Monday’s roundup: Former Abbey coach meets UNC on Tuesday, Charlotte 49ers take 1st win, Panthers update
By Richard Walker
Former Belmont Abbey College head coach Billy Taylor will be on the sidelines for the University of Iowa when the No. 3-ranked Hawkeyes host No. 16 North Carolina in Tuesday night’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Taylor is in his fifth year overall and second year in a row on the Iowa bench as an assistant coach for head coach Fran McCaffrey.
McCaffrey was an assistant coach at Notre Dame when Taylor was a player in the 1990s and also hired Taylor as one of his assistant coaches at UNC-Greensboro in 1999.
At Belmont Abbey, Taylor helped the Crusaders to a 49-42 record in three seasons from 2016 to 2019, including 23-8 mark in the 2018-19 season.
The Panthers now have 10 players on the COVID-19/Injury List after adding eight on Monday.
Last week, Carolina placed defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos and practice squad defensive tackle Bruce Hector were placed on that list and on Monday, the Panthers added wide receivers D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, defensive tackles Derrick Brown and Zach Kerr, linebacker Shaq Thompson, offensive tackle Greg Little, punter Michael Palardy and practice squad wide receiver Ishmael Hyman to the list.
The Panthers’ (4-8) next game is Sunday at 1 p.m. at home against Denver.
College men’s basketball
Charlotte 78, South Carolina State 40: Twenty-two unanswered points in the second half turned a competitive game at Halton Arena into a blowout for the 49ers (1-2).
Brice Williams’ 14 points led a balanced Charlotte attack that also got 12 points from Jahmir Young, 11 from Jackson Threadgill and 10 apiece from Jordan Shepherd and Jhery Matos.
The 49ers play again on Friday at 5 p.m. at home against Appalachian State.
Surratt honored: The Pacific Club Impact Foundation on Monday named its 24 Semi-Finalists for the 17th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, among them former East Lincoln High standout Chazz Surratt of North Carolina.
Six finalists for the award, which is based on Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, will be announced Jan. 8 with the winner being announced Feb. 21 at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach. The university of the winner will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund.
Surratt, a senior linebacker for the Tar Heels, is one of four ACC semifinalists; The others are Duke defensive end Victor Dimukeje, Pittsburgh defensive end Patrick Jones II and Notre Dame rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
Sciba honored: The Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Monday announced former Clover High kicker Nick Sciba of Wake Forest is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.
This marks the second consecutive season the Clover, S.C. native earned semifinalist consideration. He is one of just five kickers that were named semifinalists in the last two seasons.
College women’s basketball
Charlotte game cancelled: One day after falling to 0-4 on the season in an 81-75 loss at North Carolina, the 49ers found out their next game will be cancelled to COVID-19 concerns.
Charlotte was to play Dayton on Thurday at 4 p.m. The 49ers next game is slated for Dec. 15 at home against county rival Davidson.
Smith honored: Gardner-Webb guard-forward Alasia Smith was named freshman of the week in the Big South Conference on Monday.
Smith, from Johnson City, Tenn., nearly averaged a double-double with 9.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in games at Auburn, Richmond and Virginia Tech last week.