February 16, 2020 SAVVY SENIORS: Morgan State’s Stanley Davis, Troy Baxter and David Syfax Jr. have collectively accounted for 45 percent of all Bears points this season, although the trio’s production has fallen to 28 percent over the last five games.STEPPING IT UP: The Bulldogs have scored 74.3 points per game against MEAC opponents so far, an improvement from the 63.5 per game they recorded against non-conference opponents.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Rayshawn Neal has been directly responsible for 41 percent of all South Carolina State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 20 field goals and 14 assists in those games.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Bears have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Bulldogs. South Carolina State has 32 assists on 83 field goals (38.6 percent) across its previous three games while Morgan State has assists on 29 of 57 field goals (50.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Morgan State is ranked first among MEAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 34.2 percent. The Bears have averaged 12.6 offensive boards per game. SC St. seeks revenge on Morgan State Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMorgan State (13-14, 7-5) vs. South Carolina State (11-12, 6-5)Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina; Monday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Morgan State goes for the season sweep over South Carolina State after winning the previous matchup in Baltimore. The teams last met on Jan. 6, when the Bears outshot South Carolina State from the field 45.8 percent to 36.7 percent and had five fewer turnovers en route to the 77-63 victory. Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
On Saturday, I went to the men’s volleyball game against California Baptist University. It was Senior Night for the Trojans, and I decided to go because I figured it would be the last time I’d get to see one of the greatest setters in the game play in cardinal and gold. The way the team and the fans celebrated Micah was one of the most palpable emotions I’ve ever experienced.Senior Night made me think about some of the other incredible seniors who will be graduating in 2015. In addition to Micah Christenson, USC will say goodbye to Elizabeth Eddy, Monica Vavic and Garrett Stubbs. That’s not to say the entire class of 2015 won’t be sorely missed, but these four athletes are the ones that have stood out to me in my semester as a sports editor.Christenson led the Trojans as a co-captain for three seasons. In addition to his success at the collegiate level, Christenson has made a name for himself as one of the best setters in the world. Last summer, Christenson was the starting setter for the U.S. Men’s National Team that won an FIVB World League gold medal. He was the only collegian on that team. In 2013, he also served for the national team at the NORCECA Continental Championships and was named as the tournament’s Best Server and Best Setter. Next summer, he will rejoin the men’s national team in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics.Christenson will graduate with a degree in human biology. His leadership and skill will be big shoes to fill for the men’s volleyball team next season.Eddy is one of the most talented Women of Troy to play for USC. She excelled in not only one, but two sports during her time at USC. Eddy’s natural athletic ability has brought her success in soccer as well as lacrosse. Her athleticism allowed room for versatility on the soccer pitch, as Eddy has played nearly every position for the Women of Troy, aside from keeper.Though she was recruited for soccer, Eddy’s love for sports compelled her to take up lacrosse, and she joined the newly formed women’s lacrosse team. Though new to the sport, Eddy earned MPSF honors for her defensive performance.She will leave USC with a degree in business administration. In January 2014, she was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League draft.Vavic of the women’s water polo team has had an outstanding collegiate career, topped off by a senior season during which she became USC’s all-time leading scorer with 257 career goals. She is the daughter of Jovan Vavic, the head coach of the men’s and women’s water polo teams. Aside from her sheer talent, she is a team leader whom the Women of Troy will miss. Vavic will graduate with a degree in communication.The baseball team is having one of the best seasons in recent years and is poised to go deep into the playoffs. This year, catcher Garrett Stubbs has emerged as a team leader.Stubbs is batting .354 on the season, with the third highest average on the team. When he isn’t hitting, Stubbs is making heads-up plays behind the plate and leading his pitchers and the rest of the team.Last season, the Baseball Draft Report ranked Stubbs as No. 40 on its 2014 MLB Draft College Catcher to Watch list. The baseball team still has a fair number of games to play this season, but behind the leadership of Stubbs, I am confident that the team will go far.Though graduation is less than a month away, these seniors will be a part of the Trojan family forever. Once a Trojan, always a Trojan.Regan Estes is a sophomore majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column “Wild Wild Westes,” runs on Tuesdays.