MBB: Game Notes for App State/Georgia State

Feb. 20, 2019

Please find game notes attached for Thursday's home game against Georgia State (7 p.m.; ESPN+).

Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Look to Continue Momentum at Appalachian State Thursday

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters. GSU has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times in the last five years.

• Georgia State is in second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings at 9-4, just one game back of Texas State. The Panthers have finished no worse than second in the Sun Belt in four of the last five years.

• Georgia State has already secured a sixth-straight winning season for the first time in program history.

• The Panthers are looking to win in Boone for a second-straight season for the first time.

• The Panthers are 74-33 in Sun Belt Conference regular season games since rejoining the league in 2013-14.

• GSU is 16-0 when leading at the half this season, among the top 5 most wins at the half in the country without a loss.

• The Panthers already have five wins this season when trailing by more than eight points, including come-from-behind wins of 22 (Alabama) and 18 (South Alabama).

• Georgia State’s 18-8 start is the tied for the fourth-best 26-game start in program history.

• Georgia State won nine non-conference games, tied for the most in program history.

• Georgia State faced five opponents who competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the first 11 games of the season. (Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Alabama, and No. 24 Kansas State) all away from home going 2-3.

• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.

• GSU has more SEC wins this year than Georgia (1) and Vanderbilt (0).

• GSU’s 21-point halftime comeback at Alabama is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.

• Over the last 12 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA (11/21), while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer (11/13) earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Georgia State set a school and conference record with 323 3-pointers last season. This season the Panthers have already knocked down 255 3-pointers, fourth-most in program history.

• The Panthers 39.2 3-point field goal percentage is currently the best mark in program hsitory.

• Since the 2013-14 season, GSU has won more games (128) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Junior D’Marcus Simonds is averaging 18.0 points per game for his career which currently ranks No. 17 among all active NCAA players and is tops in the Sun Belt. He has made 596 career field goals (most in school history)which is No. 37 active players and the No. 3 junior in the country.

• Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas (199/t3rd), Devin Mitchell (199/t3rd) and Malik Benlevi (163/9th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Feb. 20, 2019
Contact: Mike Holmes
Phone: (404) 413-4033
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Georgia State Looks to Continue Momentum at Appalachian State Thursday

ATLANTA-Riding a two-game winning streak and looking to remain a top two seed for the upcoming conference tournament, Georgia State will return to the road to face Appalachian State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center.

Georgia State (18-8, 9-4 Sun Belt) remains in second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings, one game behind Texas State for first place and one game ahead of Georgia Southern and UT Arlington with five games to play. A top two seed would guarantee the Panthers a double-bye into the league’s conference tournament semifinals in mid-March.

Appalachian State (9-16, 4-8 Sun Belt) has won three straight games at home following a nine point win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

Thursday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Kendall Lewis and Pierre Banks calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

Five members of Georgia State’s line-up are averaging in double figures as the Panthers have knocked down 255 3-pointers this year, fourth-most in program history and No. 24 in the NCAA this season. Last year, Georgia State made a conference and school-record 323 3-pointers.

“We are playing all of these games now like we are in the conference tournament,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “March is almost upon us and we know that to reach our goals, we need to be playing our best basketball at this time. Appalachian State is playing some very good basketball at home right now and we need to be prepared for them to play hard for 40 minutes on Thursday night.”

Since returning from injury, senior Devin Mitchell has shown why he is one of the best shooters in the country. After missing the first seven games, Mitchell has returned to average 14.0 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from 3-point range. He has made 67 3-pointers in 19 games this season and is just one shy of 200 for his career.

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the 2017-18 Sun Belt Player of the Year, is sixth in the league averaging 19.0 points per game. He stands in second-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,623 points after scoring 10 against South Alabama. He is just 196 points shy of R.J. Hunter from becoming the all-time career points leader in program history. His career scoring averaging of 18.0 points per game ranks No. 17 among all active NCAA players.

Senior Malik Benlevi, who has knocked down a 55 3-pointers, is averaging 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior Jeff Thomas is adding 11.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest and has knocked down 55 3-pointers this season. Along with Mitchell, he is also just one 3-pointer shy of 200 for his career.

