Taking a Break
Davis & Elkins College and Alderson Broaddus University will get the new year started by making history.
The Senators and Battlers will play their first-ever G-MAC men’s basketball games on Jan. 2.
Ohio Valley will visit the McDonnell Center while the Battlers will entertain Salem International.
A preliminary women’s game also will be played at both sites.
First-year head coach Chris Cottrell has D&E off to a 7-4 start. Devin Miller (17 points per game) and Juwan Strothers (11.1) have paced the Senators in scoring.
The Battlers, meanwhile, are 6-4 and have been led in scoring by Malcolm Tatum (14.6) and Adam Kline (12.6) through the first 10 games of the season.
While the men’s programs at both schools are sporting winning records, the women’s squads are looking to garner more wins in 2014.
D&E is 2-9 overall on the campaign and 1-0 in league action, taking a 76-72 victory at Ursuline.
The Senators are averaging 72.5 points per game this season but allowing 84.3.
Stephanie Wooten (12.2) and Sharmaine Baker (10.2) are both averaging in double figures for head coach Jason Albin.
The Battlers, meanwhile, are 0-9 and 0-1 in league games on the campaign.
Rachel Ashley and Natalie Smith are both scoring 9.2 points per game to lead AB.
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While D&E and AB are preparing to open men’s conference play, Wesleyan has already played four games in the Mountain East.
The Bobcats and second-year coach Patrick Beilein are 7-5 overall and 2-2 in league contests.
Wesleyan entered the holiday break on a high note, picking up a pair of wins in Puerto Rico. The Bobcats will return to the hardwood at 4 p.m. Jan. 4 at home against league foe Charleston.
The Wesleyan women also will face Charleston at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4. The Bobcats are currently 2-6 and 0-4 in conference games and have been idle since falling at Fayetteville State (N.C.) on Dec. 15.