Loss of Elliott Leaves Big Hole for FAMU

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Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union

Florida A&M basketball coach Mike Gillespie had high expectations for center Glen Elliott, a Bolles graduate and Temple University transfer.

But Elliott has been ruled academically ineligible after starting five games this season, leaving FAMU (3-10) to search for another inside presence.

"The loss of Glen was a tremendous blow. Here is a guy that we're counting on to be an all-league player," Gillespie said. "He didn't take care of what he had to do [academically]."

The loss of Elliott, who was averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in nine games, as well as that of guards Terrence Woods (20.3 ppg) and Demarcus Wilkins (14.3 ppg) from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, has contributed to the Rattlers' recent struggles.

Even though Elliott is only a junior, it is uncertain whether he will return to FAMU for his senior season.

"That option is still open, but, obviously, we have to see how he does academically," Gillespie said.

JU GOES WITH TWO POINT GUARDS

For a short while, Jacksonville University basketball coach Hugh Durham alternated juniors Jesse Kimbrough and Aubrey Conerly as the starting point guard.

But lately, Durham has decided to put Kimbrough and Conerly on the floor at the same time, and the move has paid off in the last two games.

Conerly came off the bench to tie his season high with 16 points in Saturday's 58-49 win over Lipscomb. Two days later, Kimbrough matched his season high with 17 points in Monday's 70-68 victory over Belmont.

"We complement each other pretty good. When we're both out there [on the floor], it's like we have two leaders out there," Kimbrough said. "If he gets it, I just run the wing. If I get it, he runs the wing."

Durham decided to go with the two point-guard set in hopes of creating a spark while backup shooting guard B.J. Surry continues to struggle from the floor. Durham said he plans to go with the duo of Kimbrough and Conerly until Surry rediscovers his shot.

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