Dale Brown Takes Helm on Clark Atlanta Hardwood
Brown eager to continue CAU's winning success
Atlanta, GA (June 29, 2011)—Clark Atlanta University President, Dr. Carlton E. Brown, announced Dale Brown as the next head coach of CAU men’s basketball program during a press conference today. Brown comes to Clark Atlanta after a three-year stint at Dillard University in New Orleans.
“We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete and coach of Dale Brown’s caliber to join the Clark Atlanta University sports program. We believe that his insistence on excellence and his demonstrated record of character building and personal development among members of his teams speak volumes about what we believe he will add to the Panther basketball program. “We are excited about going into the 2011-2012 season with Coach Brown,” Clark Atlanta University President Dr. Carlton E. Brown said.
Brown, a Mississippi native, who was a stand-out at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCC), is tabbed as one of the best players in Mississippi Junior College (JUCO) history. He was a first team JUCO All-American and the 1991 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Brown helped lead the Bulldogs to a 33-4 record and back-to-back Region 23 titles. For his accomplishments, Brown was inducted into in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
After two successful years at MGCC, his talents landed him a scholarship to the University of Kentucky under the leadership of legendary coach Rick Pitino where he was instrumental in carrying the Wildcats to the 1993 NCAA Final Four. During his career at Kentucky, he was named a two-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) Defensive Player of the Year (1992 and 1993) and the SEC Newcomer of the Year (1992).
“I am truly excited and honored to be a part of the Clark Atlanta University family as the new head men’s basketball coach. It is my goal to continue to build upon and strengthen the foundation of excellence in academics, athletics and community service already in place here,” said Brown.
After a brief run in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Sacramento Kings, Brown played with several European teams in Greece, Italy, Australia and France. His coaching career began as an assistant coach in the NBA Developmental League where he coached 15 players who were granted opportunities to play in the NBA and European basketball leagues. He then served as the associate and interim head coach at Pikeville College for one season before returning to Mississippi Gulf Coast as an assistant. Perhaps his most decorated season as a head coach came in 2007 when he led Moss Point High School to the best record in school history (32-6) and a Mississippi state semi-finals appearance.
Following completion of his associate’s degree at MGCC, he received the bachelor’s in leadership from the University of Kentucky, and subsequently earned his master’s degree in teaching with technology from Ashford University.
“He brings a great knowledge of the game with a history of success and a background, particularly as a player, that can motivate and inspire young players to successful endeavors beyond the basketball court,” said Associate Athletic Director D’Wayne Robinson. “Coach Brown is a great coach not only for the CAU men’s basketball program, but also CAU athletics.”
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March 5 , 2011
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CAU Stamps its Ticket Back to NCAA Division II Regional Tournament
Atlanta, GA- It was a moment of sheer bliss for anyone associated with Clark Atlanta University Saturday as the fourth-seeded Panthers claimed its first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship in 46 years after a 78-71 win over second-seeded Stillman College Saturday and earned a trip back to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament.
This is also the team’s first conference tournament championship under the helm of fifth-year head coach Darryl Jacobs who will lead his team to its second consecutive national tournament appearance. CAU earned an automatic bid as conference champions in the field of 64, announced Sunday night, that placed the Panthers at the No. 8 seed against top seed and regional host University of Alabama-Huntsville (26-4) in the first round that begins Saturday, March 12, in Huntsville, Alabama. Follow the Panthers on their quest for an NCAA championship and get full tournament coverage including the latest scores, game times, stories and brackets at www.ncaa.com.
“I am truly happy for this team and especially the seniors who deserve this championship,” said Jacobs. “We came close last season and for the seniors to go out with a championship and another opportunity at a regional and national championship is a great feeling.”
The Panthers channeled their energies and played like a team on a mission throughout the whole tournament. They reached the championship game after a 66-52 first round win over No. 13 Lane College, followed by an 81-62 thrashing of Kentucky State before racing past top-seeded Benedict College 81-62 in the semi-finals.
Senior David Brown, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player reflected, “We worked so hard this season and our goal all year long was to win the conference championship and nothing less. Our coaches prepared us mentally and physically for this moment.”
It was all Panthers in the first half of the championship game as they dominated on both ends of the floor shooting 53 percent from the field (20-of-38) and 84 percent from the foul line while holding Stillman to 39 percent from the floor. CAU’s defense forced 11 turnovers and had six steals in the period. Brown and senior Najee Lane led the way offensively in the first half recording 13 and 12 points, respectively while Royce Hamiliton chipped in eight. The Panthers enjoyed a seemingly comfortable 23-point halftime lead with momentum on their side.
In the blink of an eye, that momentum quickly shifted as the second half got under way. CAU went cold for most of the second period with its first field goal coming at the 12:12 mark on a 3-pointer by reserve Antonio Burch who finished with seven points. The Tigers took advantage of the opportunity and stormed their way back into the game on a 32-9 run with seven minutes remaining and knotted the game at 59. Kevin Johnson led the charge with 7 of his team-high 17 points and two blocks during the stretch.
However, a true test of team character came at the 5:29 mark as the Panthers glaringly stared at a 64-61 deficit when Stillman’s Lee Riley found the bottom of the net on a 3-point basket.
“We have been in this situation plenty of times this year, but maturity showed in our team tonight and we took care of business,” said Lane.
Despite only three team field goals up to this point, Brown knocked down two huge jump shots and paced the Panthers as they orchestrated a 17-7 run to close out the game.
“Our guys persevered and the team’s character determined how we prevailed in the end,” Jacobs added.
