GAME NOTES: UWF men’s basketball takes on Valdosta State

first_imgGAME NOTES: UWF men’s basketball takes on Valdosta State Jason Laatsch averages 8.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game off the bench this season (photo by Bill Stockland) Sharecenter_img    PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida men’s basketball team returns to the UWF Field House to defend its strong 6-1 home record this weekend against Gulf South Conference opponent Valdosta State. The Argonauts host the Blazers Saturday at 4 p.m. CT in their only game of the week.  Live Coverage:Live video and stats2012-13 Game Notes:1/18 vs. Valdosta State1/9 @ West Alabama, West Georgia 1/2 vs. Shorter, Alabama-Huntsville12/17 vs. St. Mary’s, Central Washington 12/7 @ Montevallo 11/21 vs. Albany State, Tuskegee 11/9 vs. Palm Beach Atlantic, Georgia CollegeConnole Spearheads Argos against West AlabamaIn West Florida’s narrow overtime loss to GSC foe West Alabama on the road, Peter Connole stepped up as the leader in points, rebounds and assists, the first time in his career to do so. He had 15 points going 6-of-14 from the field and 2-of-6 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed a team-high-tying six rebounds – all defensive – and led all players on the floor with four assists. Outshooting the OpponentsDespite losing both games, the Argonauts outshot both the Tigers and the Wolves on their home courts. West Florida shot a strong 56.9 percent from the field to West Alabama’s 41.8 percent, and edged West Georgia in efficiency 36.7 percent to 35.6 percent. For the season, the Argos are averaging 47.8 percent shooting while their opponents are at 44.5 percent. Leaders in the GSCAs a team, the Argonauts lead the GSC in offensive rebound percentage with 39.0. Individually, Ellis Young III ranks third in the GSC with 18.2 points per game, and he’s also fourth in the league with a 58.2 field goal percentage.  Young actually trails Argonaut teammate Sean Voss in efficiency, as Voss is second in the GSC with a 59.5 field goal percentage. Young also tops the stats defensively in blocks with 1.64 per game which ranks third. Strong at HomeWest Florida started out the season with six consecutive wins in the UWF Field House before barely falling to then No. 3 Alabama-Huntsville 78-75 on Jan. 5. Even then the Argos had the final possession, and Terrance Beasley’s 3-point attempt rimmed out with three seconds remaining. The Argonauts will look to protect their home record of 6-1 and get back on the winning side of the equation against Valdosta State. This Week’s OpponentsValdosta StateThe Blazers head into Saturday with a 10-4 overall record after entering conference play undefeated and compiling a 2-4 GSC mark from that point. Valdosta State ranks sixth overall in league standings after splitting with West Georgia and West Alabama last week, their win coming against the Tigers 91-88. They bring a winning 3-2 away record to Pensacola. The entire Blazer starting lineup averages double-digits in scoring, led by James Anacreon’s 16.9 points per game. Josh Sparks leads the defense and is second in the GSC in rebounds, averaging 9.8 per game.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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