March 19, 2007
For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114/ (901)
619-1899 / Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023
SOUTHWEST PLAY LON MORRIS IN NJCAA OPENER
Release written by Keith Gentry
The Southwest menís basketball team will open play in the 2007 NJCAA
National Tournament at noon on Tuesday, March 20 in Hutchinson, Kansas
against Lon Morris College (of Jacksonville, Texas.)
The Southwest/Lon Morris winner will take on the winner of the College
of Southern Idaho/Vincennes University game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday while
the losers of the two games will play at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The
tournament championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Southwest is 13-14 all-time in the NJCAA Tournament action and is making
its second consecutive appearance and 10th overall. It is the ninth
appearance for Southwest coach Verties Sails, the 2007 TJCCAA Coach of
the Year and a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
Southwest, the TJCCAA Western Division and NJCAA Region VII tournament
champion, enter the tournament with a 26-5 overall record and were
ranked 16th in the final NJCAA regular season poll. Lon Morris,
champions of Region XIV, enter the tournament at 19-13. It will be the
first ever match-up between the two schools.
The Saluqis are led by TJCCAA Player of the Year and Region VII
Tournament MVP Donald Boone, who is the teamís top scorer (16.8) and
rebounder (6.6). Freshman A.J. Nance, an All-TJCCAA and All-Region
Tournament team selection, is second in scoring at 11.9 points per game.
Other top contributors for Southwest are sophomores Greg Grimes (11.4
points, 6.0 rebounds), James Hooper (8.4 points, 6.4 assists), Nathan
Walton (8.8 points, 4.5 rebounds) and Chris Evans (5.5 points, 5.3
rebounds), and freshmen Deante Burgess (10.2 points, 5.5 rebonds),
Emmanuel Cheers (8.1 points, 5.2 assists) and Antonio Young (6.7
Play-by-play for the Southwest/Lon Morris game will be broadcast on the
www.kyyk.com website. The Saluqisí second round game will also be
broadcast on either www.vinu.edu (if Vincennes) or athletics.csi.edu (if