Basketball teams dive into season

Thursday’s scheduled home game against Savannah State has been moved to Savannah, Ga. A new scoreboard will be installed in the Al Lawson Center which will prevent the game from taking place.

Monday’s home game against Albany State has also been moved. The game will take place 7 p.m. in Gaither Gymnasium.

Women prevail in Tampa

FAMU’s women’s basketball team pulled off a major upset by beating USF in overtime, 73-68.

“The [win] was a big morale booster, and also was a good way to start out the season with a win against a pretty good team in a pretty good conference,” said freshman Antonia Bennett.

Head coach LeDawn Gibson was also happy with the team’s performance, emphasizing that it was their cohesiveness and teamwork that helped the team win.

“They played together, they played with heart, and they played with a refuse-to-lose attitude, and that’s what got us over the hump,” Gibson said.

It was that attitude, along with fast recovery from mistakes that helped the team defeat USF.

“Usually when we make a mistake we start yelling at each other, but we came together even after the mistakes and I think that helped a lot,” Durden said.Coach Gibson stated it was an important win for the “FAMU family” and hopes that this is the first of many winning games to come.

Men fall in Atlanta

The Florida A&M University Rattlers men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, 100-59 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from the ACC.

“It was a hard fought game and they came to play,” Walker said about Georgia Tech.Down 21-50 at halftime, the Rattlers went into the locker room with one goal: stop giving the Yellow Jackets so many easy buckets.

“We made up in our minds not to give up lay-ups at halftime,” Walker said. The loss on Saturday was an early test for the Rattlers who have only played two games so far this year.

“We wanted to give it our all and learn from the experience,” Walker said.

The Rattlers had plenty to take away from this game, but whether they truly learned anything or not will be indicative of how well they respond and execute in upcoming games.

The Rattlers will continue their four game road trip with another exhibition game Tuesday evening against the Creighton University Bluejays from the Missouri Valley Conference.

The game will be held in Omaha, Neb.