Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UNF Men Nearing Best Season in Three Years

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UNF Men Nearing Best Season in Three Years

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With five regular-season games remaining, UNF is almost guaranteed of putting together its best season in the past three years.

And, with a little luck and some Peach Belt Athletic Conference tournament wins, the Ospreys could be headed for the best season in school history.

"We're not there yet," said UNF coach Sidney Green, whose Ospreys were 10-11 after last night's victory over USC Spartanburg.

The Ospreys have won seven of their last nine games behind guard Antoine Stokes, who has averaged 20 ppg since joining the starting lineup when freshman point guard John Brennan went down with a broken bone in his hand.

"He's been producing extremely well scoring-wise and at the point guard spot," Green said of Stokes, who earned PBAC Player of the Week honors last month. "We were looking at Antoine playing mostly the 2 spot, but now that we've put in him the point guard spot since John went down, he's been great.

"When the ball's in his hands, he does make things happen."

Brennan returned last night, and Green said he will see time at shooting guard.

Also returning last night was forward George McCleod, who missed Wednesday's game with a hand injury. McCleod is UNF's second-leading scorer (15.1 ppg) and leading rebounder (7.7 rpg), and he has less pressure to carry the offense because of Stokes' play.

The success this season means UNF could challenge the 1993-94 team, which won 15 games, for most wins. Since that season, UNF has posted double-digit win totals only twice (10 in 1994-95 and 14 in 1995-96).

KITE APOLOGIZES -- Seminole Community College assistant basketball coach Greg Kite, a former NBA player, apparently lost his temper and followed the officials to their dressing room following his team's loss at Florida Community College at Jacksonville last Saturday.

Kite, who could not be reached for comment, apparently was upset about several calls near the end of Seminole's 80-75 loss.

FCCJ coach Gregg Gierke said Kite later came up to him and apologized for his actions. …

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