All but two Sun Belt teams have participated in exhibition games as warm ups for their season openers this week. As preseason practices continued, these teams brought in some outside competition to help provide a last look at what their rotations may shake out to be.
Troy 84, Auburn-Montgomery 65:
Senior Wesley Person scored 18 points and hit four threes in 25 minutes. Florida graduate transfer DeVon Walker had a nice Trojan debut, filling the stat sheet with 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and zero turnovers.
Up first: Toccoa Falls, Fri., 8 p.m.
ULM 103, Louisiana College 68:
The Warhawks saw several nice performances both from returners and newcomers. Travis Munnings had a monster performance with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. The sophomore forward went 9-11 from the field with a pair of threes. Senior point guard Nick Coppola put up 12 points and dished out 11 helpers. JuCo transfer Sam McDaniel knocked down five threes on his way to 18 points in his debut as a Warhawk. Redshirt freshman Ramses Sandifer scored 10 points in 16 minutes and another JUCO transfer Marvin Jean-Pierre put in 13 points in 17 minutes.
Up first: Centenary, Fri., 2 p.m.
Texas State 62, Southeastern Oklahoma 41:
Freshman Nijal Pearson had a nice Wildcat debut with 14 points on 6-10 shooting from the field. Senior Maljhum McCrea recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes. Senior Kavin Gilder-Tilbury struggled, going 1-10 and missing all eight tries from three-point land, and the Wildcats as a team only were 5-26 from the perimeter.
Up first: Florida Atlantic, Fri., 10 p.m. (Honolulu)
UL Lafayette 94, West Florida 72:
The Ragin’ Cajins were paced by a massive effort from junior forward Bryce Washington, who went for 25 points and 12 rebounds, going 11-13 from the field. BYU transfer Frank Bartley scored 13 points and had five rebounds and five assists in his Ragin’ Cajins debut. Junior Johnathan Stove scored 12 points and four helpers, and junior Jerejius Davis put up 11 points and four assists. Junior center Lorenz Stalcup had an efficient night with eight points and six rebounds in 13 minutes.
Up first: at Minnesota, Fri., 8 p.m.
South Alabama 77, Mobile 46:
Many familiar faces featured heavily in the box score for the Jaguars. Senior Nick Stover scored 12 points in 16 minutes and junior Shaq Calhoun also scored put in 12 points in 19 minutes. Senior Georgi Boyanov had an efficient eight points and seven boards in 14 minutes.
Up first: at UNLV, Fri., 10 p.m.
Georgia State 97, Point University 44:
The Panthers cruised as senior Willie Clayton went 9-11 from the field for 18 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. Freshman D’Marcus Simonds put up 13 points and five rebounds in his Panther debut. Senior Isaiah Dennis scored 13 points and racked up seven steals, and sophomore Devin Mitchell hit three three-pointers on his way to a 12-point outing.
Up first: Thomas University, Fri., 7 p.m.
Georgia Southern 106, Lees-McRae 51:
The talented sophomore backcourt tandem of Tookie Brown and Ike Smith led the way for the Eagles. Brown filled the stat sheet with 17 points (6-8 shooting), 11 rebounds and three assists. Smith had 15 points and made all five shots from the field to go along with four assists. JuCo transfer B.J. Gladden scored 10 points in his Eagle debut.
Up first: at NC State, Fri., 7 p.m.
Appalachian State 103, Methodist 58:
Freshman Issac Johnson recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in his Mountaineer debut. Sophomore Ronshad Shabazz also scored 15 points, and classmates Emarius Logan and Tyrell Johnson scored 11 and 10 points respectively.
Up first: at Davidson, Sat., 8 p.m.
Little Rock 81, Arkansas-Monticello 53:
Four Trojans hit double-figures, led by senior Jalen Jackson’s 16 points. Classmate Marcus Johnson, Jr had 15 points and the backcourt duo went a combined 14-23 from the field. Fellow seniors Kemy Osse and Maurius Hill had 14 and 11 points respectively. Freshman Ryan Pippins put up eight points on 3-3 shooting in 12 minutes.
Up first: Central Baptist, Sat., 4 p.m.
Arkansas State 71, Henderson State 49:
Sophomore Connor Kern put up 15 points and freshman Jahmiah Simmons, senior Devin Carter, and JuCo transfer Tamas Bruce all had 10 points against the Reddies. As a team, they shot 8-17 from deep and out-scored Henderson State 36-16 in the paint.
Up first: at North Dakota State, Fri., 7 p.m.