JUCO Action Opens Up

The 2003-04 college basketball season got underway last weekend with action in the JUCO ranks.

Bronx-Monroe, ranked 10th nationally in the preseason by the NJCAA and 19th by Street and Smith's, had a rough opening weekend at the Gulf Coast Classic in Florida, dropping successive games to #5 Georgia Permeter (98-79) and host Gulf Coast (99-85). Garfield Johns scored a team-high 18 points in his debut against GPC, while Willie Barnhill added 14 for the Mustangs.

Rodney Epperson had a successful debut for Midland (TX) after transferring from Barton (KS). The St. John's commit scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first half as the Chaparrals routed Rose State (OK) 105-73 in the first round of the Midland Classic. Epperson added 17 points the next day as the host team downed Lee (TX) 73-59.

Another St. John's recruit, Jermaine Maybank, tallied 16 points (6-of-10 field goals) and 11 rebounds as ndependence (KS) routed Wolves Academy 81-49. Jason Stamper added 13 points and 16 rebounds for Indy.

Kareem Lloyd went a perfect 12-for-12 from the floor and finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead New Mexico (2-0) over host Western Oklahoma 75-63.

Adrian Uter, the Hofstra commit who led the nation in rebounding as a freshmen last season, poured in 30 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for Broward (FL) in a 67-66 loss to Abraham Baldwin (GA) in the final of the Santa Fe (FL) Tip-Off Tournament. Chris Bernard and Brian Williams added 13 points apiece for Broward (1-1). A day earlier, Broward defeated Spartanburg Methodist (SC) 82-70, getting 11 points each from Bernard and Jenar Harrison and 10 points apiece from Uter (with 11 rebounds) and Kison Walters.

In other opening weekend results, #3 San Jacinto (TX) swept a pair in their San Jacinto Classic. Jihad Muhammad tallied 11 points and 6 assists in an 87-70 triumph over Delgado (LA) and Rashad Robinson had 16 points with 8
rebounds in a 70-42 rout of Southern-Shreveport (LA). . . Norman Simmons scored 14 points for Blinn (TX) in an 82-74 overtime defeat by Southern-Shreveport (LA). . . Julius Ashby scored 15 points for Marshalltown (IA) in an 82-76 loss to host State Fair (MO) in the McDonald's Classic.

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