BALTIMORE - Gus Stone’s been hot throughout the first part of this season, and that helped the Prince George’s Community College men’s basketball team score a victory last week.
Stone finished with 21 points in the Owls’ 66-64 win over the St. Mary’s JV team last Thursday. Now, the sophomore has scored at least 20 points in a game 11 times this season and four times in his previous five games.
Kennith Ford scored 15 points in the PGCC victory while Mykal Johnson added 12 points, six rebounds plus five assists. James Hagins finished with four points but pulled down 12 rebounds and four blocks.
The game was close throughout, tied at 28 at halftime before the Owls did just enough in the second half to pull out the win. Up next for PGCC is a game on Friday at Anne Arundel Community College at 7 p.m.
The women also get back to the court on Friday, at AACC at 5 p.m. in the first stint of a doubleheader. They last played on Dec. 20, losing to Montgomery College, 81-58.
FORMER DEMATHA GUARDS SPARKS UMBC
Jairus Lyles, who played at DeMatha, is UMBC’s leading scorer after the Retrievers finished the non-conference part of their schedule.
Lyles, who missed a few games, was averaging 21.4 points per game as UMBC had a 9-5 record before getting ready to begin America East action this week.
He’s been one of the team’s most dependable players on offense since coming to the school, and UMBC will need him again this season.
He finished with a game-high 17 points in the team’s 85-41 rout of Centenary this past Sunday at home. Lyles gives UMBC help in a lot of ways, especially with the run-and-gun style of play that the team uses under second-year coach Ryan Odom.
DIXON STILL LOOKING FOR FIRST COPPIN WIN
First-year Coppin State men’s basketball coach Juan Dixon, who led Maryland to a national title 15 years ago, saw his Eagles start the season 0-15 in the non-conference part of their schedule.
It's likely that Dixon could pick up his first win this week when the Eagles start the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference part of their schedule.
Coppin State played well in some of the non-conference games, and it will be interesting to see how the Eagles fare in the MEAC under Dixon.