Claflin’s Ricky Jackson wins DII Coach of the Year Award

Claflin University head men’s basketball coach Ricky Jackson is the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) 2017-2018 Clarence “Big House” Gaines Award recipient as the college basketball coach of the year for Division II.  Florida State University’s head men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton earned the honor for Division I.

Claflin beats Clark Atlanta to advance in NCAA DII Tournament

No. 3 seeded Claflin University defeated Clark Atlanta, 72-61, to advance to the 2018 NCAA DII Men’s Basketball South Region semi-final.  The win pushes the Panthers record to 26-6 overall.  Clark Atlanta close out the season at 24-6.  This is the second NCAA Regional win for Claflin and the first in nine years.  The Panthers defeated Valdosta State, 54-50, on March 14, 2009 in Lakeland, Fla.  Claflin then lost its second round game to Christian Brothers (3-15-09), 72-53.