UWF Men’s Basketball Falls To Seminoles 79-58 in Exhibition Game

first_img Oct. 31, 2007TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The UWF Men’s Basketball team, starting three newcomers, fell a little short Wednesday night in Tallahassee, as Florida State controlled the boards on the way to a 79-58 victory over the Argos. The Seminoles out-rebounded West Florida by a 40-29 margin, and roared out to a 50-24 halftime lead. The Argos outscored the Seminoles in the second half 34-29, thanks to some hot shooting from Max Hoggard (So. / Micanopy, Fla.). Hoggard lead the Argos with 16 points, and tied FSU’s Uche Echefu for the game high.West Florida shot only 39% from the field in the first half, but stepped it up in the second half by connecting on five of ten tries from three point land. Hoggard was good for three of the three pointers, and was also a perfect 3-3 from the Free Throw line. Meanwhile, Forward Charles Bouie (Jr. / Pahokee, Fla.) had a strong night for the Argos with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Florida State had four starters finish with double figures, as Jason Rich (11), Toney Douglas (11), and Isaiah Swann (10) joined Echefu as the scoring leaders.Guard Rod Doss (Jr. / Athens, Ala.) chipped in nine points for West Florida, while point guard Deondre Boynton (Jr. / Pompano Beach, Fla.) added six points and three assists. Forward Vitor Boccardo (Sr. / Rio De Janiero, Brazil) finished with six points, while Guard Josh Jackson (Jr. / Madison, Wisc.) added five. Wing player Kenny Holmes (Jr. / Slidell, La.) came off the bench and grabbed seven rebounds for the Argos. West Florida will play another Exhibition against a Division I team this Friday, when they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a game against the Razorbacks. Coach Don Hogan likes the challenge, and knows that it is a great measuring stick for his team to play against teams with very talented inside players. “I thought our kids battled, played hard and didn’t give up,” Hogan said. “We’ve got nine new players, and we have been going for two weeks and trying to see who knows what. But I was pleased with how our guys competed and banged physically.” Print Friendly Version Share UWF Men’s Basketball Falls To Seminoles 79-58 in Exhibition Gamelast_img read more

Carver: I pick the team

first_img Press Association Asked if he would be happy to be a “yes man”, he replied: “Let me tell you, I am definitely not that kind of person. “The conversations I’ve had with the club have been honest and frank and straight about the team. Obviously I’ve got to give my opinions about individuals and I’ll give my honest opinion about what I think. “What I won’t have is anybody telling me, for example, what team to pick. ‘Should you not pick him ahead of him?’ – I won’t have that and I won’t stand for that. As soon as that situation – If that situation – started to develop, then I would stop it straight away. “I’m quite happy to work under the parameters of being the head coach, organising the team, running the team and picking the team. I’m happy with that. “But once we go into the realms of other people telling me which team to play and all that, that’s not the realm of the head coach. “In fairness, myself and (managing director) Lee (Charnley) have a good understanding on that because we both made it quite clear at one of our first meetings when we sat down and discussed it. “I can guarantee to people out there that I’m definitely not going to be a yes man. I’m going to be myself, I’m going to do it the way I want to do it. If I’m successful, then great. If I’m not, at least I can say at the end of the day that I did it my way, and then I’ve got nobody else to blame.” Last Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Hull – the first of Carver’s reign to date – was a case in point with the 50-year-old revealing he exchanged text messages with Charnley before the game in which the line-up was never discussed. He said: “I’ve got to tell you, we played Hull last weekend and I got a text message from Lee Charnley saying, ‘Good luck’, so he didn’t even know what the team was. “I have texted him the team some times this season, but I didn’t at Hull and I won’t be doing so this weekend. “I won’t be telling him – I don’t have to. I pick the team. I don’t pick the Rangers team, mind.” Just who does pick the Rangers team has been a topic of intense debate in recent days, but Carver was steadfast when asked if his five loanees have it written into their contracts that they must play if they are fit. He said: “Absolutely not. If they go up there and aren’t good enough to get into the team, that’s our problem. “Could you imagine me being the Rangers manager and all of a sudden these guys come to Rangers and they’re saying these lads have got to play?” Carver was also quick to dismiss suggestion from full-back Davide Santon’s girlfriend that the Italian was pushed out by the club to re-join Inter Milan on loan. He said: “I’ve got to be honest I think it’s a great move for him. It’s the club he’s come from, it’s where he’s from and maybe his girlfriend just finds it difficult because she’ll have to move over there. “From a footballing point of view, it’s a great situation for him and for us. He wasn’t pushed out.” Newcastle head coach John Carver has insisted he would not stand for boardroom intervention in team selection. Carver, who has been handed the reins at St James’ Park until the end of the season, is adamant he and he alone will pick the team amid claims that Rangers boss Kenny McDowall has been told he must play the five loan players the Magpies have sent up to Ibrox on loan. Derek Llambias, the former Newcastle managing director now running day-to-day affairs at Rangers as chief executive, has since denied that, but Carver would not truck any interference of that nature at St James’ Park. last_img read more