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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 15:19
    No doubt, but in the larger picture, Valvano's legacy is as much the financial windfall that the building has provided to both NC State and the entire state of North Carolina. So, in a real sense, the money income is something that Valvano would have supported going after. I see PNC Arena as Valvano's lasting legacy as athletic director. He championed for it. But, I know he coached every game of his career at Reynolds, and just as with Kay Yow, his heart remained there. Ken
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 14:25
    That would have been the most appropriate venue. It's a larger stage and a more befitting honor.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 14:07
    Rather sad situation here. Division III school Earlham College is shutting down it's football program until at least 2020 after they set a new Division III record of futility, finishing the 2018 season winless to cap a record 53 consecutive defeats! https://www.foxnews.com/sports/indiana-college-cancels-2019-football-season-after-70-6-defeat-and-53-straight-losses Ultimately, the trustees are saying that they need the time off to evaluate their program and try to establish one that can compete. Their last game was a 70-6 shelling by Rose-Hulman College. The private college's enrollment is only about a thousand students. Most high schools, public or private, are larger than that! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 13:10
    I completely agree with your broader statement, but I just dont think of it as a big of a deal as others do. With your job analogy, if one were to continue to bounce around jobs, that would be of concern. A one time thing would not be, to me at least, when making a hire. We are also putting years of wisdom that we have learned onto that of an 18 year old who has yet had time to gain that wisdom. Just think back to the mistakes and misjudgments we made at that age. Now compound that with living under a microscope in the social media age as a D1 athlete.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 12:24
    That's a fair analogy regarding employment, but to add to the truth of that, just one example of walking off a job just a few months after accepting the position is likely to tarnish your resume. In terms of keeping your work history rock solid, yes, one should stay on a job for at least a full year before leaving for another. In fact, job recruiters agree that one should remain on a job for at least two years to avoid building a negative resume pattern. University is one of the ultimate rites of passage as a person grows from child to truly independent adult. I doubt there is a single person who's held a job in which every single day and moment performing that job is a joy. To various degrees all jobs are a combination of good days and difficult days. You are correct that we don't know the precise details of this, and therefore we are to a degree speculating. But, in the strategic sense, I think what others and myself are communicating isn't speculative. It really echoes the reality that we all face in our lives. So, applying proven work ethics onto a college basketball player's decision making does seem very reasonable to me. You accept a position of employment and you have made an obligation to perform that work with the utmost of your skills and dedication. And if you hire someone, you owe that person the utmost of your servant leadership effort to provide said employee with the best available platform to perform the job successfully. When this absolutely required relationship fails for any reason, it becomes an area of concern. Knowledge of the details is not, at least in my view, a prerequisite for regarding the situation negatively, nor against even publicly advocating against the erosion of basic duty and loyalty that's a cornerstone of any successful organization. I'm not piling the world's troubles onto one basketball player, but to be frank, what's happening here remains, as I said earlier, another sign post warning us that as a nation we're going down a path that leads to a very bad place. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 10:19
    That is making an assumption that Keatts would have used this scholarship this past year. Would we have picked up an additional player? Possibly, but it is not for certain. I look at it another way. We only had 1 scholarship to give for next year, this opens up another one that could be used. I think a scholarship is a big deal, I am not in favor of paying players at all. I am just putting myself in the kids shoes. Putting it another way. You take a job, you are on the job for 6 months and realize you made a mistake and this is not the best situation for you. With the skill set you can go to another place of employment and be happy and hopefully prosper. Do you stay at the company that you originally went to work for out of loyalty or do you do what you believe is best for you and your future and make a move? That is what Steere did. Bottom line is sometimes it does not turn out the way you thought it would, and a change needs to be made.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 09:17
    Derreck, I think the point Matt is making is that it was and remains one less scholarship that could have been provided to a kid out there who would have coveted the opportunity and given NC State all he had. For a very large group of people, a full ride academic scholarship remains a very big deal. I think Matt has a strong point, and unfortunately, I do think a lot of people don't even consider that angle. It's like too many people think the scholarship is some meaningless and valueless consideration. But, in truth, there's someone out there who coveted that chance and was told no due to the lack of a scholarship. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 07:46
    https://gopack.com/news/2018/11/15/mens-soccer-nc-state-defeats-campbell-to-advance-in-ncaa-championship.aspx WOW, I did not realize the streak had been that long. I was a freshman in HS the last time the Pack won an NCAAT game.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th November 2018, 07:10
    He gave NSCU everything he had since he walked on campus. He went through conditioning, workouts, practices, etc. He did not just show up to a game and play 4 minutes and leave. Is it a unique situation? Yes it is. Could he have handled it better? yes he could. Do I appreciate him letting the staff know sooner rather than later? yes I do.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    15th November 2018, 23:01
    Got to give it to you, Matt. Those are two powerful points! Somewhere out there is a kid who would have given about anything to suit up and play on scholarship for NC State. Ken
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  • Matt Nicholson's Avatar
    15th November 2018, 16:47
    Did any of those transfers leave their previous school after 4 minutes? He gave NCSU 4 minutes and we burned a scholarship on him.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    15th November 2018, 12:02
    Derreck replied to a thread @ L'Ville in Football
    Win or lose, I still love my Pack!
