Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

Texas Wesleyan men back in win column

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Four starters on the Texas Wesleyan University men’s basketball scored in double figures, as the Rams best Wiley, 103-95, on Jan. 30 at the Sid Richardson Center in Fort Worth.

The Rams, (16-4, 11-3) opened the game on a 22-5 run and never looked back.  The Wildcats (11-8, 7-7) did not break double figures until a three-pointer from Dominic Jones pushed the score to 28-10 with 10:44 showing on the clock. Texas Wesleyan shot 55.6 percent from the field and hit a blistering 7-of-10 from long range on their way to a 51-31 advantage at the break.

A layup from Eric Frederick early in the second half gave the Rams their largest lead at 61-35.  The margin remained at 20 points until an 8-1 Wiley run cut the lead to 12 (88-76) with 6:02 on the clock.  The Rams pushed back ahead 95-78, but the Wildcats never gave in. A 10-1 run actually made it a two-possession ballgame at 101-95 with 16 seconds to play, but it was too little too late for Wiley. Frederick knocked down a pair of free throws to ice the game at 103-95 on the Rams’ next possession.

“I thought we made a statement in the first half,” commented head coach Terry Waldrop.  “To Wiley’s credit, they never quit.  They are well coached, and they played hard.  We got back in the win column with a good effort, and now we have to get ready to go into Jarvis on Saturday.”

Frederick picked up his eighth double-double of the year with 29 points and 10 rebounds.  Ronnie Moss also finished with 29 points to go with nine assists and six rebounds.  Brian Talley added 19 points, and Oscar Griffin posted 10 in the win.  Stephane Mudiay came off the bench to score eight points and grab five rebounds.

Vanderis Chrisie led the Wildcats by going 7-for-11 from distance and finishing with 28 points.  Kenny LaGuerre posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.  Freddie Haynes, Richard Simon, and Dominic Jones finished with 14, 13, and 11 points respectively.

OLLU ends win streak with loss to LSU-Shreveport

Robert Martinez and Josh Orta scored 17 points each, but it wasn’t enough to shut down LSU-Shreveport on Jan. 30, as the Saints fell 83-74 to the Pilots.

The Saints played characteristically aggressive on defense, as OLLU forced LSUS to turn the ball over 28 times. The Pilots were equally rugged, forcing the Saints to turn the ball over 20 times. OLLU played most of the game without their head coach.

Greg Shyne led the Pilots with 26 points, while Aubin Young tossed in 16, Derrick Parker 12 and Cody Walker 11.

While the Saints (12-3, 14-6) ended its winning streak, the Pilots (10-3, 15-4) extended their streak to six straight.

UAB gospel choir honors church bombing victims

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The University of Alabama-Birmingham Gospel Choir is celebrating Black History Month in a special way this year, with a song that honors the memory of the four little girls who lost their lives in the 16th Street church bombing in 1963.

“You Don’t Know What I Could Have Been” is an original song penned by choir director Kevin P. Turner. The song was written and performed for the choir’s most recent theatrical concert, “Gospel Anthology II: The Church and the Civil Rights Movement.”

The track is available for download at iTunes, Amazon.com, Cdbaby.com and Myspace Music. Local, national and satellite radio stations, secular and gospel, will all have copies for radio play, Turner said. Comedian, radio host, and Birmingham native Rickey Smiley will debut the song to his national audience, as well.

“This is perfect timing as we celebrate the service, sacrifices and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, including those of the Foot Soldiers, the Freedom Riders and the children who died during this time in American history,” Turner said. “This song gives voice to the children who did not survive attacks during the Civil Rights Movement.” The timing of the release coincides with Black History Month and national observations of historic anniversaries and events, including the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders.

2011 was a banner year for the choir, with its first overseas tour to London and Birmingham, England and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, two CD releases, an East Coast tour, a live performance on NBC’s “Today” with Al Roker on the campus of UAB to 5.5 million viewers, and the special recognition they gave to local heroes of the Civil Rights Movement who recently passed away by presenting the “Gospel Anthology II” concert. Turner also was honored by the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir, the original Civil Rights mass movement choir.