Men triumph, women fall in Homecoming basketball games

Freshman Jared Hendryx scores in the Homecoming game verses Brevard College on Feb. 8.Mary Stringini | The Queens Chronicle

Freshman Jared Hendryx scores in the Homecoming game verses Brevard College on Feb. 8.

The men’s basketball team won 84-74 and the women’s team fell 61-39 as they rivaled Brevard College on Feb. 8 in two games, which were the final events for Homecoming week. The stands were packed with loud cheering from roughly 1,400 attendees – the largest ever in the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation’s Curry Arena.

For the women, sophomore guard Nikia Squire led the Royals with 12 points while senior forward Shonice Pettaway added 10 points.

Leading the Royals men in their Homecoming victory was senior guard Jarrett Stokes, who scored 25 points. Senior forward Josh Clyburn added 19 points and six rebounds, while senior wing David Mason chipped in with 16 points and 13 rebounds for a double double. The Royals won in great fashion, their largest lead being 20 points at one point in the game.

The halftime show brought the announcement of Homecoming king and queen by alumnus Peyton Doyle, last year’s homecoming king, and Kristin Diemer, vice president of the Student Government Association. The winners of the crown were seniors Rami Kuseybi and Blair Kitrick.

Students sported free “swag items” given out by Campus Union Board during the games, such as blue and gold pom poms and lion head souvenirs.

Other teams played on Saturday besides men’s and women’s basketball. The basketball games were the main event for the day since they were considered the Homecoming games and the last event for the week, but how did other athletes who don’t play on the basketball teams feel about this?

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“I don’t think the basketball games took away from our game,” said Spencer Corkery, a sophomore on the men’s lacrosse team. “There was still a good crowd that showed up to cheer and support us.”

Jennifer Goodman, a junior on the softball team, also didn’t think the basketball games affected a crowd from showing up to their games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. She thought the times of her games were at perfect times, so there was “no reason for Royals fans not to show up.”

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