Men’s basketball seeks improvement

Sophomore Jared Carithers goes for a shot during Saturday’s match-up against Lynchburg that ended in a 70-51 ODAC loss for Shenandoah.

(’DOAH PHOTO BY JESSICA RICHARDSON) Sophomore Jared Carithers goes for a shot during Saturday’s match-up against Lynchburg that ended in a 70-51 ODAC loss for Shenandoah.

Byron J. Mitchell, ‘Doah Staff Writer
January 23, 2013

Junior point guard Bryce Mitchell — head captain of the SU men’s basketball team — isn’t happy with the way the season has gone so far, but he believes the team has been getting better each time they take the court.

“This is not what I expected but progress has been made,” said Mitchell. “I think we have improved in every single game, but we have to do a lot better then what we’ve been doing.”

The Hornets have started the 2012-2013 winter season off with a 3-13 overall record and are 0-7 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Their last victory came over Marymount College in late November.

During S.U.’s nine game losing streak, head coach Rob Pryor made some changes to the lineup in an attempt to bring more offense to the start of games. Sophomore Jared Carithers, a transfer from Lynchburg College, has become the team’s starting point guard, while Mitchell took over the roll of the sixth man.

Carithers has brought a strong energy to the offense and has become the team’s leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game. The 5-foot-11-inch, 165 pound guard is shooting a team best of 43.1 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line. He scored a career high of 35 points in the Hornets 81-69 loss over Dickinson College on Dec. 12.

“He’s doing a great job running the ball and scoring the point,” said Mitchell. “He’s an athletic player who’s going to score any way he has too. Once he gets going he doesn’t stop.”

Also playing a key role for S.U. this season is Sharif Almulla, a freshmen guard from Orlando, Fla. Almulla is second on the team in points per game at 10.1, and is shooting a team best of 40.7 percent from three-point range.

Forward Shaquille Rodney is another freshmen shining early for the Hornets. He’s a strong rebounder who can score in the paint and shoot well from three.

Mitchell believes Rodney is a hustle player who brings energy to the floor and isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. “He’s probably the best player when it comes to rebounding and just doing all the dirty work on the court.”

S.U. has nine games left this winter season — four at home, and five on the road — and are still in search of their first ODAC victory.

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