Former Warrior wins Big South honor

Published 9:42 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winthrop senior Andre Jones was voted Big South Player of the Week after scoring 24 points, along with hitting a game-winning three-pointer, in a 59-56 Winthrop victory over Presbyterian on Thursday. Jones is averaging 18.6 points per game, second-best in the Big South for the season. He’s 75 points away from reaching 1,000 career points.

Winthrop guard Andre Jones (Nansemond River) earned the Big South Player of the Week award for his two games as the Eagles went 1-1 in conference play last week.

Jones hit a three-pointer for the winning points in a 59-56 Winthrop win at Presbyterian on Thursday. Jones, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 24 points against the Blue Hose. He followed up with 25 points against Gardner-Webb on Saturday as the Eagles lost 62-60 to the Bulldogs.

Jones, at 18.6 points per game, is second in scoring in the Big South on the season. He’s 75 points away from reaching 1,000 career points.

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Winthrop (2-6, 1-1) hosts Virginia-Wise on Sunday.


No. 16-ranked Marquette beat in-state rival No. 9 Wisconsin 61-54 on Saturday at Wisconsin’s Kohl Arena in Madison.

Sophomore forward Davante Gardner (King’s Fork) tallied eight points and seven boards in 14 minutes for the Golden Eagles (7-0).

Wisconsin beat Marquette in the last two meetings. Marquette played Washington in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.



Old Dominion’s men’s basketball team opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a 69-59 win at Northeastern on Saturday.

ODU forward Nick Wright (Nansemond River) scored 13 points and added three rebounds.

The Monarchs (5-3, 1-0) return to New England to face Fairfield on Friday evening.


During the first MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) basketball action of the season, South Carolina State beat host Norfolk State 75-69 in a women’s game Monday at Echols Hall.


SCSU guard Trinese Fox (Nansemond River) scored 10 points as the Lady Bulldogs went to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in conference.

NSU’s men’s squad started MEAC play with back-to-back wins, edging Savannah State 60-58 on Saturday and beat SCSU 82-67 on Monday. Junior guard Kris Brown (Lakeland) played in both games for the Spartans (6-3, 2-0).

NSU rebounded to start MEAC play well despite a 69-57 loss to Div. II Elizabeth City State last Tuesday in Norfolk.

Senior guard Marquie Cooke (Nansemond River) led the Vikings with 18 points, four steals and three assists. ECSU is 5-2 overall.


Chowan (4-4) rolled over visiting Allen 82-58 on Saturday.

Hawk power forward Quinton McDuffie (Nansemond River) had 15 points and four rebounds and is averaging 14.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Winston-Salem State blitzed through the quarterfinals of the NCAA Div. II football playoffs with a 27-7 win over visiting New Haven on Saturday. WSSU is the first CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) school to reach the national semifinals.

New Haven led 7-6 after a quarter. The Rams scored on a 12-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter and went on to add two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Junior Darryl Freeney (Nansemond River) is a wide receiver for the Rams.

WSSU (13-0) hosts Wayne State of Detroit in a semifinal on Saturday. The winner goes to

the national championship in Florence, Ala. on Dec. 17.