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    15th November 2018, 07:15
    Derreck replied to a thread Unca 11/13 in Men's Basketball
    Agreed, but even the turnovers were from effort. Those can be lived with. This team plays HARD for 40 MIN of basketball, on both ends of the floor. If nothing else, they are fun to watch.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    15th November 2018, 07:13
    They wanted to do something at PNC arena, but naming rights and such are difficult on a building that we dont own. So this was the best scenario that could be done logistically.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 19:04
    Thatís actually what I was going to write. Personally, the ESA is literally the building that Valvano built, but by the time it was finished, folks started to realize there was huge money in corporate naming rights, and money talked over naming what is now our primary arena. This was the best opportunity to answer a long overdue earned legacy for Valvano, and Iím thrilled that the university has belatedly done this. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 18:58
    You see, there was a silver lining in all this! LOL!!! Ken
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 16:26
    btw, get off my lawn.......... Humbug
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 16:26
    Seems a little cumbersome to me: Kay Yow Court in James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum. Don't get me wrong. I like the recognition of Coach V. To me it just seems to start resembling a VW covered in bumper stickers.
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 16:20
    D Wolf replied to a thread Unca 11/13 in Men's Basketball
    ...need to clean up those turnovers though. Otherwise an impressive showing.
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 16:18
    It is disappointing though. I actually like the kid and looked forward to seeing him playing for the Pack. I know some folks who know him from Fayetteville, where he and Manny played together. I won't pretend to understand his decision. Even with the potentially crowded field I think he could have made his mark. I wish him the best and hope he matures enough to see something through.
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 16:10
    both of them?
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 13:04
    https://gopack.com/news/2018/11/14/arena-at-reynolds-coliseum-to-be-named-for-legendary-nc-state-mens-basketball-coach-jim-valvano.aspx Naming Gift in Support of Iconic University Venue Creates James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum Historic William Neal Reynolds Coliseum will now share its name with another icon of NC State Athletics, as former men's basketball head coach Jim Valvano will join Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Kay Yow in being recognized at the famed venue. At a ceremony on December 5 prior to NC State's Heritage Game, James. T. Valvano Arena will be formally dedicated to the legendary coach who guided the Wolfpack to the 1983 national championship.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 11:33
    Derreck started a thread Maine 11/17 in Men's Basketball
    Pack takes on Main Saturday, 11/17, at 2 PM. Go Pack!
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 11:29
    Derreck replied to a thread Unca 11/13 in Men's Basketball
    With this win, the Pack become the first team in ACC history to win each of its first 3 games by 46 points or more. What I love, we had 15 turnovers, only made 7 3's, and still won by 51. That is a stat that shows hustle.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    14th November 2018, 11:11
    To cheat on your wife, though morally reprehensible, is not illegal. To beat your wife is. I realize Zach Smith is innocent until proven guilty but I don't get dragging Tom Hermans name through the mud. Whether innocent or guilty he seems like a disgusting person.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 23:52
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Unca 11/13 in Men's Basketball
    From what I have seen early of this team, Keatts seems to have them playing a nice game of team basketball. Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 20:12
    LSmith replied to a thread Unca 11/13 in Men's Basketball
    UNCA usually gives us fits. Not tonight as the Pack dominated 100-49. Daniels led the way with 20 points. The Pack had 5 players in double figures and 2 others with 9 each. The Packs press forced 24 turnovers. Markell went out early in the 1rst with a head injury. Hopefully was sitting due to protocol and not anything that will keep him out of the line-up too long.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 13:02
    My thought on this is it is about PT and this is just a PC announcement. Now to defend Steere, he committed prior Walker, Funderburke, and SJK committing. Steere is a 5 player in this system and that is a lot of bodies for one spot. So I can understand his thought process. And why wait until later to decide? By announcing now, he can transfer in December and be able to play next year. Its also hard for me to criticize transfers when the majority of our team is made up of transfers.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 11:24
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ L'Ville in Football
    Thanks for carrying the torch on this, Derreck.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 11:23
