak at 10 games with Iowa. The Spartans have two home contests this week with Coastal Georgia on Dec. 30th and Hampton on Jan. 2nd.
  • Lipscomb Head Coach Scott Sanderson next win will give him 300 in his career. The Bisons take on North Florida and Jacksonville on the road on Dec. 31st and Jan. 2nd.
  • Only five Atlantic Sun men’s basketball players have reached 2,000 points in their career. Kennesaw State’s Markeith Cumings is only 207 points from reaching the mark. If Cummings stays on his season scoring average of 17.3 PPG, he would finish with 2,104 career points - good for fourth-most in A-Sun history.
  • Five A-Sun teams remain unbeaten at home. FGCU’s 7-0 mark tops the charts ahead of Mercer (4-0), North Florida (2-0) and USC Upstate (2-0). Northern Kentucky has yet to host a contest, but get its first chance on Jan. 5th when USC Upstate comes to The Bank of Kentucky Center.
  • Lipscomb’s Stephen Hurt has been the top newcomer in the A-Sun for the past two weeks. Hurt now leads the conference in rebounding at 8.4 rebounds after pulling down 42 boards in the past three contests (14.0 RPG).
  • North Florida’s Parker Smith and Travis Wallace are the top scoring duo in the A-Sun at a combined 29.7 points per game just ahead of USC Upstate’s Torrey Craig and Adrian Rodgers at 28.9 PPG.
A-Sun Career Points - Markeith Cummings
  • 10. Jeff Sanders, Georgia Southern (1986-89) - 1,861
  • T11. Jonathan Pixley, Samford (1992-97) - 1,826
  • T11. Kerry Blackshear, Stetson (1992-96) - 1,826
  • 14. Markeith Cummings, KSU (2009-pres.) - 1,793
A-Sun Career Points - Jerron Granberry
  • 114. Tony Bolds, Mercer (1981-84) - 1,085
  • 115. Chris Collier, Georgia State (1989-91) - 1081
  • 116. Lamont McIntosh, Ga. State (2000-04) - 1,074
  • 117. Jerron Granberry, UNF (2009-pres.) - 1,071
A-Sun Career Points - Torrey Craig
  • 80. Darryl Hagler, Samford (1982-86) - 1,199
  • T82. Kevin Tiggs, ETSU (2007-09) - 1,197
  • T82. Scott Bailey, Mercer (1986-90) - 1,197
  • 84. Torrey Craig, USC Upstate (2010-pres.) - 1,195
A-Sun Career Points - Parker Smith
  • 113. Ralton Way, Houston Baptist (1978-81) - 1,089
  • 114. Tony Bolds, Mercer (1981-84) - 1,085
  • 115. Chris Collier, Georgia State (1989-91) - 1,081
  • 116. Parker Smith, UNF (2010-pres.) - 1,075

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