Senior Jordan Tyson has started four of the last five games and is averaging 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Kane Williams, who has started the last two games, is averaging 10.6 points and 3.6 assists per game.

Notes:

  • Georgia State’s 18-8 start to the season is tied for the fourth-best 26-game start in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (128) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
  • Jeff Thomas (199/t3rd), Devin Mitchell (199/t3rd) and Malik Benlevi (163/9th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.
  • Georgia State is shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range which as it stands today is the best mark in program history.
  • Georgia State is 16-0 when leading at halftime this season.
  • The Panthers have already overcome five deficits of at least eight points this season, including two of 18 points or greater.

Following Thursday’s game, Georgia State head to Conway, S.C., to begin preparations for Saturday’s game with Coastal Carolina. Tip is set for 2 p.m. and will air live on ESPN+.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Georgia State Golf: Kaur Finishes Third, Panthers Fourth at Amelia Island Collegiate

Results attached

 

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Feb. 19, 2019

Contact: Mike Holmes

Phone: (404) 413-4033

E-mail: rholmes@gsu.edu

 

Kaur Finishes Third, Georgia State Fourth at Amelia Island Collegiate

What You Need to Know:

  • Georgia State shot a final round 318 in rainy and windy conditions to finish fourth at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • Junior Harmanprit Kaur earned a career-best third place finish at 4-over par, just one stroke out of first place.
  • The Panthers finished with a season-best result in the first of four spring season events.

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Led by junior Harmanprit Kaur’s career-best third place finish, the Georgia State women’s golf team open the spring with a season-best fourth-place finish at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf Club on Tuesday.

In rainy and windy conditions that saw scores increase significantly, Kaur shot a final round 5-over 77 to finish at 4-over par for the 54-hole event placing just one stroke out of first.

Georgia State shot a final round 318 to finish at 52-over par after no team broke 300 in the final round.

“Overall I am proud of the way our team competed all week,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Today didn’t go as we wanted it to, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. In tougher conditions, we just could not get the birdies to drop. However, a fourth-place finish in a solid 16 team field is a good way to start the spring and can give us some momentum moving forward.”

Sophomore Chloe Howard shot a final round 7-over 79 to finish in a tie for 27th at 14-over par. Freshman Maria Blasco added a 9-over 81 to finish at 16-over par and tied for 30th.

Sophomore Petra Duran also shot 81 on Tuesday to finish at 19-over par and tied for 45th. Freshman Emma Berlin rounded out the line-up with an 82 to tie for 51st in the 86-player field at 21-over par.

North Florida shot a final round 306 to finish at 30-over par and claim an 11-stroke win. Florida Gulf Coast finished in second place at 41-over par, with Marshall coming in third at 43-over. The Panthers were in fourth place at 52-over par with Sam Houston State rounding out the top five at 55-over.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Laura Edmonds defeated North Florida’s Mindy Herrick in a playoff to earn low medalist honors at 3-over par. Kaur finished in third at 4-over par while Marshall’s Shelby Brauckmuller and Morehead State’s Bridget Connolly tied for fourth at 5-over par.

Georgia State will next travel to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Classic March 4-5.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Georgia State Women’s Golf: Kaur Leads, Panthers Tied for Third at Amelia Island Collegiate

Day One Stats attached

 

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Feb. 18, 2019

Contact: Mike Holmes

Phone: (404) 413-4033

E-mail: rholmes@gsu.edu

 

Kaur Leads, Georgia State Tied for Third at Amelia Island Collegiate

What You Need to Know:

  • Georgia State shot rounds of 297 and 301 on Monday to sit in a tie for third entering the final round of the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • Junior Harmanprit Kaur leads the field at 1-under par following rounds of 71 and 72 on Monday.
  • Three Panthers are among the top 25 in the field which includes 16 teams and 86 players.

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Led by junior Harmanprit Kaur who leads the 86-player field, Georgia State shot rounds of 297 and 301 on Monday to sit in a tie for third place at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf Club.