    Boiler plate public press announcement, and it might be entirely true and accurate. Honestly, it doesn't matter to me what the reasons are. It's a free country and people can do as they wish. But, the concept of loyalty is really a weak motivation for many. For reasons good or bad, personally, I just couldn't imagine signing an LOI and then asking for a transfer before the first regular season game is even played! Now, maybe that sense of duty to others can be a bad thing. I don't think it is, but other might. That's the beautiful thing about freedom. Folks get to live their lives as they wish, not as others wish. It likely isn't a case of being too far from home, as he hails from High Point, NC. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 11:10
    Honestly, the media fueled voyeurism is seedy. Actual violations of law can be fairly and impartially investigated and prosecuted as indicated by the evidence. Too many people in our society today want to turn the media into the courtroom or the investigative office, and that's where the evil really lies. Also, within the academia industry, there is a hyper-inflated sense of PC doctrine taken hold, that is also fueling a vengeance mentality. Mere accusation is enough now to get people fired and publicly ridiculed, and there is something very sinister in all that. The media in America has become a force for evil and harm. The media isn't fit to be a proper replacement for a courtroom, nor for law enforcement investigation. The media stokes public emotions simply to gin up subscriptions and ratings -- money! There used to be a mantra that said, "Better that a hundred guilty men go free than for one innocent man go to prison." Today, I seriously wonder how many people reject that value and have replaced it with a different view of destroying thousands in the hope that in the effort some great social crusade is realized. That's along the lines of another mantra, "Kill 'em all -- let God sort 'em out!" I know which value is more harmonious to a free and fair society. Sadly, I no longer think I'm in the majority on that! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 10:02
    Derreck replied to a thread @ L'Ville in Football
    Pack opens as a 15 point favorite
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 10:00
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2018/11/11/big-12-texas-coach-tom-herman-accused-adultery-former-ohio-state-coach/1972533002/ If you want to see the rantings of a person who has come unhinged, take a look at Smith's twitter account. Question is, is he telling the truth?
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 09:25
    Derreck replied to a thread Wake Forest in Football
    I will also like to add this, Cary and Emeka both dropped catchable balls in the endzone. Myers dropped one on the one yard line that he possibly could have turned and got the score. You make two of those 3 plays, we win this game. You make one of those 3, WF only ties us with that last score instead of winning. A lot of this is on the coaching staff, and I am not trying to absolve them of the blame, but it also falls on the players as well. We had a bad game, we need to learn from it and move on.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    13th November 2018, 07:13
    After meeting with Keatts, Steere announced he is transferring from State. Per Steere: My decision to transfer has nothing to do with playing time or any animosity towards Coach Keatts, the staff, or my teammates. My choice is strictly personal and I appreciate everything State has done for me.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th November 2018, 13:06
    Derreck replied to a thread Wake Forest in Football
    I was hesitant to click on this thread and I avoided the website all weekend knowing the reactions. Here is my thoughts on this: 1. It was a bad loss, no two ways around it. 2. Almost all schools have a WTF loss every single year save the few elite teams. We are not special in that regard. Kentucky just lost to a bad Tenn team for example. 3. Getting to 8 to 9 wins per year is a step up for us. TOB coached 6 years, two seasons with 8 wins or better and that was with two NFL QB's. Chuck coached 7 years, we had two seasons with 8 wins or better. And that was with an all time great QB. Mike O'Cain had 1 season with 8 wins or better in 7 years. You have to go all the way back to Sheridan who had 3 years of 8 wins or better out of 7 years. 4. The crap showing from the fans on Thursday night was bad. I was embarrassed as a fan. We LOVE to talk about how great a fan base we are, but we sure did not show it on a nationally televised game on a Thursday night. You think the way CF usually rocks in a game like this would not have had an effect on the players, for both teams?
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th November 2018, 08:49
    The thing to remember, that early on the FBI insulated that Early was involved. However, of all the coaches that were arrested, Early was not one. Also to add, during the actual trial, no evidence was put forth that Early was involved. In fact, I believe the bag man said he paid Smith's father directly. No mention of Early at all. Hopefully, I believe we will have to vacate the wins from the DSJ season, and maybe be given the "probation" tag but that is all I expect. We have been up front and cooperative with the NCAA since this has come out. Also the fact that the coaching staff that DSJ played for is gone helps us.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th November 2018, 08:43
    Steere is not leaving, yet anyway. He has been given time to think (thus why he did not dress this past game) and is supposed to meet with Keatts today. All I can say is that Keatts and staff were as caught off guard as anyone with this. Steere had shown no signs of having any issues/ animosity/ etc. So we will see what the outcome of todays meeting is.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th November 2018, 08:38
    Derreck started a thread Unca 11/13 in Men's Basketball
    Just Win Pack!
