Lee Basketball No. 4 In NAIA National Poll

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Coach Tommy Brown and his Lee men's basketball will begin the 2008-09 season ranked No. 4 by a panel of coaches representing all the NAIA conferences and independent colleges.

Oklahoma City tops the Division I men’s poll. The two-time defending champions earned six of the possible 11 first-place votes and 273 total points to begin the year No. 1. The Stars are under the direction of OCU rookie head coach Kevin Morrissey. He has a tall task ahead as 80 percent of the scoring is gone, including NAIA First Team All-American Ollie Bailey, from the 31-7 team from a year ago.

Robert Morris (Ill.) checks in at No. 2, just four points behind OCU with 269 total votes. The Eagles notched three first-place votes. RMC finished 28-4 last year and head coach Al Bruehl is expecting big things from transfer, DeAndre Thomas, who arrives from the University of Indiana this fall. No. 3 Mountain State (W.V.) is the national runners-up and went 34-3 last season.

The prize recruit, according to head coach Bob Bolen, is St. Petersburg (Fla.) Community College transfer, Marcus Hunter, who averaged around 23 points last year. The Flames amassed 245 total points in the poll while No. 5 California Baptist rounded out the Top 5 with 244 points.

Coach Brown's team finished the 2007-08 season with an impressive 33-2 record, including road wins over NCAA Division I opponents East Carolina and Mountain State. Brown enjoyed an excellent recruiting year and has his club primed to challenge for another Southern States Athletic Conference title and a fourth- straight trip to the NAIA National Tournament.

His Flames advanced to the Elite Eight last season before falling to the national champions, Oklahoma City. Lee will play an exhibition game at Tusculum College on Saturday and then begin the regular season by hosting rival Tennessee Temple one week from Thursday in Walker Arena.

Georgetown (Ky.), the team that was No. 1 in the 2007-08 final regular season poll, begins the campaign at No. 6 and earning one first-place nod. The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The first regular season Top 25 poll will be announced on Monday, Dec. 1.


Double-A South Standings/Results

Lee Men Win 2-1 In Overtime

Lee Women Improve To 5-0 With Another Shutout


Double-A South Standings/Results (as of games of 9/18/21) North Division Team W L PCT GB Birmingham (CWS) ... (click for more)

Senior Mattia Balzano scored the game-winning goal for another Lee men's soccer overtime victory, 2-1 against conference foes Christian Brothers on a rainy Sunday afternoon from the Ray Conn ... (click for more)

The Lee University women’s soccer team passed its first two tests in Gulf South Conference competition this weekend and will now enter a showdown at rival Mississippi College on Friday (2 p.m.). ... (click for more)



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Double-A South Standings/Results

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Lee Men Win 2-1 In Overtime

Senior Mattia Balzano scored the game-winning goal for another Lee men's soccer overtime victory, 2-1 against conference foes Christian Brothers on a rainy Sunday afternoon from the Ray Conn Sports Complex. After a scoreless first half things picked up in the second 45. CBU's Andres Solares tallied a yellow card in the 62nd minute, and two minutes later grabbed another yellow, ... (click for more)

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