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 Butler...
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

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

Most likely Cinderella teams of the 2017 NCAA Tournament

Most likely Cinderella teams of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
November 14, 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 trademark...
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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 that you...
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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 biggest bucket...
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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 the...
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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. Whatever...
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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 ties...
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December 06, 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...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Winthrop Edges Radford In Quarterfinal Battle - 2015 Big South Championships

Winthrop freshman Xavier Cooks contributed a key basket in his team's victory. ( Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersCONWAY, S.C. -- The events that unfolded over the course of Radford and Winthrop’s third meeting in the 2014-15 season had to feel all too familiar.  Radford won both outings by eight and seven, respectively, but as one might expect, the margin between the...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Big South Wednesday: Winthrop Cruises Over UNC-Asheville 91-70

By Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersROCK HILL, S.C. -- Those who follow Big South basketball likely recall the classic matchups between Winthrop and UNC Asheville last year.  Winthrop came back from 11 down with 1:24 remaining to beat the Bulldogs in overtime in Rock Hill last season, before taking home another late-game, 80-79 victory in the conference semifinals. No such buzzer-beating...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Big South Wednesday: Winthrop Throttles Liberty 74-61

Keon Moore Had 18 Points For Winthrop/heraldonline.comby Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersROCK HILL, S.C. -- To the uninitiated, Winthrop’s matchup on Wednesday probably could not have been more favorable.  You see, the Eagles were playing their fourth game in seven days, and Liberty came into the contest having lost each of their prior ten conference outings.Not so fast.Despite a first...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Big South Monday: Winthrop Dominates Charleston Southern 77-55

Keon Moore Had 19 Points for Winthrop/heraldonline.comby Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersROCK HILL, S.C. -- This season in the Big South Conference has been about as unpredictable as any in recent memory.  Close games and late dramatics have been the order of the day.In a crazy season, though, few could have expected the result on the scoreboard in Rock Hill on Monday night.Playing to...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Rock Hill Pride: Home Crowd Motivates Winthrop to a Win Over Campbell, 71-63

Winthrop's Keon Moore had 18 Points Saturday/hearldonline.comby Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersROCK HILL, S.C. -- His team had just pulled out a 71-63 comeback victory over Campbell -- the 600th in the program’s history -- but Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey was only interested in talking about one thing after the contest.“I think the story of the game, and the second story and the third story...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Big South Tuesday: Winthrop Routs Mars Hill 96-51

Keon Moore Had 17 points in Winthrop's Rout/bigsouthsports.comby Brian Wilmer@sportsmatters ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Tuesday was a day of studying at Winthrop, as students prepared for exams.  The coach on the opposing sidelines in Winthrop Coliseum has taken a few tests of his own against Big South competition.  Mars Hill University coach Rick Scruggs coached for 14 seasons at Gardner...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Big South Monday: Winthrop Gets Revenge, Bests Savannah State 68-47

Jarad Scott (L) Notched a Career High 15 Points/independentmail.comby Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersROCK HILL, S.C. -- As the old saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt.  Playing a team twice in eleven days would certainly qualify.  Just ask Savannah State and Winthrop.The Tigers took round one in the Hostess City, 59-58, on November 20th.  A three-point play by SSU’s Terel Hall with...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Big South Monday: East Tennessee Defeats Winthrop in a Thrilling Comeback 69-64

Lester Wilson/etsubucs.comby Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersROCK HILL, S.C. -- East Tennessee State coach Murry Bartow seemed skeptical coming into Winthrop Coliseum Monday night, despite the fact his team had scored 98 points in a Saturday victory over fellow Big South opponent UNC Asheville.“I’m concerned with the Winthrop game.  The thing that Winthrop does, they defend better,” Bartow...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Big South Tournament: Winthrop Advances on Buzzer Beater

CONWAY, S.C. -- Some people wait a season for redemption.  Some even wait a lifetime.  Winthrop’s Andre Smith waited 14 seconds.Those 14 seconds, however, were among the most exciting the Big South Conference has produced all year, as Smith’s Winthrop club defeated top-seeded High Point 62-60 in Big South Tournament quarterfinal action.After Smith missed the front end of a one-and...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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