Bahamians in action at NCAA DI opening night

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Transfers make their debut on the court

Simba FrenchSend an emailNovember 9, 2022 218 2 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

 Ole Miss Rebels women’s basketball head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. AP

The road to March Madness began on Monday night and several Bahamians were in action on the court in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I (DI) basketball slate.

Forward Sammy Hunter Jr. and guard Garvin Clarke were in action for the University of Akron Zips, who came away with the 81-80 win over the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. Playing at home at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio, Hunter, who transferred to play for the Zips, got the start and scored four points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field to go with four rebounds. Clarke had a cold start to the season going 0-for-5 from the field to finish scoreless. He, however, had four rebounds and a blocked shot.

The game saw nine lead changes but none more important than the Zips’ 81-80 lead at the end of overtime.

The Bahamian duo returns to action against Mississippi State on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 7 p.m.

Grand Bahamian Ahmard Harvey transferred to the High Point University Panthers in North Carolina. He made his debut with eight points and seven rebounds in a dominant 109-71 victory over the Pfeiffer University Falcons. Harvey played 15 minutes in a sixth man role for the Panthers. He went 3-for-3 from the field and had three steals and a block in the home win.

Harvey will look to better that performance when the Panthers take on Wofford University Terriers on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a home matchup at the Qubein Center in High Point, North Carolina.

Lathaniel Bastian, who moved up to NCAA DI via the transfer portal, made his debut for the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Bastian finished with three points in an 80-57 loss to San Diego State University. He finished the night going 1-for-1 from the field and had one rebound and a block in 10 minutes on the floor.

The Titans will look to do some home cooking at the Titan Gym against Pepperdine in their home opener on Friday at 7 p.m.

Freshman Fredrick King made his NCAA debut for the Creighton University Bluejays, netting five points in a 72-60 victory against St. Thomas University. Playing at home at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, King went 1-for-3 from the field and made three free throws in nine minutes on the floor. He pulled down one rebound and had one blocked shot.

The Bluejays hit the court tomorrow night to play in another home game at 8 p.m. They will play the University of North Dakota.

Franco Miller Jr. and his Florida Gulf Coast Eagles started the season off on the road in Los Angeles, California. They took down the University of South Carolina Trojans 74-61 at the Galen Center. Miller scored two points, going 1-for-3 and pulled down three rebounds. He played 11 minutes off the bench.

Miller and the Eagles will remain in California and head to San Diego to play the University of San Diego Toreros tonight at 10 Eastern Time. It will be the first time in history that these teams play each other.

It was a positive start for head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels, Yolett McPhee-McCuin. Her ladies played against Kennesaw State University and got the 72-60 victory at the SJB Pavilion in Oxford, Mississippi. The Rebels dominated on the glass with 41 rebounds while their opponents only had 28 rebounds. The Rebels shot 43.1 percent from the field as Kennesaw shot 41.5 percent. The second and third quarters saw the Rebels outscoring Kennesaw 43-26.

McPhee-McCuin and her team remain at home to play Southeast Missouri State tomorrow at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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