Kaur, the lone upperclassman in the field for Georgia State this week, opened the tournament with a 71 on Monday morning before shooting 72 in the afternoon to stand 1-under par as the only golfer under par after 36 holes.

Georgia State, which is playing in its opening event of the spring season, is tied with Sam Houston State, just 10 strokes back of tournament leader North Florida.

“I’m so proud of the way everyone played today,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Everyone in our line-up contributed and that is what it takes to be successful at this level. Harmanprit worked really hard in the offseason and is playing some incredible golf right now. I was equally impressed by Maria who worked hard on her putting all offseason and showed the work payoff today.”

Kaur made five birdies during the 36-hole day and will be looking for her first collegiate win during Tuesday’s final round.

Sophomore Chloe Howard and freshman Maria Blasco are tied for 21st at 7-over par. Each opened play on Monday morning with rounds of 74 before shooting 77’s in the afternoon.

Sophomore Petra Duran shot an opening round 78 before responding with a 76 in the afternoon to stand in a tie for 34th at 10-over par. Freshman Emma Berlin rounded out the line-up with rounds of 79 and 76 to sit in a tie for 42nd at 11-over par.

North Florida leads the 16-team field at 12-over par with Marshall in second place at 16-over par. The Panthers are tied Sam Houston State at 22-over par, followed by Florida Gulf Coast in fifth place at 24-over. Georgia State’s opening round 297 was the third-lowest round of the tournament on day one.

Kaur leads the field at 1-under par, with five golfers tied for second place at even par. The group includes Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto and Jenna Phillips, along with Florida Gulf Coast’s Laura Edmonds, North Florida’s Mindy Herrick and Daytona State’s Jessica Bailey.

Georgia State will be paired with North Florida and Marshall for the final round going off Holes No. 1-3.

Live scoring of the final round can be found at GolfStat.com. Fans can follow the team on twitter @GSU_WGolf.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will travel to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Classic March 4-5.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Georgia State Women’s Golf: Panthers Open Spring at Amelia Island Collegiate Monday

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Feb. 17, 2019

Contact: Mike Holmes

Phone: (404) 413-4033

E-mail: rholmes@gsu.edu

 

Georgia State Opens Spring at Amelia Island Collegiate Monday

What You Need to Know:

  • Georgia State will open the spring season on Monday at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • The Panthers finished eighth in the 15-team event last season as sophomore Chloe Howard earned a seventh-place finish.
  • The Panthers will play four regular season events this spring leading up to the Sun Belt Conference Championship in April.

ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s golf team will open the spring season on Monday for the fourth-straight season at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf Club in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

This will mark the first of four regular season spring events leading up to the Sun Belt Conference championship in April.

Last year the Panthers earned an eighth-place finish among 15 teams as Chloe Howard placed seventh to lead Georgia State. Two years ago, Georgia State tied for fifth place.

“Our team is excited to be getting the spring season underway,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “We have such a young team and I think we had to work through some things in the fall, but now with some experience under our belts, we want to make a push to a conference championship this spring and that starts on Monday.”

The 16-team field will play a practice round on Sunday, before playing 36 holes in a shotgun start on Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m. The final round is set for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.

The field will include host Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Daytona State, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State, Marshall, Morehead State, North Florida, Sam Houston State, Samford, UAB, USC Upstate, Western Kentucky, and Winthrop.

This week’s line-up will include junior Harmanprit Kaur, sophomores Chloe Howard and Petra Duran, along with freshman Emma Berlin and Maria Blasco.

Kaur led the Panthers in the fall with a 75.33 scoring average, while Emma Berlin was second at 75.40. Kaur recorded back-to-back top 20 finishes to open the fall and also had the best round of the first half of the season, a 5-under 67 at the USA Intercollegiate.

Live scoring of all three rounds can be found at GolfStat.com. Fans can follow the team on twitter @GSU_WGolf.

