Butler Basketball takes care of business against Winthrop

In the first round of the NCAA tournament, Butler Basketball came out of the gates focused and dominated the whole game en route to a 76-64 victory over the Winthrop Eagles. Senior sharpshooter Avery Woodson led the charge for the Bulldogs as he shot 6-10 from three-point range for 18 points. The game was pretty one-sided as with just over two minutes to play in the first half...
March 17, 2017  |  Discuss

10 biggest storylines for the first round of NCAA Tournament

College basketball fans are salivating. March Madness has arrived, and two of the best days on the sports calendar are coming up. There are 16 games taking place on Thursday and 16 more on Friday for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.The first two days of March Madness never disappoint, bringing buzzer-beaters, upsets, and shocking drama.The narratives that will unfold over...
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March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 NCAA Tournament matchups to watch

The NCAA Tournament schedule has been announced and preparations for home viewing have already begun. After setting up multiple monitors and logging into every app available, you're all set up to watch the best month of college basketball out of the year. Even with all those channels though, it is still impossible to watch every game at once. Sometimes there's going to be blind spots...
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Giant killers in your 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket

When it comes to the NCAA Tournament, think of top seeds like the upper class and the lower seeds like the working class. When the two get together, the higher ranked teams would love nothing more than for those lower ranked to teams to just lay down and give them an easy route to the Final Four. But where's the fun in that?Rooting for the underdog is one of the best parts of watching...
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Xavier Cooks has first 20/20 game for Winthrop since 2003

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) Xavier Cooks scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds, Keon Johnson added 20 points, and Winthrop beat Longwood 83-63 on Wednesday night for the Eagles 11th road victory. It was Cooks' third straight game with 20-plus points. The last Eagle with a 20/20 game was Tyrone Walker in the 2003-04 season and the school record for rebounds is 23, set...
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February 15, 2017  |  Discuss

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December 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Winthrop wins 47th straight against non-DI opponents

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) Keon Johnson scored 20 points, Tevin Prescott had 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Winthrop beat Division III Greensboro College 106-63 on Tuesday night. Prescott and Roderick Perkins combined to score the first nine points of the game and Winthrop never trailed. Their lead ballooned to 54-26 at halftime, led by Johnson's 12 points and Prescott...
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December 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Winthrop squeaks by Furman on last-second three in overtime

Winthrop heads back on defense after a made basket.  (Brian Wilmer/CHD)Brian WilmerFollow @sportsmatters ROCK HILL, S.C. – While storms swirled around outside the arena Wednesday night, it took nearly 45 minutes of game action for lightning to strike for the home team. Winthrop overcame a continual climb to get back into the game in the second half, then got a huge banked-in...
Via College Hoops Digest
December 01, 2016

Broman's 3 in OT lifts Winthrop over Furman 58-57

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) Anders Broman's 3-pointer with three seconds left in overtime lifted Winthrop over Furman 58-57 on Wednesday night in a game that featured nine lead changes and six ties. Trailing 53-50 in OT, Winthrop rallied to a 55-53 lead on Keon Johnson's layup with two minutes left. Devin Sibley tied it with a jumper and Furman led 57-55 on Daniel Fowler's jumper with...
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November 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Johnson scores 38, Winthrop upsets Illinois 84-80 in OT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Deon Johnson scored 38 points and Winthrop upset Illinois 84-80 in overtime on Monday night. Johnson, who missed Friday's game against Florida State due to a foot injury, helped Winthrop win its first-ever matchup against Illinois. The Eagles held the lead for only 29 seconds before forcing overtime. Tevin Prescott had two dunks and Johnson made a layup during...
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November 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Most likely Cinderella teams of the 2017 NCAA Tournament

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November 14, 2016  |  Discuss

SMU head coach Larry Brown resigns

SMU men’s basketball coach Larry Brown is stepping down from his position, according to a report by CBS.  The legendary 75-year-old coach is reportedly resigning from his position as a result of the Mustangs program not willing to give him a long-term contract moving forward.  Brown has been at SMU since 2012, winning 25-plus games in each of the last three seasons and making...
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July 08, 2016  |  Discuss

UNC Asheville Wins Big South Championship On Another Strong Defensive Effort

UNC Asheville holds the Big South Conference championship trophy after defeating Winthrop 77-68 Sunday.  (Ben McKeown/AP)Brian Wilmer Follow @sportsmatters BUIES CREEK, N.C. – To most observers, the story is pretty straightforward.  Winthrop lost their third-straight Big South Conference championship game.  UNC Asheville trailed for much of the first half, but used their...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Winthrop Withstands Furious Asheville Rally, Wrests Control Atop Big South

Winthrop senior center Zach Price (25) embraces his coach, Pat Kelsey, on Senior Day.  (Brian Wilmer/CHD)Brian Wilmer Follow @sportsmatters  ROCK HILL, S.C. – A song from the 1960s once lamented about one being the loneliest number.  For UNC Asheville and Winthrop, it’s also a fairly common number. Asheville came back from a 23-point second-half deficit to knock off Winthrop...
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February 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Winthrop Holds Off Hard-Charging Longwood, 88-80

