Brits in College 2020-21 - February/March -

Brits in College 2020-21 – February/March

We take a look at how the majority of the leading Brits in college finished their seasons with a look through the busy periods of the final two months.

NCAA Division 1

Amin Adamu opened February with three straight games with at least 15 points then closed the month with 21 on 8-of-11 shooting against Idaho. The senior guard poured in 29 points in a thrilling three-point win for MSU over #1 seed Southern Utah in the Big Sky Conference semi-finals with Jubrile Belo adding 22 points.

Belo had set his season-high with 24 points in February before exploding for 32 points without a miss from 13 attempts against Sacramento State. He posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Championship title game in a 10-point defeat.

Both players were named to the All-Tournament team and also received season honours with Adamu and Belo named to the All-Big Sky Third Team.

RJ Eytle-Rock had 23 points, six rebounds and three assists to lead UMBC (14-6) to victory over Stony Brook and repeated the 23-point feat against Vermont on his way to earning All-First Team honours in the America East.

Dan Akin added 14 points from the bench as UMBC avenged their loss to Vermont with Eytle-Rock scoring 15 points before putting up 18 points in their two-point semi-final loss in the Conference Tournament having been the #1 seeds.

Caleb Fuller enjoyed a strong start to the end of the season run with a career-high 30 points for UC Davis (10-8) in a loss at CSUN with half of his points coming from 17 free throw attempts. The junior forward netted 14 points in the next contest and also scored 13 points at the end of February with UC Davis falling to a semi-final loss in the Big West.

Robinson Idehen prevailed over Fuller and Ade Adebayo with UC Santa Barbara (22-4) before adding eight points and five rebounds in their Championship title win over UC Irvine. The senior forward had also recorded a best of 12 points at the start of March as his side won 10 of their last 11 games.

Mate Okros returned to action for Drexel (12-7) with 15 points to close out February’s action before going on to contribute 14 points off the bench to help his side clinch the CAA Tournament title, alongside fellow Brit Amari Williams.

Regular starter Micheal Anumba scored a personal best of eight points during the run-in, whilst contributing seven points as Winthrop (23-1) secured an 80-53 victory to be crowned Big South Conference winners.

Gedi Juozapaitis put up 17 points for Georgia Southern (13-13) during February and closed the month with 16 points before their season ended with defeat in the Sun Belt Conference Championship.

Kayne Henry began the final two months of the season with a best of 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting for Jacksonville (18-9) and would proceed to contribute double-digits in scoring in five of his last eight appearances. The senior guard/forward posted a first double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Gamecocks fell in the OVC Tournament semi-finals.

Nathan Robinson had his first start to open the penultimate month with Seattle and then netted 18 points in his first action of March. The junior guard then fired in a career-high of 27 points to lead the Redhawks to a 17-point win in the WA Conference Tournament opener.

They would fall in the semi-finals against Grand Canyon with Vasja Pandza netting five points in the previous meeting in what turned out to be his final game of the season. He had opened February with eight points and five rebounds.

Josh Ogundele scored a best of four points without a miss late on in a 102-64 win for Iowa (21-8) in March as they head into the NCAA Tournament after a semi-final defeat in the Big Ten Tournament.

Nelson Boachie-Yiadom had two points and five rebounds as Davidson (13-8) were beaten in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, but they did receive an invite into the NIT. Tariq Balogun had a season-high of 11 points to start February on 5-of-6 shooting, and also had eight points and eight rebounds in a busy schedule for EKU (22-7).

Meanwhile, Shaquille Walters had a best of 12 points having played three games in February before missing the rest of the season with Northeastern (10-9).

NCAA Division 2

Chris Feeney is a regular season and Conference Tournament title winner with Flagler (17-2) as they have also advanced to the Elite Eight stage of the NCAA DII Tournament.

Junior guard Sesan Russell has been dominant for Florida Tech (4-4) having started his season with 25 points before a 27-9-8 stat-line to open play in March. He then recorded his first triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Russell fired in 35 points in a 48-minute effort against Tampa in their Conference Tournament opener with fellow Brit Niall Harris also playing 40+ minutes with a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double for season bests.

Senior guard Jelani Watson-Gayle scored in double figures in five of his last six games for Miles (10-1) including a best of 23 points as well as 20 points to conclude the season.

Josh Apple scored at least 10+ points in all eight games during February before finishing the season in style with a career-high 28 points for Eastern Central (10-9) after going 11-of-13 from the field in a Conference Tournament defeat.

Obi Agu opened February with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for Northeastern State (5-17) before adding 11 points on two occasions to close out his season. Freshman forward Tomiwa Sulaiman had six points and eight rebounds in his season opener with IUP (1-1) before recording a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Sean Nealon-Lino began February with a best of 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting before adding 11 points in his final game for Fresno Pacific (11-5) – who went on to reach the NCAA DII Tournament.

Graduate student Melkisedek Moreaux scored a best of 12 points for Mercyhurst (12-1) during February with Joel Ufele also adding five points in the month as their side went on to lose their first game in the Round of 32 stage of the NCAA DII Tournament.

Sean Trumper had six points in an opening loss for Franklin Pierce (1-1), while Sam Van Oostrum netted 12 points as they avenged their defeat to American International. Morgan Carter netted a personal best of eight points for UM-Crookston (2-14) during February with Alex Gager hitting two threes for a season-high six points for CSUP (3-15).

Meanwhile, Eisley Swaine recorded seven points in a dominant 99-55 win for Findlay (18-5) in the G-MAC Tournament opener before they lost their semi-final by three points.

Robin Bedford had six points and five assists for Newberry (9-6) before netting a season-high of nine points at Mars Hill. Redshirt freshman Wesley Oba posted a best of seven points and six rebounds with Sioux Falls (7-5).

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