Georgia State will be paired with Samford and UAB for Rounds 1 and 2 of the event on Monday.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will travel to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Classic March 4-5.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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MBB: Balanced Attack Leads Mountaineers Past Coastal Carolina

FB: App State Adds Decorated High School Coach to Football Staff

February 16, 2019

 

Contact: Joey Jones (jonesj7@appstate.edu)

 

Secondary contact: Bret Strelow (strelowb@appstate.edu)

 

ONLINE: https://appstatesports.com/news/2019/2/16/app-state-adds-decorated-high-school-coach-to-football-staff.aspx

 

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz added another key piece to his inaugural staff Saturday with the hire of championship-winning North Carolina high school coach and Appalachian alum Lance Ware as senior assistant to the head coach.

 

“We’re excited to welcome Lance back to Appalachian State,” Drinkwitz said. “As a former player, he’ll be a huge asset in continuing our great tradition of championship football. I’m excited to give him an opportunity to join the college football ranks after his success as a high school football coach.”

 

As head coach of Shelby High School just outside of Charlotte, Ware compiled a 99-25 overall record over eight seasons and won five state championships in the last six years.

 

In his new role on the mountain, Ware will assist the head coach with all aspects of organization and running the Mountaineer football program.

 

“I would like to thank Coach Drinkwitz and App State for this incredible opportunity,” Ware said. “I’ve spent the past 22 years at the best high school in the state of North Carolina.”

 

A four-year letterman at Appalachian under head coach Jerry Moore from 1992-96, Ware was the Mountaineers’ full-time long snapper for all of his last three seasons and most of his freshman campaign.

 

As Shelby’s head coach, Ware led the Golden Lions to 2A state championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and 2AA state titles in 2016 and 2018. During his eight-year tenure, Shelby went 33-3 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs.

 

Ware has spent his entire 22-year coaching career at his high school alma mater, working under head coaches Jim Taylor and Chris Norman. During his 22 seasons there, the Golden Lions played for 11 state titles, winning eight.

 

Ware and his wife, Catherine, have three children – Reece, Stockton and Presley.

 

 

Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Overcomes 18-Point Deficit to Top South Alabama 90-81

Final Stats attached

 

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Feb. 15, 2019
Contact: Mike Holmes
Phone: (404) 413-4033
E-mail:
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Georgia State Overcomes 18-Point Deficit to Top South Alabama 90-81

 

ATLANTA – Georgia State overcame an 18-point deficit to take down South Alabama 90-81 Friday night at the GSU Sports Arena. Five Panthers scored in double-digits, led by Malik Benlevi with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

 

Georgia State (18-8, 9-4 Sun Belt) outscored South Alabama (12-14, 5-8 Sun Belt) 51-28 in the second half, and finished the game on a 15-4 run while holding the Jaguars to just one field goal in the final 4:51 of the game.

 

Jeff Thomas scored 21 points with seven rebounds, Devin Mitchell scored 14, Kane Williams had 11 points and six assists, and D’Marcus Simonds added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

 

Georgia State scored 29 points off turnovers, while also making 13 3-pointers and outscoring South Alabama 32-20 in the paint.

 

Herb McGee led South Alabama with 26 points and eight assists. Rodrick Sikes scored 14, Kory Holden had 12 and R.J. Kelly had 11 in a losing effort.

 

“I’m really proud of my guys and really proud of one guy in particular, Damon Wilson,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “He didn’t score one point tonight and he may have just given us a chance to win a championship. I’ve never seen someone dominate a game like that and not score a point.

 

“In the second half I thought we made some really good adjustments. They did some things in the first half that we did not expect but adjusted well. We only gave up two 3-pointers in the second half and that proved to be the difference.”

 

Both teams came out firing from long range in the first half, making a combined 11 3-pointers in the first nine minutes. Georgia State hung on to a three-point lead with a little under eight minutes left, but a 25-4 run by the Jaguars helped them build an 18-point advantage.

 

Georgia State struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 33.3 percent, while allowing South Alabama to knock down 12 3-pointers. The Panthers trailed 53-39 at halftime as the Jaguars shot 54.8 percent from the floor and 63.2 percent from 3-point range before the break.

 

Thomas had the hot hand for Georgia State to start the second half, hitting back-to-back triples to help kick off a 16-1 run, cutting the deficit to one. A steal by Mitchell led to a fast break dunk by Williams, gave Georgia State its first lead since the 7:28 mark in the first half, 59-58.

