Virginia State’s Lonnie Blow Jr. Named 2018-2019 Gaines Award Recipient

From theciaa.com: Courtesy of National Sports Media Association WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 26, 2019) — The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) has announced that Kelvin Sampson (Division I) and Lonnie Blow Jr. (Division II) are the 2018-19 winners of the Clarence “Big House” Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year Awards. The Gaines Awards will be presented during the 60th annual NSMA Awards Banquet on June 24, 2019, at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. Sampson was selected after he led the University of Houston to a 33-4 overall…

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UMES hires Jason Crafton as Men’s Basketball Coach

From meacsports.com : PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Jason Crafton, a young but experienced coach with stints at several levels including most recently the NBA G-League, has been hired to lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team. The 16-year-veteran of coaching spent this past season in the NBA ranks as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers’ G-League affiliate Delaware Blue Coats. Prior to that, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Nyack College from 2012-18. He spent the beginning of his career as an assistant at…

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Amir Hinton named to NCAA DII First Team All-American and Bulletin Player of the Year

From theciaa.com: RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University junior Amir Hinton was selected to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II First Team All-American Team, announced Wednesday. In addition, the Philadelphia, PA native was recently named the 2019 Division II Bulletin Player of the Year. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) standout who declared for the NBA draft last month posted the nation’s highest scoring average (29.4 ppg) while leading DII in free throws made (321) and ranking second in total points (853). He also averaged 4.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game while…

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Kwanza Murray and Darrell Mosley earn ECAC Division II basketball major awards

by Lions Sports Information Department Lincoln University women’s basketball player Kwanza Murray and women’s basketball Head Coach Darrell Mosley earned major awards as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced their Division II Women’s Basketball All-Star and Major Award Winners on Tuesday. Murray was named the ECAC Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Year while Mosley earned ECAC Division II Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year honors.  It marks the first time in the Lions’ NCAA Division II era that the women’s basketball program has had a player or coach earn…

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Shaw’s Amir Hinton named to NABC Coaches’ All-American Team

From theciaa.com : KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 26, 2019) — The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the 2019 NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America team. Just one day after being named to their All-Atlantic Region team, Shaw University junior Amir Hinton was one of 16 players to be named to the 2019 All-American team.  Hinton, a 6-5 guard, led the nation in scoring at 29.4 points per game during 2018-19 season when he was named the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Player of the Year. The All-CIAA selection was also named to the All-Tournament…

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Virginia Union’s season ended by Indiana (PA) in NCAA second round

From Virginia Union Sports Information: Virginia Union University’s Jasmine Carter had a double-double while teammate Rejoice Spivey scored 20 points, but Indiana University of Pennsylvania defeated the Lady Panthers 66-58 in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 16, in Glenville, W.V. Carter scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the game.  It was the 10th double-double of the season for Carter. “I was really excited about playing IUP, which is a really good team,” said VUU Head Coach AnnMarie Gilbert.  “They execute well and have…

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Virginia State wins Men’s CIAA Basketball Tournament

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – Virginia State University held off a strong second half rally to defeat the Shaw Bears, 77-66, in the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s Basketball Championship game Saturday afternoon at the Spectrum Center. The Bears battled to turn a 31-point second half deficit into single-digits but their rally fell short despite a game-high 34 points from Junior Amir Hinton, who also finished with five rebounds, five steals and three assists. Junior DaVaughn Kelsie added 17 points and freshman Geremy Taylor chipped in 12 points and four…

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Virginia Union’s Rejoice Spivey wins Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for Women’s Basketball

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – Virginia Union University guard Rejoice Spivey has been named the winner of the 2018-19 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for women’s basketball. The award, chosen by a combination of votes from CIAA women’s basketball coaches, CIAA media and fans, is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in CIAA women’s basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed to their…

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Saint Augustine’s Tyre Gathright named Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award for Men’s Basketball

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – All-CIAA guard Tyre Gathright from Saint Augustine’s University has been named the winner of the 2018-19 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for men’s basketball. The award, chosen by a combination of votes from CIAA men’s basketball coaches, CIAA media and fans, is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in CIAA men’s basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed…

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Virginia Union smokes Fayetteville State to win second consecutive CIAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

From theciaa.com : Bob Heller contributed to this story Charlotte, NC (March 2, 2019) – Shareka McNeill broke the CIAA Tournament scoring record with a 37-point effort as Virginia Union University won its second consecutive CIAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 75-41 win over Fayetteville State Saturday afternoon at the Spectrum Center. With the win, the Panthers (27-2) receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament where the team is expecting to be the #1 seed in the Atlantic Region. The back-to-back championships are the Panthers’ first since they…

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