With his team down by as many as 18 points in the first half against South Alabama, Malik Benlevi led Georgia State back for a 90-81 win at GSU Sports Arena on Friday night. With leading scorer D’Marcus Simonds struggling to create offense, the Panthers (18-8, 9-4 Sun Belt) surged in the second half behind team defense and timely shooting.
For coach Greg Frady, last season is in the past. Georgia State’s baseball program finished the 2018 season with a 26-29 (10-19 Sun Belt) record. But it’s a new season for Frady and his team, with his focus on the opportunities of the 2019 season. Frady returns 19 players, nine of which are seniors. Accompanying those 19 are 13 newcomers, including nine freshmen.
After a 2018 season that included a 24-18 start and a 1-12 finish, the question stands: Which Kennesaw State team will emerge in 2019? With the season just over a week from starting, the questions remains unanswered. In the Atlantic Sun preseason coaches poll, the Owls were picked to finish fifth of nine teams.
Coming off back-to-back road losses, the Georgia State Panthers returned to their home court on Wednesday looking for a win. The Panthers (17-8, 8-4 Sun Belt), who have lost only once at GSU Sports Arena this season, beat Troy 77-63. D’Marcus Simonds led Georgia State with 27 points. Simonds set a school record for career field goals with 589.
Is it possible that Phil Mickelson, at 48, is threatening to bump Tom Brady as the coolest coot around? Might he become the alpha ancient now, the new model for how to do old? In looking at the body types of those two, I certainly know which one I can most aspire to. All hail broke loose this week at the AT&T Classic.
Georgia State signed seven players Wednesday on the first day of the spring signing period to complete coach Shawn Elliott’s 2019 recruiting class. After 13 signed during the early signing period in December, Elliott finishes with 20 new players. This will be Elliott’s third season at the helm of the Panthers program.
Coach Brian Bohannon rounded out Kennesaw State’s 2019 recruiting class as four players put pen to paper Wednesday. The Owls follow up an 11-2 season and an FCS playoffs quarterfinals appearance with a class that includes three of its seven best recruits ever, according to 247Sports. “We went out and signed a heck of a class,” Bohannon said.
The Atlanta Legends kick off their inaugural Alliance of American Football season Saturday in Orlando. The Alliance features eight teams with 52-player rosters playing a 10-week regular season schedule beginning Feb. 9, 2019, on CBS, followed by two playoff rounds on CBS and TNT, and culminating with the championship game in Las Vegas on April 27 on CBS.
A tradition like no other, can’t just be copied. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, that’s the message Augusta National Golf Club has related to a British counterpart that has adopted The Masters Tournament’s famed tradition of awarding a green jacket to its winner.
It may not have been the biggest game in Atlanta this weekend, but Georgia State scraped out an 81-72 victory in a back-and-forth battle for statewide Sun Belt basketball bragging rights at GSU Sports Arena on Saturday afternoon. Senior Jeff Thomas wasn’t going to have it any other way.
Shelvick Henry scored 27 points Saturday as Clark Atlanta defeated Atlanta University Center rival Morehouse 68-60 in front of a capacity crowd at Clark Atlanta’s Epps Gymnasium. Jalen Mitchell added 14 points for the Panthers, who improved to 10-9 overall and 7-5 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) with the victory.
The Georgia State Panthers wanted to break their two-game losing streak Saturday. After losing to Texas State on Thursday night on their home court and losing the top spot in the Sun Belt Conference, a win was important. The Panthers did just that. They bounced back from a two-game losing streak Saturday on their home court and secured their sixth conference win.
When they arrived at GSU Sports Arena on Thursday night, Texas State had a bone to pick with Georgia State. By capitalizing on 18 consecutive second-half points, the visiting Bobcats (17-3, 6-1 Sun Belt) handed the Panthers (14-6, 5-2) their second consecutive loss, 81-68, while evening the season series at one apiece.
Morehouse and Clark Atlanta met in a pair of epic battles last season while ranked among the nation’s best in Division II. - Relive Morehouse’s triple OT win at Clark Atlanta from 2018 The Atlanta University Center rivals are set to meet for the first time this season Saturday at Clark Atlanta’s Epps Gymnasium. Morehouse is still among the nation’s best (No.
Amanda Doherty thought she had missed her opportunity to play in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur by three lousy spots. The top 30 players from the United State at the end of 2018 received an automatic exemption to the women’s event at Augusta National Golf Club. And she was No. 33.