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th November 2018, 08:37
    Derreck started a thread @ L'Ville in Football
    Well, it will be yet another interesting week. We are going into a game where the HC was just canned. We have no idea what we are going to get. Just win!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 22:43
    I'm not sure that's entirely correct. I think even if we did not know, playing an ineligible athlete would at least cause us to vacate wins and titles. Of course, the season that Smith played ended up the bitter swan song for Gottfried, and given what we are learning, that end isn't merely poetic justice, but in a real sense a logical fallout from abandoning so many good principles just to get one player for one season. Again, I agree with your points regarding Early. Why would he be involved? But, the principles in the federal case are the ones who say he was. One reason would be that our coaching staff was working with our apparel company (Adidas) to gain control of that money to entice Smith to sign his LOI. I admit that I'm speculating, but we do know that there was a point in the recruiting of Smith that he became squishy on signing with NC State. Then, everything seemed to regain solidity. What you are also entirely correct about is that if the reports of Early's involvement are true, then the sanctions against NC State become much more severe, and as is so often the case, the athletes and coaches who are punished are the ones who had nothing at all to do with the crime! Perhaps the lesson here is the evils of selling your soul to the devil. Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 22:17
    And I am not saying with my above post that it is ok as far as what is happening between shoe companies and AAU programs. That is why there is an FBI investigation. I am saying that there is nothing in this deal that could hurt us as far as Smith's family receiving money from Adidas through his AAU participation unless someone employed by NC State or a booster of NC State was directly involved. The shoe companies are more concerned about getting their return on their investments when the player is drafted by the NBA. Not where they play in college. There is no reason for Early to get his greasy hands in this transaction unless the money was coming from NC State or a booster.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 22:14
    Strong points. The AAU circuit is the real culpable agent in all this, along with the apparel and agent money also. The AAU has turned into a semi-pro league for teenagers. I don't think that's the sort of stuff our children should be involved in. These sort of summer leagues have become a corrupt influence peddling operation. State legislation that would require AAU coaches to be non-paid volunteers would eliminate the money racket, and stiff felony sentences for taking money payments would do the trick. The irony of this is that I was a member of the AAU swimming sport in North Carolina, and my coach was the same Brooks Teal who eventually became the head swimming and diving coach at NC State. We weren't chased by agents and apparel companies and the thing is that AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union. There is noting whatsoever amateur about coaches getting huge wads of money! Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 22:03
    The question for me is not whether or why Dennis Smith's father was paid. He was a AAU coach who's team was sponsored by Adidas. Of course he was. My question is why in the HELL would Orlando Early be involved in distributing that money??? Shoe company sponsors funnel millions through AAU programs every year and the families of athletes are paid like it or not. Marvin Bagley's family bought them selves out of bankruptcy using such funds. Duke was in no way involved in that wink wink. There is no reason for Early to be involved in such transaction because it happens anyway and if he was he should go to jail. I mean think about it. Early says "Dennis, I am going to personally hand your Dad the 40k cash from Adidas that your Dad would get anyway if you play for NC State. Stupid!!!! And the NCAA will hammer us if Early's hands was involved in distributing that filthy cash. They do not have a history of forgiving that sort of thing regardless how the schools athletic department cooperates and fires the whole staff. Stupid!!!
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 19:39
    Interesting stat: After going 5-5 from the floor today Funderburk is a perfect 9-9 from the floor in 2 games. Include the exhibition against Chowan and he is a perfect 17-17. That includes 2 3 pointers. The dude has not missed a shot in 3 games.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 15:19
    Major respect for Beverly for playing so soon after surgery, plus also the fantastic Amish beard he's sporting! Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 14:15
    Pack wins big 95-49. This was impressive considering MES gave Georgetown all they could handle for most of their 1rst game before losing by 15.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 14:11
    The NCAA was in a holding pattern awaiting the outcome of the federal trial. The feds have now given the NCAA the green light to proceed with those investigations. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/25210341/ncaa-gets-approval-investigate-schools-college-basketball-corruption-case In addition to NC State, the investigations will likely include: Arizona Creighton Kansas, Louisville
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 13:56
    And to make it even more official, Steere did not suit up for this game today. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th November 2018, 13:47
    Tremendous insider secret going on here! Beverly played a total of 21 minutes and shot 4-10 (all from the three line) to finish with 12 points plus one assist. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401082838 Ken
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