UNCP guard Rose earns 2nd team All-Region honors

First Posted: 3/13/2015

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke junior Quamain Rose added another piece of hardware to his stable of awards on Friday afternoon as the Whiteville native became just the second men’s basketball player in program history to earn a spot on the Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Region Team, the organization announced.

Rose, a second team selection, was one of just five Peach Belt Conference players selected. He joins former teammate George Blakeney (2009-13) as the only UNCP players to be honored. Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Troran Brown of Montevallo, Columbus State’s Kenney Funderburk and DeAngelo Kirkland, and GRU Augusta’s Keshun Sherrill was also included on the team.

A first team all-PBC selection earlier this month, Rose has scored a team-best 14.4 points per game this season, while also averaging 6.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals per outing as well. The 2012-13 PBC Freshman of the Year has reached double-figure scoring numbers in 22 contests this season, while also registering three double-doubles and an NCAA-best two triple-doubles. He has also turned in four or more steals on nine occasions this season.

Rose and the 16th-ranked Braves (25-5) will return to action again today against PBC rival Columbus State (22-7) in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Southeast Regional in Harrogate, Tenn. Tipoff is scheduled for noon. Visit UNCPBraves.com to view live video and stat streams from the game.

Ownbey advances at NCAA wrestling tournament

ST. LOUIS — UNCP 141-pound wrestler Daniel Ownbey was the only member of his team to state in championship contention on Friday, winning his first two matches at the NCAA Division II wrestling tournament on Friday.

Ownbey got a 3-1 decision win in sudden victory in his opening match with Noah Killip, of Fort Hays State. He then beat McKendree’s Darren Wynn 7-3 in the quarterfinals to advance to today’s semifinal rounds. It guarantees him an All-American spot. With two more wins, Ownbey will be the first multi-time champion in school history.

Ownbey will be joined on day two of the event by teammate Chris Giddens who rebounded from a tough quarterfinal loss with a win in wrestleback action. Giddens secured his first career all-America award in the process as well. UNCP now boasts 29 all-Americans since 2002-03.

UNCP’s other two wrestlers — Juan Stimpson and Terrence Zaleski — won their first match but lost in the quarterfinals and were eliminated in their first round of wrestlebacks.

Fairmont softball wins to start season

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Fairmont softball team won its first two games to open the season, beating Jackson City (Kentucky) and Uniontown (Pennsylvania) on Friday at Myrtle Beach.

The Golden Tornadoes beat Jackson City 4-3 in the first game. Katelon Floyd threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts and didn’t allow a run until the final two innings as Fairmont went up 4-0 in the third. Harmony Oxendine went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run. Tiffany Hicks added a triple on a 1-for-4 outing.

In the second game, Fairmont beat Uniontown 4-2. The Tornadoes trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning but had Mya Strickland, Lindsay Barfield and Courtney McCormick all score on wild pitches to go ahead. Oxendine threw a complete game. Both Fairmont pitchers allowed three hits.

Fairmont baseball split its games, beating Uniontown 4-3 in its first game before losing 12-2 in six innings to Central Dauphin, also of Pennsylvania. The Fairmont boys are 2-1 this year after a win on Thursday.