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