Dec. 18, 2009
Birmingham, Ala. - 21st-ranked Shorter College looks to end 2009 on a high note when it travels to Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, Dec. 19 to take on NCAA Division I opponent Samford University of the Southern Conference at 3 p.m. ET in the Pete Hanna Center.
The Hawks (10-1) returned to winning form on Monday, topping Tennessee Temple University, 65-57, to rebound from their first defeat of the season back on Dec. 5 at Faulkner University.
In the win over TTU, Jerrenda Wheeler and Marqise Wright each poured in 17 points to lead the Shorter attack. Wheeler added seven assists, giving him 62 on the year, a mark that ranks as the seventh-best assist total in the country. Wheeler's 5.6 assists per game ranks ninth in the nation.
Wright pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds for his unprecedented sixth straight double-double of the season. Wright, who has eight double-doubles in Shorter's 11 games this season, is putting up 15.7 points and 16.0 rebounds per game during this six game stretch and his 12.7 rebounds per game average for the season is No. 1 in the NAIA.
The 6-6 junior also ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per outing.
Saturday's game marks the third game of a five-game road trip for the Hawks. Shorter will break for the holidays following Saturday's tilt with the Bulldogs before returning to action on Jan. 2 against No. 18 Georgetown College (Ky.) and closing out the roadie on Jan. 4 against Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga.
Samford (3-7) is looking to bounce back from a 60-45 loss to the University of Alabama of the Southeastern Conference on Dec. 16. Josh Davis led the Bulldogs with 13 points against the Crimson Tide, which forced 20 Samford turnovers.
The Bulldogs' three wins have come against McNeese State, Elon and Spring Hill, but their seven losses have come against top-notch competition.
Samford opened the season with losses to mid-major powers Kent State, Wisconsin-Green Bay and UAB before dropping road bouts at Big 12 Conference foes Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
For Game Notes previewing the Hawks' game at Samford, please follow this link.