St. Gregory’s University will launch its 2011-12 basketball campaign at different sites Nov. 1, with the women hosting Bacone College and the men traveling to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Tip-off is 7 p.m. for both games.


St. Gregory’s University will launch its 2011-12 basketball campaign at different sites Nov. 1, with the women hosting Bacone College and the men traveling to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Tip-off is 7 p.m. for both games.
The Cavaliers and Lady Cavaliers, members of the Sooner Athletic Conference, will open the SAC portion of their schedules Thursday, Dec. 1, against visiting Oklahoma Christian.
The SGU men finished the 2010-11 season at 5-21, and they were last in the 12-team SAC at 2-20.
They will have a tough test at home in their second game as LSU-Shreveport — with a preseason rank of fourth — comes to W.P. Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. Nov. 4.
SGU’s homecoming festivities will be held Nov. 5 as the men face Southwestern Assemblies of God at 3 p.m., and the women face Oklahoma Wesleyan at 7 p.m. Prior to the start of the men’s game, the university will hold a special ceremony in recognition of SGU Athletic Director and former coach Don Sumner. In the 2 p.m. ceremony, which is open to the public, the court at W.P. Wood Fieldhouse will be named “Don Sumner Court.”
Two starters return for the Cavaliers — 6-6, 175-pound senior guard Brandon Jackson, and 6-3, 150-pound junior guard Fayzon Richey. Richey, from El Reno, was second in the nation in scoring last season and was an All-American honorable mention. He averaged 24 points.
Jackson, a 6-6, 175-pound senior guard, is from Oklahoma City. He attended Murray State prior to joining the Cavs.
Other players returning for the SGU men this season are Jay Valerius, John Clark, Terry Hubbard, Greg Batiste, Petar Milasinovic and Brock Vorwald. Clark missed last season with an injury, and SGU assistant men’s coach Todd Eilert said Batiste will not be eligible to play until the second semester.
Eilert said Clark is cleared to play this season, along with Vorwald, who was also injured for part of last year.
The Cavaliers’ newcomers this season include Alex Budke, son of Oklahoma State head women’s coach Kurt Budke. Also joining the team are Ron Waller, Dante Haynes, Pud Ross, Nathan Beene, Kyler Patterson, Ronnie Hishaw and Dale High School product Turner Coon.
“We’ve brought in a good group of talented kids to go along with the talented kids we have,” Eilert said. “We feel like it’s our strongest team since Coach (John) Martin got here.”
Martin is entering his fourth season as the Cavaliers’ head coach, and Eilert is in his fourth season as Martin’s assistant.
Women
St. Gregory’s ended its 2010-11 season tied with Sooner Athletic Conference foe USAO (the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma). Both teams, in last place in the conference’s 12-team standings, were 7-22 overall and 3-19 against SAC opponents.
A healthy amount of experience is back with the Lady Cavs, including returning starters Leticia Silva and Jalisa Howard. Silva, a 5-10 junior guard, is from Whitesboro, Texas, and Howard, a 5-7 senior guard, is from Houston.
She attended Blinn Junior College prior to joining St. Gregory’s.
Also returning with the Lady Cavaliers are Connelly Huddleston (5-7 sophomore guard), Christina Kurt (5-5 sophomore guard), Heather Anderson (5-7 junior guard) and Taylor Runyan (5-11 sophomore forward). Anderson is formerly a Dale High School player.
Newcomers for the Lady Cavs are Brittney Joseph, Tameka Scott, Tess Robbins, Baxlee Horton, Kalie Lucas, Kylie Mayes, Leah Hill and redshirt freshman Porsha Hall. Lucas, a 6-1 sophomore guard from Harrah, comes to SGU from Missouri State.
Kelly Archer, in his fourth season, serves as head coach of the Lady Cavaliers. Archer’s first-year assistant coach is Nicole Harris.
Note: To see the SGU rosters and 2011-12 schedules, see the Scoreboard.