Braves great John Smoltz passed Mardy Fish, the favorite and leader the first two days, for the third-round lead in the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions celebrity division Saturday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Smoltz scored 39 points for a Modified Stableford total of 116 at 6,375-yard Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons.
The Morehouse College men’s basketball team moved up to No. 3 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 this week, a jump of four spots. Morehouse (13-1) got 358 points in the NABC poll. The No. 3 ranking is the highest ever by Morehouse in the poll. Morehouse trails only No. 1 Bellarmine (Ky.) No. 2 Northwest Missouri State.
While the trip was “awesome,” Trevor Lawrence did not call the fast-food spread offered by President Trump during Clemson’s visit Monday the “best meal we ever had.” A widely circulated social media meme attributed Lawrence to the quote: “President Trump got all our favorite foods, it was the best meal we ever had.
The 2019 Masters Tournament field stands at 80 players and is likely to stay well below 100 when play starts Thursday, April 11 at Augusta National Golf Club. Last year’s field of 87 players was the smallest in 21 years. The Masters hasn’t broken 100 since 103 players teed up in 1966. The 2015 Masters field came closest with 98 qualifiers.
Down one point with 5.5 seconds to go and needing to go the length of the court, everybody at GSU Sports Arena knew who was getting the ball for Georgia State. D’Marcus Simonds didn’t shy away. The reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year got the ball at half court and went head down to the hoop.
Valdosta State head football coach Kerwin Bell has accepted the offensive coordinator position at the University of South Florida, the school announced Thursday. Bell guided the Blazers to their first undefeated season (14-0) in 2018, and their fourth national championship since 2004.
Junior D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State’s leading scorer, struggled with his 3-point shot for a majority of the game, but responded late to lead Panthers to an 89-76 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday night at the GSU Sports Arena. Simonds was 2-for-7 in 3-point shooting, but finished 9-for-24 overall and made 5 of 8 free throws to end the night with 21 points.
When D’Marcus Simonds was 10 years old, he already had experimented playing football and baseball. He picked up a third sport, basketball, and ran with it. Then in eighth grade, Simonds said knew he wanted to play either college basketball or football. He just had to pick which sport. “I was really good at football. I was really good at basketball,” Simonds said.
For a program that plays under the shadows of Turner Field and the Olympic torch, not to mention the handful of basketball programs across the state that shade its light, it comes as little surprise that the heartbeat of Georgia State’s basketball team is a player who has been counted out far too often.
Malik Benlevi scored 22 points to lead the Georgia State men’s basketball team to a 73-69 victory over host Texas State in a Sun Belt Conference game Saturday night. Georgia State (11-4, 2-0 Sun Belt) won for the sixth time in the past seven games. Benlevi was 8 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, with seven rebounds.
Kennesaw State signed 20 recruits Wednesday on the December edition of national signing day, including quarterback Xavier Shepherd from Nashville, Tenn. Shepherd, 6-foot, 190 pounds, started at quarterback at Pearl-Cohn High School for three seasons and recorded 5,485 passing yards, 1,778 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns during his high school career.
Thirteen players made up Shawn Elliott’s second early-signing day class at Georgia State. He’s tasked with restoring the program to its success from his first season, when the Panthers won their first bowl game, after going a disappointing 2-10 last season. “I think we met some needs,” Elliott said.
Tyler Bass kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give Georgia Southern a 23-21 victory over Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday night in Montgomery, Ala. Shai Werts kept the winning drive alive with a 29-yard scramble on fourth-and-10. Bass came on for his third field goal after Wesley Fields' two runs pushed Georgia Southern (10-3) 7 yards closer.
Ninety-six points were scored in the NCAA Division II championship game Saturday. Two points that weren't scored made the difference. Rogan Wells tied the championship record with five touchdown passes and Valdosta State won its fourth national title with a 49-47 victory over Ferris State in McKinney, Texas.
Morehouse College standouts Ryan Edwards and Antonio Johnson will play in the FAF D1-FCS Senior Scout Bowl Saturday while Kamari Jones-Hunter will participate in the FAF D2 Senior Bowl.Edwards, a tight end, earned All-SIAC first-team honors. He led conference tight ends with 17 catches, 202 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Atlanta United 2 will play its home games in the 2019 USL season at Fifth Third Bank on the campus of Kennesaw State. Atlanta United announced the site on Friday. Atlanta United 2 played its home games during the 2018 season at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.
The Falcons will beat the Cardinals on Sunday, but won’t cover the 9 1/2-point spread. With that out of the way, Weekend Predictions can move on to more important matters. It’s college football bowl season! There are 40 FBS bowl games this season, including the College Football Playoff national championship game. Forget those lame people who say that’s too many.
