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Former Newton star Croone shines for Furman

Stephen Croone had one of his finest games at the collegiate level Tuesday as the sophomore scored 30 points in a win over Gardner-Webb.

The Newton graduate made 10-of-19 field goal attempts and added six rebounds in 34 minutes in the 75-64 victory. The 6-0 guard also tripled his scoring output from the Paladins’ season opener against Sewanee, though he did contribute seven rebounds, four steals and three assists to go along with his 10 points as the Southern Conference school won 66-49.

Croone is coming off a freshman campaign that saw him average a team-best four assists and 9.9 points, which was second on the team. Furman (2-0) hosts Florida Gulf Coast and former Rockdale stand out Bernard Thompson Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Richardson shines in debut

Houston, TX - Breanna Richardson made quite an impact in her first collegiate game, scoring a team-high 14 points for Mississippi State in a 76-68 win over Houston.

Richardson, a Rockdale graduate, made 7-of-17 shots from the field and added four rebounds. The Bulldogs hosted Jackson State Wednesday in a game that ended too late for this edition.

Young Auburn stays unbeaten

Auburn, AL - The Auburn women’s basketball is an exciting, youthful group, which includes former Alcovy stand out Meagan Tucker, and a good portion of that youth was on display Wednesday.

Sophomore Tra’Cee Tanner scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half, freshman Brandy Montgomery added 15 points and the Tigers moved to 2-0 with a 66-49 over Jacksonville State at Auburn Arena.

Peyton Davis, one of only two seniors on the roster, added 14 points for Auburn, which held the visiting Gamecocks (0-2) to just 29 percent shooting (15-of-51).

The freshman Tucker picked up her only basket of the night with 11:17 to go in the opening half as her lay up gave Auburn a 12-8 lead. Later, Tucker assisted on a 3-pointer by Montgomery, part of Montgomery’s 11-point first half, and the Tigers went from a two-point lead to a 21-13 cushion in a seven-minute stretch when Tucker was on the court.

In her first college game, Tucker scored six points in 26 minutes of the Tigers’ win over Georgia Southern.