Marcus Hicks Records Five Points, Blocks Three Shots in SEC All-Star Victory on Wednesday.

August 11, 1999

KOBE, Japan - The Southeastern Conference All-Star Team jumped out to a 9-0 start in game three of the 1999 Basketball Universiade Anniversary Cup and never looked back, beating the Japan National Team 88-63 in front of 2,800 in Kobe's Green Arena.

The SEC All-Stars limited the Japanese Nationals to only six baskets in the first half while shooting a blazing 64.7 percent (22 of 34) from the floor to explode to a 51-26 halftime advantage. Florida's Major Parker scored nine of his team-high 17 points to pace the SEC in the first 20 minutes.

Ole Miss' Marcus Hicks scored five points (2 of 3 FG, 1 of 2 FT) in 11 minutes of action. He also recorded three assists and a team-high three blocked shots in the victory.

"Our coaching staff stressed to our guys, right from the beginning, to establish ourselves on both ends of the floor," said SEC co-head coach Rod Barnes. "The game before we didn't play very well in the first half so we wanted to put an emphasis on getting out to a good start."

Applying added pressure on the defensive end, the SEC All-Stars held Japan to a sub-50 percent shooting night as the Japanese only shot 32 percent from the field, including 7 of 16 from three-point range. In contrast, the SEC had its best offensive performance of the series, hitting on 52 percent (35 of 67) of its shots.

"This game, being our third, was our best," said SEC co-head coach John Brady. "It had balanced scoring and balanced minutes. Everybody contributed to the win. I think our team was really ready to play and benefited from the closeness of the second game."

Behind Parker's 17 points, LSU's Brian Beshara and Mississippi State's Tang Hamilton each scored 12 points while South Carolina's Tony Kitchings poured in 11 points and eight rebounds.

"This was our best overall game, both defensively and offensively," said Brady. "If we can play with this kind of concentration in the next two games, we have a great chance to win them both."

The SEC All-Stars are back in action Thursday at 7 p.m. Japan Time (5 a.m. Central Time) in Fukui for game four of the BUAC.

 

 

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