A-Sun Weekly Wrap: Encouraging Signs

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Torrey Craig's 20 points wasn't enough as USC Upstate fell to Tennessee.

The Atlantic Sun was 8-11 this week. Mid-Major Madness breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

• The headlining win for the A-Sun this week was Mercer's 2OT upset over Seton Hall. Langston Hall turned on the jets in OT to give the Bears a powerful non-conference win.

• USC Upstate headed to Knoxville and gave the Volunteers everything they could handle. The Spartans took a seven point lead into halftime and led by the same margin with 12 minutes remaining.  In the end, Jarnell Stokes inside presence was too much to handle and Tennessee came away with a 74-65 win.

• Early in the week, FGCU overcame a slow (and early) start to defeat Hartford 65-51. Chase Fieler's 30 points landed him the title of SB Nation's Best Individual Performance of the Tip-Off Marathon. This weekend, the Eagles topped Furman in a game that was a lot closer than anticipated.

The Bad

• Although, Kennesaw State ended up losing by 22 against Mississippi State, the Owls stuck with Hail State in the first half. But like some other A-Sun teams, they couldn't seem to sustain the success into the second half. In part due to foul trouble, KSU also couldn't get shots to fall after the break.

The Ugly

• Northern Kentucky missed the presence of Jordan Jackson and Tyler White on Saturday. The Norse shot 24% from the field (school record) and lost 75-44 to San Diego. If Jackson, who is day to day, and White (violation of team rules) play next Saturday at Tulane, the Norse could return to the play that gave Purdue a scare.

Look Ahead

Some matchups to watch for:

Lipscomb at Tennessee State (Monday, Nov. 18)

Northern Kentucky vs. Morehead State (Tuesday, Nov. 19)

Lipscomb at Belmont (Wednesday, Nov. 20)

USC Upstate at Kent State (Friday, Nov. 22)

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