ON THE FIELD AND COURT
Maroon Tigers at Full Strength as They Look to Make SIAC Title Run By LEE WILLIAMS ’17
HEN THE FINAL buzzer sounded after Morehouse’s 62-59 quarterfinal loss to Lane College in last season’s SIAC Basketball Tournament, there was a different sense of disappointment in the Maroon Tigers’ locker room. This was a team that finished the season 15-10, an underachievement for a squad loaded with potential, but marred by academic issues. “Last year, I was very disappointed because a lot of guys got in academic trouble,” said Morehouse head coach Grady Brewer ’80. “I thought our team last year was an NCAA Elite Eight or Final Four type of team at full strength. But this year, I am definitely looking forward to those guys we missed coming back.” One of those returning players is junior point guard Tyrius Walker, a former SIAC Freshman of the Year who led the team in minutes (30.4), scoring (13.4) and assists (3.3) before being forced to sit out second semester last season. “It feels good to be back and have the opportunity to play with my family and friends again,” Walker said. “I feel that, as team captain, Tyrius Walker ’18 I contribute a leadership role. Now, it’s my job to get this team to where we need to be and be the player me and my coaches know I can be.” Guard play will be the focal point of this year’s squad, which is projected to finish third in the SIAC East Division during preseason voting. Sophomore guard Ayinde Russell (14.4 ppg in 2015) looks to continue the momentum of a late season surge that led to his being named to the SIAC All-Tournament Team. Junior shooting guard Martravious Little is hoping to bring veteran leadership and a strong defensive presence that the team desperately missed last year. “I am ecstatic about this team and I cannot wait to be out there as co-captain,” Little said. “Our motto is ‘win by committing.’ Everyone has a job to do, and mine is to stop the best player on the opposing team and to score when needed. If everyone does their job, it will be hard to beat us.” n MOREHOUSE MAGAZINE
20162017 WINTER 20 FALL
MOREHOUSE COLLEGE 2016-17 BASKETBALL SCHEDULE JANUARY 2nd 5th 7th 14th 16th 21st 23rd 26th 30th
at Lane Kentucky State Central State Fort Valley State at Livingstone at Spring Hill at Paine Albany State at Clark Atlanta
Jackson, Tenn. Forbes Arena Forbes Arena Forbes Arena Salisbury, N.C. Mobile, Ala. Augusta, Ga. Forbes Arena Forbes Arena
3 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
FEBRUARY 2nd 6th 11th 14th 16th 18th 23rd
Benedict at Claflin at Benedict Clark Atlanta Miles Claflin Paine
Forbes Arena Orangeburg, S.C. Columbia, S.C. Forbes Aren Forbes Arena Forbes Arena Forbes Arena
MARCH 1st-4th SIAC Tournament
Home games in MAROON AND BOLD
7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m.