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Men’s Basketball kick off the season in Costa Rica

Wednesday July 13, 2016
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The OUA Bronze Medalists and CIS 5th place Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will travel to Costa Rica in August for a series of exhibition games against NCAA competition. The Gee-Gees are scheduled to play four Division 1 schools over the course of 9 days.

The Gee-Gees will start their tournament against the Sam Houston State University Bearkats on August 6 and 8. The Bearkats finished last season with an overall record of 18-16 and a third place Southland Conference record of 12-6, scoring 75 points per game.

Then, August 9 will see the Gee-Gees take on the Liberty University Flames who went 10-8 in the Big South and 13-19 overall in 2015-16. The low scoring Flames tallied only 64.7 points per games and shot 36 per cent from beyond the arc, leaving a window of opportunity for the Gee-Gees to showcase their great defense.

Boise State will be next on the docket on August 12 and 14, coming in with an 11-7 Mountain West Conference record and a 20-12 overall season. The 6 foot 9, 202 pound James Webb III, is the Broncos leading scorer with 31 games played, 489 total points and 15.8 points per game in his sophomore year. The Gee-Gees however, will look to fill Mike L’Africain’s position as he graduates the team amassing 20.4 points per game last season. Calvin Epistola is poised to fill that void as the new point guard with his great awareness and maturity on the court.

Finally, August 13 the team will face the Norfolk State University Spartans. Norfolk State tied for second in the MEAC conference with a 12-4 record and had an overall season record of 17-17.

Last summer the Gee-Gees were 1-3 against NCAA schools. This included a win over Murray State University (81-57) in Ottawa and losses to Baylor (84-100) and Valparaiso (76-84) in August.  The Gee-Gees also suffered a rematch loss against NCAA powerhouse, Indiana (54-82) after a trip to the historic Assembly Hall in November of 2015.