Bowl games are measured by the swag they give out as much as the matchup. The NCAA allows bowl games to award up to $550 in gifts to 125 members of each participating school. (Additionally, schools and conferences can award participants up $400 for postseason play.) This year’s most gifted gifts, according to Sports Business Journal, are electronics.
A second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament is Georgia State basketball coach Ron Hunter’s goal this season. To get there, his team will need to find consistency. “We played great against Georgia,” Hunter said. “We played great against Alabama, then we don’t play that well against Liberty. Or we don’t play that well at Montana.
There were moments during his postgame news conference Saturday when Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon struggled to keep his emotions in check, especially when referring to the program’s so-called “OG’s,” the guys who have been with him since the program began in 2014.
It’s no secret that attendance at Kennesaw State football games has declined since the program’s inception in 2015. Despite the low turnout at games, the Owls have won all but one game this season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs for the second year in a row, where they will face South Dakota State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Malik Benlevi hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Georgia State to an 83-80 upset win over Alabama Tuesday. Georgia State overcame a 21-point halftime deficit, capped by the dramatic basket. Georgia State (6-3) trailed 55-33 with 18:57 to play before mounting the comeback that included holding Alabama (5-3) without a field goal for more than nine minutes.
Kennesaw State avoided the costly mistake on a rainy Saturday and remained alive in the NCAA FCS playoffs. The No. 2-ranked Owls wound up winning the second-half battle for field position and took advantage of a late mistake by No. 12 Wofford, which set up a late 30-yard field goal by Justin Thompson to give the Owls a 13-10 win in the second round of playoffs at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
May the best triple-option team win. After a first-round bye, Kennesaw State will host Wofford in the second round of the FCS playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. While the two offenses will look similar, as both run the triple option, Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon was quick to point out the differences.
Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott plans to push his Panthers to find their edge this offseason. An edge, being a quality or factor that gives superiority over close rivals or competitors, is something the Panthers lacked as the team finished 2-10 overall and 1-7 in Sun Belt play.
Georgia State lost to Georgia Southern 35-14 on Saturday, marking the Panthers’ first loss to the Eagles since 2014. Here are five things to know about the Panthers’ loss: The Panthers’ defense was able to hold Georgia Southern in the first quarter, allowing no points in the first quarter for the first time all season.
After playing a full game and five overtime periods Saturday against Jacksonville State at SunTrust Park, Kennesaw State earned a much deserved bye week entering the FCS playoffs. Kennesaw State earned the No. 4 seed, a first-round bye and home-field advantage for the second round in this year’s playoff.
It’s not as if Georgia State had never beaten Georgia before. It did in back-to-back seasons, first in Athens on Nov. 17, 2000, then again in the Georgia Dome a year later. Neither of those victories were buzzer-beaters: Lefty Driesell’s Panthers won the first by 12 points, the second by five.
Georgia State players believe the Georgia State-Georgia Southern rivalry began with a postgame sign in 2014. Although Georgia Southern is only about 200 miles away, the Panthers and the Eagles have met only four times. Georgia State leads the series 3-1, dating to the first meeting in 2014.
Kennesaw State finished the regular season unbeaten by FCS opponents after a 60-52 five-overtime win over Jacksonville State on Saturday at SunTrust Park.
Georgia State punter Brandon Wright was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, presented to college football’s most outstanding punter. Wright is the first Georgia State player to be a semifinalist for any major college football award. The punter ranks third in the nation in gross and net punting, averaging 48.6 yards a punt and a net of 43.12 yards.
Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon thinks Jacksonville State is without a doubt the best team the Owls have faced in program history. In last season’s game in Jacksonville, Ala., the Owls — who averaged 30 points last season — were limited to 17 points by the constricting Gamecocks defense in a narrow KSU victory.
Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon is investing $250 million in the Alliance of American Football.
Two years after the Chargers left their home of 56 seasons, pro football returned to San Diego on a cold, rainy winter Sunday, with a different dynamic mixed in with a beloved local tradition.
Matt Kuchar defended his decision this week to pay his substitute caddie $5,000 following a victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November. Kuchar won $1.3 million for the win with David Ortiz serving as his caddie in place of regular John Wood. A typical payout for a win of 10 percent would have meant a $130,000 pay day for the caddie.
