Former Tennessee Temple Academy standout Jeremy Sexton of Chattanooga tied a Charleston Southern University basketball record with eight 3-point baskets in an 83-75 win last Saturday against High Point, when he scored a career-best 34 points on 12-of-13 shooting overall and made two steals. He was 8-of-9 on 3s, hitting his first eight. He had 15 points and a career-high six steals in a 74-68 comeback victory over UNC Asheville earlier in the week and was the Big South Conference men’s player of the week. The senior guard was 19-of-25 from the field for the two games.
• The Tennessee Temple University women’s basketball team edged host Tennessee Wesleyan 37-35 in a cold-shooting contest Monday in Athens, but the Wesleyan men salvaged a doubleheader split with a 93-79 victory featuring 22 points by Desmond Crisp and 16 by Tyler Burse. Shannon Smith added 13 points and Matt Harper and E’Jay Ward each had 11 plus three steals for the Bulldogs (14-7), Harper with 10 rebounds and Ward with five assists. Rashaud Bell scored 22 points and John Jones and Weedlens Beauvil had 15 points apiece and 10 and six rebounds for Temple (9-11), while P.J. Whittaker scored 14 points and Hampton Mack had six assists and five steals. Temple’s Lady Crusaders (8-13) had a 12-point lead but didn’t make a field goal in the last 7:51. Amanda Rector scored 16 points and Alexis McGhee had 10 points and nine rebounds for Temple (8-13), winning its third game in a row despite shooting 27.1 percent from the field. Cody Houck had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Lauren Murr was next with nine points for the Lady Bulldogs (10-8), who shot 25 percent.
• The Georgia Northwestern men’s basketball team beat the Covenant College junior varsity 70-57 Monday at Covenant, with Hunter Ivester totaling 22 points and six steals and Richard Olsen making nine of 11 free throws in scoring 20 points for the Bobcats (6-13). Matt Turner, Matt Dulk and Matt Brunjes scored 14 points each for Covenant.
• Longtime University of Kentucky coach Keith Madison and former major league pitcher Don Gordon will lead a Score International Baseball Clinic this Saturday in the 12,000-square-foot Fury Academy indoor facility. It’s an “all skills” clinic hosted by Fury Academy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and limited spots are available at $75 per participant. Pre-registration and advance payment is required; see firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Madison, the director of baseball outreach for locally based SCORE International, coached more than 700 wins in his 25 years at Kentucky before his 2003 retirement. Gordon, SCORE’s director of international baseball, played pro ball for 10 years in the Tigers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Indians organization and has been involved in clinics and mission trips in more than 20 countries.
• Nearly 200 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletes, coaches and athletic department staffers participated Sunday afternoon in the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack by assembling, packing and boxing meals for needy children through the world. The city’s part in the national campaign was Jan. 16-20 with more than 1.5 million meals packed. “Our student-athletes are always getting involved with community-service projects, but most of them are done on a team-by-team basis,” UTC interim athletic director Laura Herron said in a school release. “This was a unique opportunity for them to work together as a department on a community-wide project.” Members of the cross country, track and field, football, soccer, women’s golf, volleyball and women’s tennis teams were involved Sunday.
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