Every week, A.D. Drew will go through the past week of HBCU Basketball and give some props to the teams and players making good plays and strong moves with his best DIMES of the week.  Here is the roll call for the last week of November.

Tennessee State Defeats UNF, 81-73, for Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Title

(courtesy TSUTigers.com)

Final Score: Tennessee State 81, North Florida 73
Records: 
TSU (5-3, 0-0), UNF (5-4, 0-0)
Location: 
Las Vegas
Venue: 
Orleans Arena

LAS VEGAS – Tennessee State ended its eleven-day road swing with “Champion” behind its name as the men’s basketball team defeated North Florida 81-73 in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational title game Friday afternoon in the Orleans Arena.

Carlos Marshall Jr. and Wesley Harris, two Tigers who hadn’t produced for the Tigers since its game at Texas Tech, combined for 26 points, 13 a-piece against the Ospreys. Marshall went 3-of-6 from three-point distance, while Harris dropped each of his five free throws and went 4-of-5 from the floor, adding a team-high eight rebounds.

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SWAC Men’s Teams go 3-0 on Saturday, November 30 vs. D1 teams

Texas Southern defeated Lamar 76-73 in their home opener. Alabama State defeated Chicago State 67-54 for their first win of the season, which was also head coach Lewis Jackson’s 200th win at ASU. And, Prairie View A&M won their second consecutive road game at University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) 79-72.

3 NAIA MEN’S TEAMS RANKED IN TOP 25 TO OPEN SEASON; 5 RANKED AFTER FIRST POLL

To open the 2019-20 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 three HBCU teams opened their season in the Top 25 ranking – No.8 Talladega (Ala.), No.14 Stillman (Ala.), and No.22 Wiley (Texas). Others receiving votes were Xavier (La.) and Dillard (La.).

After a few weeks of action, Poll 1 was released on November 27. Two teams from the preseason poll dropped a few spots while three new teams entered the poll.  Talladega (8-1) dropped from 8 to 13th. Stillman (7-2) dropped from 14th to 19th and Wiley dropped out of the Top 25. Entering the poll is Xavier (9-3) at No.16, Dillard (7-4) and Tougaloo (Miss.), 7-1 at No. 25.

The next Coaches’ Top 25 will be released Wed. Dec 11.

Edward Waters Women off to Unbeaten Start

The Edward Waters College Women’s Basketball team is off to their best start in school history following a 86-71 victory over Florida College on Nov. 26. Their only loss of the season is to D1 Bethune-Cookman, but that does not count on their official record since BCU is a non-NAIA school.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: EWC defeated Webber International 60-59 on Monday Dec.2 to improve to 9-0. The first NAIA Women’s Coaches Poll for 2019-20 will be released on Wed Dec 4. EWC was unranked in the preseason poll.)

Fayetteville State Men off to perfect start

The Fayetteville State Broncos were preseason selected 9th among 12 teams in the CIAA’s preseason order of finish. After 7 games, they are 7-0, 4-0 in conference and 1-0 in division. The perfect start to the regular season continued following a 75-61 road victory at Johnson C. Smith.

Bethune-Cookman Men gets hot in Texas improves to 5-2

(via BCUAthletics.com)

SAN ANTONIO – The senior-laden Bethune-Cookman University men’s basketball team established its identity with three weekend victories in the Alamo City.

The Wildcats improved to 5-2 with victories over host University of the Incarnate Word, Eastern Illinois, and St. Francis (Illinois) in the UIW Invitational presented by Denny’s, Nov. 22-24.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: BCU fell to Georgia Tech 68-65 when the Yellow Jackets made a late basket with o:07 seconds remaining on the clock. Game recap via BCUAthletics )

NORFOLK STATE HIT 20 3s on November 13 vs. The Apprentice School.  Tied D1 school assist record

(via MEACSports.com)

NORFOLK, Va. – It was a record setting night for the Norfolk State men’s basketball team on Thursday evening at Joseph Echols Hall. In a non-conference game against The Apprentice School, the Spartans set the school record for 3-pointers in a 113-54 victory.

NSU sank 20-of-32 from deep, topping the previous best of 18 set a season ago. Six players scored in double figures as they scored the most points in six years since a 115-95 win over Newberry College on Nov. 13, 2013.

In addition, the team tied its Division I school record with 26 assists. The 59-point win also stands as the second-largest in D-I history behind a 78-point margin against Mid-Atlantic Christian in December of 2017.

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NO SWAC MEN’S or WOMEN’s TEAM IS OVER .500

The non-conference part of the season can often lead to tough starts for HBCU teams and this year is no different for SWAC men and women teams. Among the men’s teams at the time of this post, not a single team has an overall record above .500.  The most wins among the men’s teams belongs to Grambling, Southern and Prairie View with three. After opening the season with 3 wins, the Tigers have lost 4 consecutive games and currently sit one game under .500.

Three overall wins is also the top mark on the women’s side as well. Alabama State, Alabama A&M and Prairie View A&M all have the most wins. The Hornets recent loss Samford, 83-48, ended a 2-game win streak and dropped them to .500 with a 3-3 record.

SWAC Men’s Standings  |  SWAC Women’s Standings

(ICYMI) Tuskegee downs Sun Belt opponent in exhibition

(via GoldenTigersports.com | Oct. 29, 2019)

The Tuskegee University women’s basketball team opened its exhibition season with a 78-73 win over NCAA Division I opponent, Georgia State out of the Sun Belt Conference Tuesday evening in Atlanta (Ga.).  Tonight’s win was the first over a D-1 opponent since Tiny Lassister’s team topped Auburn University 78-54 in 1979.

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(ICYMI #2) SHAW UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH JOEL HOPKINS

(via ShawBears.com | Oct.15, 2019)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University director of athletics Dr. Alfonza L. Carter has announced the resignation of head men’s basketball coach Joel Hopkins.

“I want to thank Coach Hopkins for all he has done to advance the Shaw University men’s basketball program,” said Carter. We certainly wish Coach Hopkins and his family all the best.

This past season, the Bears finished runner-up in the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) men’s basketball tournament title game, its first championship appearance since 2011, a 17-13 overall record and 10-8 mark in the league and a Southern Division title.

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