Senior Julius Sudds, who was perfect from the charity stripe on eight attempts, recorded 12 points and nabbed a team-high eight rebounds, including three on the offensive glass for the Panthers while fellow senior Kenneth Hunter contributed nine points going 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
“I have seen this team mature from boys to men, especially our ‘super seniors’,” noted CAU Athletic Director Dr. Tamica Smith Jones. “Our three A’s motto in athletics gets us back to the basics by placing an emphasis on Academics first, serving as Ambassadors to our campus and community and producing Athletic championships. It was another great day to be Panther.”
Brown and Lane were named to the All-Tournament team while Jacobs received Coach of the Tournament honors. Clark Atlanta finished the regular season 22-8 overall.
March 4, 2011
CAU Knocks off No. 1 Benedict to Advance to Championship
Atlanta, GA- Collectively, the fourth-seeded Panthers played like a team on a mission as they raced past No. 1 seed Benedict College 75-52 to advance to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship Saturday for the second consecutive year.
Clark Atlanta will vie for its first men’s basketball conference championship since 1965, Saturday, March 4, in an 8 p.m., match-up at Forbes Arena on the campus of Morehouse College against the winner of Stillman College and Tuskegee University. The championship game will be streaming live via internet at www. majicgroove.com. Full tournament details can be found at www.thesiac.com
February 12, 2011
Clark Atlanta Faltered in Second Game of AUC Rivalry
Atlanta, GA- An AUC battle with seven lead changes and 10 ties had a different outcome this time around as Clark Atlanta University (13-6, 12-5) stumbled against Morehouse College (9-10, 9-8) in a 71-67 loss Saturday at Forbes Arena.
The Panthers, who are ranked ninth in the NCAA south region, maintained the lead for much of the first half and clutched onto a four-point halftime advantage. To open the second half, Morehouse put together a quick run and took its first lead of the period 46-45 after five minutes of play.
After exchanging the lead for a five minute stretch, Roderick Williams gave the Maroon Tigers the lead on two free throws to add to his team-high 19 points. Their lead extended to eights points at the 3:30 mark and although senior guard, Najee Lane, moved CAU within two points on a lay-up with 1:11 remaining, it was not enough as Morehouse held on for the win.
The Panthers outscored Morehouse off the bench, 26-20, with Junior Royce Hamilton topping all reserves with 16 points and eight rebounds, including four on the offensive boards. Kenneth Hunter also chipped in 10 points and four assists for the Panthers.
Lane, Clark Atlanta’s leading scorer, contributed a game-high 19 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes of play. Other starters, David Brown and Julius Sudds, added 10 points each.
Morehouse forward Dana Kendrid finished with 15 points and a game-high 11 points followed by Daniyal Faquir with 11 points.
In game one of this rivalry in January, Clark Atlanta downed the Maroon Tigers 77-68.
CAU will begin a four game road trip at LeMoyne Owen (2/14), Lane (2/15), Miles (2/16) and Fort Valley (2/19) before returning home for Senior Night (2/22).
February 4, 2011
Panthers Hold Off Paine College
Atlanta, GA-The eighth-ranked Panthers of Clark Atlanta University (12-4, 11-3) rose to the occasion and held off the Paine College Lions (8-12, 8-11) for an 80-71 victory in conference action at home Tuesday.
With four ties and six lead changes in the first half, the Panthers found themselves in an almost even battle with the Lions heading into halftime with a slim 35-33 edge. Senior Najee Lane guided CAU for much of the period with 16 points.
Senior guard, David Brown, found his range and picked up the slack in the second half scoring 12 of his game-high 21 points. The Panthers were explosive in the deciding period and opened a 17-point lead in the first six minutes on a 24-9 run which was enough to keep the Lions at bay.
Lane finished with 21 points as well and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, half of them on the offensive boards. Julius Sudds added nine points, four assists and seven rebounds while Dishone Gregory contributed eight points and four rebounds off the bench.
Thomas Broughton led Paine with 20 points while Mario Jordan and Marshall McFadden finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. David Waldburg was the game’s leading rebounder with nine for the Lions.
With the win, the Panthers move to 11 conference wins as they vie for the top spot in the SIAC. CAU was second in the conference before today’s win and has cracked the top 10 in the NCAA Division II South Region poll released Wednesday. It is the highest regional ranking for Clark Atlanta who was ranked 17th nationally.
The Panthers will host Benedict College, as conference play continues, Saturday at 8 p.m.
February 2, 2011
CAU Records Fourth Consecutive Conference Win
Atlanta, GA-Four Panthers in double figures paced Clark Atlanta (11-4, 10-3) to its fourth consecutive win with a 78-65 victory on the road against Albany State (6-13, 6-9) Tuesday.
CAU’s leading scorer, Najee Lane, led the pack with a game-high 22 points and five rebounds along with fellow seniors David Brown and Julius who finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Junior guard/forward Royce Hamilton chimed in with 11 points and four rebounds while Sudds topped the Panthers with six boards and four steals in 35 minutes of play.
Clark Atlanta led in the entire game although the Rams staged a second half comeback attempt and moved within one point, 38-37, with 14 minutes left. CAU kept its poise and finished the game with a 13 point advantage. The Panthers made good on 24-of-48 field goals shots while the Rams made 44 percent of their field goal attempts.
Marcus Benitez contributed a team-high 19 points and five rebounds, and Johnathan Hines added nine points for Albany State.
Next, the Panthers will be at home against Paine College Thursday and Benedict College Saturday at 8 p.m.