Morehouse defeated visiting Clark Atlanta 70-67 on Saturday. Omar Alston, a 6-foot-6 senior, led the Maroon Tigers (18-3, 12-3 SIAC) with 19 points, and he grabbed 17 rebounds. Chibueze Ebinum added 15 points. Shelvick Henry was the top scorer for the Panthers (11-11, 8-7) with 17 points. Romaine Thomas had 13 rebounds. Morehouse faces Claflin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Forbes Arena.
The Atlanta Legends finalized the roster for their upcoming inaugural season and it features several players with local ties. The biggest connection is former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. The roster features other players from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, West Georgia, Clark-Atlanta and Valdosta State.
Dylan Fromm, a quarterback from Warner Robins High School and a younger brother of Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, will continue his football career at Mercer. He attended the Touchdown Club of Atlanta award ceremony Thursday and spoke with members of the media about his decision to continue playing football at Mercer. A: You know honestly from Day 1, Mercer has been the place for me.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and Peach Bowl accounted for a combined attendance of 144,109, 15.4 million television viewership, $20.3 million team payout and $10.1 million in charity and scholarship giving. The numbers were released on Thursday. The Kickoff game between Washington and Auburn had an attendance of 70,103, the highest for the game, a television viewership of 6.
North Carolina A&T continued its Celebration Bowl dominance by defeating Alcorn State 24-22 on Saturday in a rematch of the inaugural game in 2015. The Aggies improved to 10-2 overall and won their third HBCU national title in the past four seasons. The also retained their Celebration Bowl title after defeating Grambling State last season.
If the trend continues, the Celebration Bowl may soon need a new name -- the “N.C. A&T Bowl.” The fourth Celebration Bowl kicks off at noon Saturday (TV: ABC, on WSB Channel 2 Action News) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and North Carolina A&T will make its third appearance in the game. The Aggies won the game in 2015 and last year.
Emory won its second-ever volleyball national title on Saturday. Emory defeated No. 1-ranked Calvin College for the NCAA Division III championship. Emory won 3-0, taking the sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-12. Senior Karissa Dzurik led Emory with 13 kills and sophomore Leah Saunders and freshman Tara Martin each contributed eight kills.
Georgia State men’s soccer team won its first-ever Sun Belt regular season and conference tournament title on Sunday and advanced to the 2018 Division I Men’s College Cup. The Panthers’ first-round NCAA Tournament match is tonight at Charlotte. Georgia State claimed the title after defeating Georgia Southern 4-2 in the deciding match.
Georgia State left tackle Hunter Atkinson found motivation on the field after a loss off the field. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle saw his grandmother, JoAnn Jones, in the stands at every football game he played in during his career at West Hall High School. However, when he started his career with Georgia State in 2015, it was different.
Georgia State’s two first-half turnovers proved costly in a 51-35 loss to
Coming off its bye week, Georgia State hopes to utilize a better run game in its last six games of the season.
On the road for a Thursday night Sun Belt Conference TV game, Georgia State’s offense sputtered in a 37-20 loss at Troy. Until two late touchdowns, Georgia State struggled to move the ball, finishing four of its 11 drives with a punt and two with a turnover.
Overall, Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon was proud of the step forward his team took in Saturday’s tight game against Samford.
Georgia State’s running game continues to improve as the team gets deeper into its schedule, breaking program records in the process. The Panthers broke the previous program record of most rushing yards in a game Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe, rushing for 308 yards. The previous record was 301 rushing yards in 2011 against Campbell.
Redshirt freshman Isaac Foster looked like a lightning bolt as he returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown Saturday in his yellow-and-black Kennesaw State uniform during the Owls’ home opener against Alabama State. After the game, Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon was still grinning thinking about Foster’s speed.
Kennesaw State’s matchup with Jacksonville State at SunTrust Park will kick off at 3 p.m. Nov. 17, KSU announced Wednesday. Tickets for the final game of the Owls’ regular season are on sale through Ticketmaster and start at $20. Premium seating is available starting at $95. The Owls (2-1) host Clark Atlanta on Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Kennesaw State secured its first win of the season Thursday night, beating Tennessee Tech 49-10 in Cookeville, Tenn. Although quarterback Chandler Burks finished the game with 91 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, Kennesaw State running back Darnell Holland was responsible for the play of the game.
Following an opening week loss to Georgia State, the Kennesaw State Owls remain in the top 10 of both FCS national polls released Monday. The Owls check in at No. 7 in the STATS FCS Top 25 and land at No. 8 in the AFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll after dropping a 24-20 heartbreaker at Georgia State — their first FBS opponent in program history.