 

South Alabama would retake the lead, going up by as many as seven at the midway point, but the Panthers would respond, taking a one- point lead thanks to a 9-1 run, with all nine Georgia State points coming from Thomas and Mitchell. Benlevi extended the lead to four on a 3-pointer, giving the Panthers a 75-71 lead with six minutes remaining.

 

The Jaguars would retake the lead again on a pair of McGee free-throws with four minutes left, but Thomas hit a three on the other end, sparking a 13-2 run to cap the remarkable comeback.

 

Thomas passed Jim Jacobs and Lamont McIntosh to move into 15th on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list, while Benlevi moved up to No. 24, passing Shernard Long and Jeremy Hollowell.

Thomas and Mitchell each pass Trae Golston to move into third in career 3-pointers made with 199 each, and Benlevi moved past Kevin Morris to take over ninth, with 163.

 

Georgia State shot 70.8 percent from the floor in the second half, knocking down 8-of-14 from 3-point range.

 

Georgia State outscored South Alabama 29-7 off turnovers, forcing the Jaguars into 18 turnovers.

 

Georgia State will open a two-game trip in the Carolinas next Thursday at Appalachian State. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Boone, N.C.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Garrett Riley Joins App State Football Staff

February 15, 2019

 

Contact: Joey Jones (jonesj7@appstate.edu)

 

Secondary contact: Bret Strelow (strelowb@appstate.edu)

 

ONLINE: https://appstatesports.com/news/2019/2/15/garrett-riley-joins-football-staff.aspx

 

BOONE, N.C. — A fast riser in the football coaching profession, Garrett Riley has been tabbed as Appalachian State’s newest assistant coach, head coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced Friday. Riley will mentor the Mountaineer running backs.

 

“We’re excited to welcome Garrett and his family to the App State family,” Drinkwitz said. “We’re looking to be cutting edge on offense, and we expect him to continue to push that. His experience coaching in North Carolina will also benefit our program.”

 

As a player (Texas Tech) and coach (East Carolina, Kansas) at the FBS level, Riley has been a part of four bowl games – Cotton (2008/Texas Tech), Alamo (2009/Texas Tech), Beef `O’ Brady’s (2013/East Carolina) and Birmingham (2014/East Carolina).

 

“I’m excited to be part such a traditionally successful program,” Riley said. “I’m humble and grateful to have the opportunity to be around this organization and work with Coach Drink and the rest of the staff that I’ve known about for several years. Look forward to continuing the great success that Appalachian State’s had, and I can’t wait to start working with the players.”

 

Riley comes to Boone after three years on the staff at Kansas. After being hired as an offensive analyst in 2016, he coached quarterbacks in 2017 and mentored the KU tight ends and fullbacks last season.

 
In 2017, Riley oversaw quarterback Peyton Bender become the Jayhawks’ fastest player to pass for 1,000 yards in his career – doing so in his first three games. After Carter Stanley was named starter prior to the Kansas State game, he made his starting debut count by throwing for 418 yards, the fifth-most passing yards in Kansas single-game history.
 
Riley spent the 2015 season as the outside receivers coach at East Carolina. During his time coaching the ECU outside receivers, he mentored Zay Jones, who caught 98 passes for 1,009 yards that year and went on to set the NCAA FBS record with 399 career catches. Jones was picked 37th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
 
Riley worked as an offensive assistant on the ECU staff in 2014 and 2015 for then-head coach Ruffin McNeill and then-coordinator Lincoln Riley, Garrett’s older brother who now serves as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. As an offensive assistant, Garrett primarily worked with quarterbacks, coordinated the defensive scout team and conducted video analysis. During his time working with the ECU quarterbacks, he assisted Shane Carden, who became the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (11,991) and passing touchdowns (86). Carden was named the 2014 American Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.
 
Riley earned his first collegiate position in 2012 as running backs coach at Augustana (Ill.) College, helping rebuild a Vikings program that was 2-8 a year earlier into a 5-5 squad that improved its rushing total by 500 yards. He spent the 2011 season as a quarterbacks and passing game assistant at Lubbock’s (Texas) Roosevelt High School, helping the squad set four school quarterback and five school receiving records.
 
Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in general business from Texas Tech in 2012 and was a quarterback on the Red Raiders’ roster during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. While in Lubbock, Riley was directly mentored by Mike Leach, who was both head coach and quarterbacks coach, and the Red Raiders registered 20 wins and pair of bowl appearances. Riley transferred to Stephen F. Austin in 2010 and helped the Lumberjacks to a Southland Conference title and a No. 1 FCS ranking in both passing and total offense. 
 
As a prep athlete at Muleshoe (Texas) High School, Riley was the 2007 Associated Press All-State 2A Offensive Player of the Year after playing a role in four straight playoff appearances.
 
A native of Muleshoe, Texas, Riley is married to the former Lindsay Murff. The couple two sons, Gibson and Greyson.

 

Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley on Garrett Riley…

“I'm thrilled for Garrett to have this opportunity at Appalachian State, and I know he is very excited to work under Coach Drinkwitz. What App State has accomplished since becoming an FBS program five years ago is simply remarkable, and Garrett will bring a ton of energy with him to Boone as the Mountaineers look to continue their string of Sun Belt Conference championships and bowl wins.”

 

Oklahoma Assistant Head Coach Ruffin McNeill on Garrett Riley…

“G will be a great addition to the Mountaineer family. I’ve known him and Lindsay for a long time. I watched him when he was still a high school player and then as a coach. When I got to East Carolina, he was one of my first hires as a graduate assistant, and then when a full-time position came open it was an immediate appointment. He’s been around the top offensive minds in football, and he is one of the top offensive minds. He and his family will be a great addition to the Mountaineer family.”

 

FB: App State Adds Anwar Stewart to Football Staff

 February 15, 2019

 

Contact: Joey Jones (jonesj7@appstate.edu)

 

Secondary contact: Bret Strelow (strelowb@appstate.edu)

 

ONLINE: https://appstatesports.com/news/2019/2/15/app-state-adds-anwar-stewart-to-football-staff.aspx

 

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz has hired championship-winning former Canadian Football League player and coach Anwar Stewart to mentor the Mountaineers’ defensive linemen.

 

“Anwar brings great energy, passion, enthusiasm and a standard of championship football from his experience of winning four Grey Cups in the CFL,” Drinkwitz said. “He was a captain of his pro team and at Kentucky. He showed the true spirit of a Mountaineer by recently completing his college degree. Championships are won in the trenches, and I can’t wait to see him lead our defensive line. We’re excited to welcome Anwar, his wife and daughter to our family in Boone.”

 

During a 13-year playing career in the CFL, 11 of which were with the Montreal Alouettes, Stewart won a Grey Cup with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001 and helped Montreal capture Grey Cups in 2002, 2009 and 2010. Playing defensive end, he was selected the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2004 and was a CFL All-Star in both 2004 and 2009. He retired in 2013 after racking up 70 career sacks, including 66 with Montreal (second-most in team history). He also snagged 10 career interceptions from his defensive end position.

 

“I’m here to win a Sun Belt Championship and go to a big-time bowl,” Stewart said. “I want to be part of the great tradition here at Appalachian State, and I’m fortunate to work alongside Coach Drinkwitz and this staff. I’m excited to be able not only to coach, but also to mentor these young men.”

 

Following his playing career, Stewart was hired by the Alouettes in 2014 as a defensive quality control coach before being elevated to defensive end coach in 2015 and defensive line coach in 2016. The Alouettes were among the CFL’s best teams in total defense and sacks each of those seasons.

 

A former Southeastern Conference standout at Kentucky, he returned to Lexington to finish his college degree in 2017 and serve on staff with the Wildcats over the last two seasons.

 

A native of Panama City, Fla., Stewart and his wife, Lamya, have a daughter, Kayla.

 

MBB: Game Notes for App State/Coastal Carolina

Feb. 15, 2019

Please find game notes attached for tomorrow's Appalachian State men's basketball contest at the Holmes Center (2 p.m.; ESPN+).

Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Host South Alabama Friday Night

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters. GSU has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times in the last five years.