Winthrop guard Jimmy Gavin (44) knocks down a fallaway jumper.  (Brian Wilmer/CHD)Brian Wilmer Follow @sportsmatters ROCK HILL, S.C. – The scoreboard said one thing Thursday night.  Longwood coach Jayson Gee said another. “I consider this not a loss, but a setback,” Gee told the media following his team’s game against Winthrop.  “We look at a setback as something...
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February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Winthrop Continues Winning Streak in 87-77 Battle with Radford

Winthrop center Duby Okeke throws down a dunk against Radford.  (Brian Wilmer/CHD)Brian WilmerFollow @sportsmatters ROCK HILL, S.C. – It’s good to have options. Winthrop guard Keon Johnson scored 36 points in the Eagles’ Wednesday victory over Charleston Southern.  The diminutive junior only hit two baskets in Saturday’s contest, but one of them might have been the...
Via College Hoops Digest
January 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Winthrop cruises past Longwood 82-68

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) Xavier Cooks scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made five assists and Winthrop ran away from Longwood in the first half to win 82-68 on Sunday. Jimmy Gavin scored 16 points with five assists and Keon Johnson scored 13. Zach Price added 10 points and the Eagles (14-6, 6-3 Big South) shot 53 percent, including 10 of 25 from long distance, in winning their...
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January 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Winthrop Gets Back On The Winning Track Against Ferrum, 81-63

Winthrop's Josh Davenport (42) attempts a shot in Monday's game against Ferrum.  (Brian Wilmer/CHD)Brian Wilmer Follow @sportsmatters ROCK HILL, S.C. – While one South Carolina team tuned up for a chance at a national title, another had the opportunity to right the ship.  Mission accomplished. Winthrop snapped a three-game losing streak – even managing to conquer a few of...
Via College Hoops Digest
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Hot-shooting Winthrop cruises past Div. III Ferrum, 81-63

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) Jimmy Gavin scored 19 points and Winthrop shot its way past NCAA Division III Ferrum, 81-63 in a non-conference game Monday night. The Eagles shot 56.1 percent (32 of 57) from the field against the Panthers, hitting half of their 18 shots from distance, and were 8 of 11 from the line. No starter played more than 26 minutes and the team went deep into its bench...
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January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Winthrop Runs Past Alabama State, 92-84

Winthrop center Zach Price wins the game's opening tip.  (Brian Wilmer)Brian WilmerFollow @sportsmatters ROCK HILL, S.C. – With Christmas break approaching for Winthrop’s players, it would be easy to understand why there may have been such a hurry during Tuesday’s game.  Of course, the frenetic pace may have been just right for coach Pat Kelsey’s “fun-and-gun” offense...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Winthrop turns back Alabama State 92-84

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) Jimmy Gavin scored 23 points and Zach Price had 19 and Winthrop used a big advantage at the foul line to defeat Alabama State 92-84 on Tuesday. Keon Johnson added 14 points, Xavier Cooks had 13 and 10 rebounds and Roderick Perkins 12 points for the Eagles (8-3), who made 16 of 20 free throws in the second half. The Hornets (4-7) also had all five starters...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Winthrop Fends Off Presbyterian, 74-70

Winthrop center Duby Okeke was one of five Eagles in double figures in Saturday's victory.  ( WilmerFollow @sportsmatters ROCK HILL, S.C. – 2-0 is 2-0, no matter how it happens.  Winthrop and Presbyterian battled from the opening whistle to the final horn at Winthrop Coliseum Saturday, in a contest that featured 68 free throw attempts, 53 fouls, 13...
Via College Hoops Digest
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Cal Poly, Eastern Washington offenses in spotlight

Cal Poly has the FCS' top rushing offense and the Big Sky's leading rusher in quarterback Chris Brown. It is no secret that the Mustangs like to run the football and that poses a problem to Eastern Washington, which has been shredded on the ground defensively. However, the Eagles have a potent offense of their own, boasting the nation's top air attack. And as luck would have it,...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

SMU banned from postseason in 2015-16, Brown suspended

Update: According to new reports, Brown is actually suspended for 30 percent of the season’s games.  Earlier: SMU’s men’s basketball program has been hit with a postseason ban for 2015-16 and its coach, Larry Brown, has been suspended for 10 percent of the season’s games, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.  The NCAA has finished its investigation into the Mustangs’...
Via College Spun
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Winthrop Earns Return Trip To Big South Tournament Championship - 2015 Big South Championships

Keon Moore scored 14 in the Eagles' semifinal victory. ( Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersCONWAY, S.C. -- Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey often refers to these types of games as “tractor pulls”.  His Eagles have found themselves in physical slogs at times during the 2014-15 season, where they have needed to grind out a hard-fought victory.  Saturday was no exception.Winthrop...
Via College Hoops Digest
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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