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March 11th, 2011
Tougaloo Finishes at #11, Gets 12th Seed in NAIA National Tournament
Tougaloo, MS - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently announced the final Division I Men's Top 25 Coaches Poll, as well as, the bracket for the 2011 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. The Bulldogs finished the poll ranked #11, the highest the school has ever been ranked in the poll.
The Bulldogs (27-4) recently clinched the GCAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship in Jacksonville, FL with a 93-80 overtime win over #17 Xavier University. With the win, the Bulldogs automatically qualified for the NAIA Tournament. On last night, the NAIA released the 2011 tournament bracket for the National Tournament. The bracket is a 32-team bracket, with the top 16 teams receiving seeds. The Bulldogs were seeded 12th and will take on Emmanuel College (GA) on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 4:30 P.M. in the first round of the tournament.
Emmanuel (26-7) is ranked #21 and qualified for the tournament after winning the Southern State Athletic Conference Tournament. This will be the first meeting of the Bulldogs and Emmanuel College. This is only Emmanuel's second appearance at the tournament, with a record of 0-1. However, this will be the Bulldogs' fourth appearance, with a record of 1-3. The Bulldogs made their first appearance in the 2007 NAIA Tournament when they won the school's first GCAC Regular Season Championship. Since then, the Bulldogs have appeared in the 2009 and 2010 NAIA Tournaments. In the 2009 tournament, the Bulldogs made it to the Sweet Sixteen, after beating Fresno Pacific in the first round. In the Sweet Sixteen, the Bulldogs were put out by Robert Morris College. Last year, the Bulldogs lost to Southern Nazarene University in the first round.
The Bulldogs will go into the tournament with only seven players, known as the Super 7. Since having seven players, the Bulldogs have had a 14-1 record, with their only loss at the hands of Xavier University on January 22, 2011 in New Orleans. The Bulldogs have won 12 straight since then.
The Bulldogs have worked very hard this season and looks forward to having the opportunity to bring home the Bulldogs' first national title.
March 10th, 2011
Congratulations to the Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs, and Coach Lafayette Stribling
On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, the Tougaloo College Men's and Women's Basketball teams traveled to Jacksonville, FL for the 2011 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament hosted by Edward Waters College. On Wednesday night, the teams attended a banquet, during which the conference would announce the All-Conference teams. For the Lady Bulldogs, Erica Grayson and Victoria Jones were selected to the Women's All-Conference Team and Portia Craft received GCAC Co-Freshman of the Year. For the Bulldogs, Mario Luckett and Marquise Mems were selected to the Men's All-Conference Team. Marquise Mems received GCAC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, Kadon Day received GCAC Freshman of the Year, and Head Coach Lafayette Stribling received GCAC Coach of the Year.
On Thursday, the #3 seeded Lady Bulldogs would kick off the GCAC Tournament Quarterfinals against the #6 seed Fisk University. The Lady Bulldogs played at 12 noon. The Lady Bulldogs knocked off Fisk 84-59 to advance to the GCAC Semifinals against #2 seed Southern University of New Orleans. The Bulldogs would receive a bye because they were the #1 seed in the tournament.
On Friday, the Lady Bulldogs would take on the Lady Knights at 12 noon. This would be the game of the century, as it came down to the wire. With 9.2 seconds left in the game, the Lady Knights were up 67-65, and the Lady Bulldogs had possession of the ball. Erica Grayson would drive the ball inside for the basket and she would get fouled. With the score tied with 5 seconds remaining, Grayson hits the winning free throw to give the Lady Bulldogs the 68-67 edge over the Lady Knights to advance to the championship game against #1 seed Xavier University. Leading the Lady Bulldogs was Victoria Jones with 27 points and 19 rebounds. Portia Craft tacked in 15 points and Grayson ended the day with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Later that evening, the Bulldogs would be in action against the homestanding #4 seed Tigers of Edward Waters College. This game would be a nail-biter as well, as the Tigers of Edward Waters would make a run to come back, but the Bulldogs would hold on and escape with the 69-67 win to advance to the championship game against #2 seed Xavier University. Leading the Bulldogs was freshman of the year Kadon Day with 20 points. Marquise Mems tacked in 13 points, Mario Luckett chipped in 12 points and Juan Gray added 10 points.
On Championship Saturday, it would be the Lady Bulldogs against the Gold Nuggets. This would be the first time in at least eight years that the Lady Bulldogs would play in the championship game. The Lady Bulldogs would try to defeat the Gold Nuggets, but the Gold Nuggets was just too strong for the Lady Bulldogs and the Gold Nuggets defeat the Lady Bulldogs 71-44 to win the GCAC Championship. The Lady Bulldogs would be the runner-ups. During the awards ceremony, head coach Yolanda Brown would go out to accept the runner-up trophy for the Lady Bulldogs. Victoria Jones would make the All-Tournament team. After the women's championship game, the Bulldogs and the Gold Rush would face off for the Men's GCAC Championship. The Bulldogs would jump off to the early lead and take a 39-32 halftime lead, but in the second half, the Gold Rush would make an 8-0 run to take the lead from the Bulldogs, but not for long. The game would continue to go back and forward and with seconds left in the game and the Gold Rush down 72-69, Michael Harvey of the Gold Rush would shoot the three pointer to take the game into overtime. In the extra period, it would be all Bulldogs, as they would secure the win, outscoring the Gold Rush 21-8 in the final period. Leading the Bulldogs was Kadon Day with 32 points. Marquise Mems tacked in 18 points, James Carter chipped in 14 points, and Donteeno Todd added 11 points. With the win, the Bulldogs advance to 27-4 and secure an automatic bid in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, MO. GCAC Player of the Year Marquise Mems and GCAC Freshman of the Year Kadon Day were selected to the All-Tournament team. Day was also selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The final poll and the seeding for the national tournament will be announced on March 9, 2011.
Let's congratulate the Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs and Coach Stribling on their success in the GCAC Conference and continue to support the Bulldogs in their efforts to bring home the NAIA Championship next week.
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