HPU’s Brown earns Big South Freshman of the Year
John Brown has been named Big South Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Conference, one of three High Point University men’s basketball players to earn accolades in an announcement by the Big South on Sunday. Graduate student Allan Chaney was named to the All-Conference second team and Adam Weary was named All-Freshman.
Brown (Jacksonville, Fla.) was a near-unanimous selection for Big South Freshman of the Year, earning 26 of 29 possible first-place votes. He is just the second freshman ever named to the All-Conference first team and was also named to the All-Freshman team. Brown was the Big South’s top scoring freshman during the regular-season at 16.4 points per game and he entered the final week of the regular-season as the nation’s fifth-leading freshman scorer. He stands third in the Big South in field goal percentage (51.9), sixth in block shots (1.21), eighth in steals (1.71) and 13th in rebounding (6.1).
Brown is sidelined for the rest of the season by injury.
Chaney (Baltimore, Md.) was High Point’s leader in both scoring and rebounding in Big South games, averaging 14.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg in league games. In overall games, Chaney ranked 12th in Big South scoring (14.4 ppg), fifth in rebounding (7.9 rpg), fourth in field-goal percentage (51.7), fifth in blocks per game (1.25) and seventh in free-throw percentage (81.7).
Weary (Memphis, Tenn.) was the No. 3 freshman scorer in the Big South in overall games (10 ppg) and league games (11.4 ppg). He started 24 games, scored in double-digits 18 times and was named Big South Freshman of the Week once.
High Point is the No. 1 North seed in the Big South Tournament this week. HPU earned a bye out of Tuesday’s first-round games and will open on Thursday night around 8.
PRESBYTERIAN BASEBALL SWEEPS HPU
CLINTON, S.C. — The High Point University baseball team lost to Presbyterian College 4-1 in a tight pitchers dual on Sunday afternoon. Senior Jared Avidon pitched into the eighth inning and struck out a season-high six for the Panthers.
HPU took the first lead of the game in the fourth inning on an RBI single by freshman Brett Gemmell.
Avidon took the loss for HPU despite a strong start by the senior. The right hander pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks. The six strikeouts by Avidon was the most in a game for the senior since striking out six against Gardner-Webb on March 25, 2011.
LATE GOAL LIFTS OREGON OVER HPU IN WOMEN’S LACROSSE
EUGENE, Ore. — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Oregon late Saturday evening. The Ducks scored the game-winner with 4.8 seconds left. Junior attacker Mackenzie Carroll scored twice for the Panthers.
High Point led by two goals at halftime and, when trailing 6-5, got a goal from junior Alec Perry to tie the game with 5:23 to go. After a timeout with 2:55 to go, Oregon possessed the ball the rest of the way and the Ducks’ Carly O’Connell scored in the closing seconds.
It was Carroll’s third multi-point game in a row and she also had a ground ball and a caused turnover. Jasmine Jordan had three draw controls and two ground balls in addition to her goal. Grace Gaeng’s two assists came on the heels of her hat trick against American last week. HPU goalie Anna Wallingford finished with six saves.
High Point continues its road trip at Denver today at 3 p.m. (Eastern).
HPU WOMEN’S GOLF SHARES 16TH
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — High Point University’s women’s golf team shares 16th place at 316 following the first round of the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate on Sunday.
College of Charleston leads at 292, followed by Campbell at 301 and Troy and Daytona State at 302.
For the Panthers, Grier Bennett and Casey Ward carded 77, Tan Cheeranont shot 79, Jessica Neese shot 83 and Audra McShane shot 84. Two golfers share the overall individual lead at 70. The event concludes today.