August 26, 2011

Hurricanes add Florida State to schedule

AMERICUS, Ga. – For the second consecutive season the Georgia Southwestern men' s basketball team will take on a Division I foe from a BCS conference. Head Coach Mike Leeder has announced the addition of Florida State of the ACC to the Hurricanes' schedule as an exhibition opponent. The 'Canes will travel to Tallahassee on Monday, November 7th 2011 for a 7 o'clock tip off.

"This is an opportunity for our team to face one of the better teams from a premier basketball conference in America. Playing against a team, like Florida State, in the exhibition setting will give our guys the chance to compete against the best team we will see all year," said Head Coach Mike Leeder. "This competitive setting will give our guys the chance to grow that they wouldn't get against other teams."

The Seminoles had 23 wins last season finishing third in the ACC before losing to Virginia Commonwealth University in the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. The 2010-11 'Noles featured three seniors and standout junior Chris Singleton. Singleton was third team All-ACC and an ACC All-Defense team member who opted out of his senior year. He was selected 18th overall by the Washington Wizards in the first round of June's NBA Draft.

In the 2010-11 season, the Hurricanes traveled west and played the Auburn Tigers. GSW tested Auburn early and went into halftime down only six points before losing 78-50.

The Hurricanes won 20 games last season with only nine losses and won the PBC Western Division.  That division title was the first in school history in any sport, and it earned GSW its first-ever NCAA Division II tournament appearance. Coach Leeder and the 'Canes return nine players from a year ago including Division II All-American forward Phillip Brown.