• As of Thursday, Georgia State is in third place in the Sun Belt Conference standings at 8-4. The Panthers have finished no worse than second in the Sun Belt in four of the last five years.

• With Wednesday’s win, GSU secured a sixth-straight winning season for the first time in program history.

• Georgia State has won four of the last five meetings with South Alabama and 10 of the last 12.

• The Panthers are 73-33 in Sun Belt Conference regular season games since rejoining the league in 2013-14.

• Georgia State is 16-0 when leading at the half this season, among the top 5 most wins at the half in the country without a loss.

• Georgia State’s 17-8 start is the tied for the fourth-best 25-game start in program history.

• Georgia State won nine non-conference games, tied for the most in program history.

• Georgia State faced five opponents who competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the first 11 games of the season. (Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Alabama, and No. 24 Kansas State) all away from home going 2-3.

• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.

• GSU has more SEC wins this year than Georgia (1) and Vanderbilt (0) and is tied with Missouri (2).

• GSU’s 21-point halftime comeback at Alabama is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.

• Over the last 12 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA (11/21), while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer (11/13) earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Georgia State set a school and conference record with 323 3-pointers last season. Averaging 9.7 3-pointers per game this season, the Panthers are on pace to break that mark.

• Since the 2013-14 season, GSU has won more games (127) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Junior D’Marcus Simonds is averaging 18.1 points per game for his career which currently ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players and is tops in the Sun Belt. He has made 592 career field goals (most in school history)which is among the top 40 active players and the No. 3 junior in the country.

• Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas (195/t4th), Devin Mitchell (195/t4th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Georgia State Hosts South Alabama Friday Night

ATLANTA-Looking to continue to build momentum towards the postseason, Georgia State will host South Alabama on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena. The Panthers have won 10 of the last 12 match-ups with the Jaguars and 10-of-11 at home this year.

Georgia State (17-8, 8-4 Sun Belt) snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 77-63 win over Troy on Wednesday night as junior D’Marcus Simonds finished with 27 points and set the school record for career field goals made with 589. The victory secured a sixth-straight winning season for the Panthers for the first time in program history.

South Alabama (12-13, 5-7 Sun Belt) dropped a tough decision at Georgia Southern on Wednesday night in Statesboro. The Jaguars have lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak.

Friday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Lamont McIntosh calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Sam Crenshaw and Rodney Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

Five members of Georgia State’s line-up are averaging in double figures, while defensively the Panthers rank the top 20 in the nation in blocked shots per game. Georgia State has made 242 3-pointers, ranked among the top 30 in the nation after setting a school and conference record with 323 last year.

“There is no doubt that we gave ourselves some confidence with the way we played in the second half on Wednesday,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We need to take that confidence and momentum into the start of Friday’s game. As we get closer to March, teams are going to be playing their best basketball and we know South Alabama is going to come in to the GSU Sports Arena ready to play for 40 minutes.”

Since returning from injury, senior Devin Mitchell has shown why he is one of the best shooters in the country. After missing the first seven games, Mitchell has returned to average 14.0 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from 3-point range. He has made 63 3-pointers in 18 games this season after knocking down 98 treys last year.

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the 2017-18 Sun Belt Player of the Year, is sixth in the league averaging 19.3 points per game. He stands in second-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,613 points after scoring 27 against Troy. He is just 206 points shy of R.J. Hunter from becoming the all-time career points leader in program history. His career scoring averaging of 18.1 points per game ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players.

Senior Malik Benlevi, who has knocked down a 50 3-pointers, is averaging 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Senior Jeff Thomas is adding 11.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest and has knocked down 51 3-pointers this season.

Senior Jordan Tyson returned to the starting line-up on Wednesday and is averaging 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Kane Williams, who also returned to the starting line-up, is averaging 10.6 points and 3.6 assists per game.

Notes:

  • Georgia State’s 17-8 start to the season is tied for the fourth-best 25-game start in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (127) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
  • Jeff Thomas (195/t4th), Devin Mitchell (195/t4th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

Following Friday’s game, Georgia State will open a two-game trip in the Carolinas next Thursday at Appalachian State. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Boone, N.C.

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