CSU men 2-0; Welch leads Lady Gamecocks

  • Friday, November 15, 2013

Photo Provided Former Goose Creek High School basketball standouts N’Dea Bryant (left) and Aleighsa Welch (right), shown here at a youth basketball camp this summer with camper Adam Baldwin, recently began their college seasons on the hardwood. Welch plays at USC and Bryant at UNC.

The Charleston Southern men’s basketball team is off to a 2-0 start with a pair of contrasting victories in the first week of the season.

On Sunday, the Buccaneers edged Delaware 95-93 on the road. Two days earlier, CSU coasted past Johnson 130-51 in the Buc Dome.

All-conference guard Saah Nimley had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the win over Delaware.

Senior Matt Kennedy tallied a career-high 14 points, while Cedrick Bowen, Will Saunders, Sheldon Strickland and Arlon Harper all reached double digits.

CSU returns home to take on UNC Wilmington on Wednesday.

Against Johnson, CSU made its first 10 shots and led 77-29 at halftime.

Bowen led five players in double figures with a career-high 20 points and added a career-best 10 rebounds. Strickland was right behind Bowen with 18 points. Malcolm Bernard and Kennedy had 16 and 13 points respectively.

• Former Goose Creek Lady Gators star Aleighsa Welch is off to a hot start for the nationally-ranked USC women’s basketball team.

On Sunday, the junior forward led the No. 21 Lady Gamecocks with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 68-45 victory over Louisiana Tech. Two days earlier, she scored 15 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds in a 99-29 victory over Charleston Southern.

Welch and the Lady Gamecocks host College of Charleston on Thursday.

• Welch’s former GCHS teammate N’Dea Bryant is a sophomore guard at the University of North Carolina. She began her season with two points, two assists and five rebounds in an 87-26 victory over Air Force last week.

The Lady Tar Heels are ranked 12th in the country.

South Carolina and North Carolina will meet Dec. 18 in Myrtle Beach.

• USC Aiken senior guard Devontae Wright, formerly of GCHS and The Citadel, is one of the top players for the No. 7 Pacers (in NCAA Div. II).

He helped lead USC Aiken to two wins in the Mayaguez Basketball Classic over the weekend in Puerto Rico. In the last of three games, he had six points, six assists and 10 rebounds in an 84-46 win over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.

Before the regular season began, he shined in exhibitions against Southeastern Conference schools Ole Miss and South Carolina. The Pacers lost to Ole Miss 75-70 in overtime and 84-72 to USC.

Wright had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists against the Rebels then tallied nine points, four rebounds and two steals against the Gamecocks.

• Former Goose Creek center Jacob Carson is now at Spartanburg Methodist College after a redshirt year at North Carolina A&T.

He’s played in three games this season and averages 1.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Pioneers.

• Former Stratford standout Tiffany Addison is now a member of the USC Aiken basketball team after a year at Arkansas-Fort Smith. She’s started both games so far for the Lady Pacers and is yet to score but has seven assists and five rebounds in games against Anderson and Mount Olive.

• Citadel sophomore Rae Robinson, who starred at GCHS, had six points, four assists and three rebounds in losses to VMI and Army over the weekend.

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