College Postcards


February 23, 2005|By Bill Free

Jack McClinton is coming home tomorrow night.

The Siena College freshman point guard from Calvert Hall will be playing in Baltimore for the first time in two years when Siena (5-22) plays an improved Loyola College (6-19) team at Reitz Arena at 7 p.m.

"I'm not going to be playing for the people out there who haven't seen me play," said McClinton, who played a season at South Kent (Conn.) Prep before enrolling at Siena. "I'm going to go out there and try to get my team a win. Once you start playing for somebody else, that's when you have mental downfalls."

McClinton, 6 feet 1, had a rare off-game against the Greyhounds at Siena, scoring five points on two-of-15 shooting from the field in a 68-55 loss. He has led the team in scoring (16.5 points a game) and rebounding (6.0) since taking over the starting point guard position 19 games ago. Overall, he is averaging 13.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and a team-leading 2.6 assists.

He has won or shared the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors five times and could become the highest-scoring freshman in school history.

McClinton had a career-high 30 points and eight rebounds Sunday in a 78-69 victory against Rider. He hit nine of 14 from the field, completing a three-game week in which he averaged 20.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists and hit 20 of 22 free throws.

McClinton is tied with Manhattan's C.J. Anderson for the rookie scoring lead in the MAAC (15.9 ppg).

Also contributing to the Siena effort this season is 6-4 junior swingman Antoine Jordan (Randallstown), who has started 19 games and leads the team in steals with 43. Jordan also averages 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Sheridan, Ga. Tech on tear

Georgia Tech junior shortstop Christine Sheridan (Archbishop Spalding) continued her hot hitting Sunday, as the No. 16 Yellow Jackets ran their season-opening winning streak to 13 by sweeping a softball doubleheader to take the Lady Panther Invitational.

Sheridan had two hits in a 1-0 win over Evansville in the championship game at Georgia State. She raised her batting average to .475, which is a close second on the team. She leads in slugging percentage (.675), home runs (two) and RBIs (nine).

Sheridan is playing her first season at Georgia Tech after transferring from East Carolina. She was The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year as a senior at Spalding.

Gross steady

UNC-Greensboro senior forward Josh Gross (Long Reach) is putting together a consistent final season. Entering last night's game, he was averaging 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds, while starting 24 of 25 games.

Gross, 6-8, also has 26 steals and 11 blocks for the Southern Conference school, which is 7-7 in the league and 14-11 overall.

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