Lee set to make history with first NCAA games
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Freshman GUARD Stedmon Ford will be looking to help direct the Flames past West Florida as Lee begins Gulf South play tonight on the Campus of Lee University inside Walker Arena.
Lee University photo
Freshman GUARD Stedmon Ford will be looking to help direct the Flames past West Florida as Lee begins Gulf South play tonight on the Campus of Lee University inside Walker Arena. Lee University photo
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Local basketball fans will have an opportunity to witness the Lee men and women teams make history when they host West Florida and Valdosta State in their first NCAA Division II and Gulf South Conference home games starting this evening.

Lee athletic director Larry Carpenter has made the two important dates even more attractive. He’s calling it Community Appreciation Week and is making an extra push to allow fans to get their first look at the Gulf South Conference clubs. Adult tickets will be sold at half price ($3) with high school age and below admitted free. There will also be special halftime entertainment and giveaways on each date.

West Florida (from Pensacola) will visit on Monday for a women’s game beginning at 6 p.m. and the men will follow at 8 p.m. On Thursday, at the same times, Valdosta State will come calling.

After a key GSC showdown loss at Valdosta on Saturday, the West Florida women are 5-2. The Valdosta women are 5-1 and suffered their first loss earlier in the week to Saint Leo (Fla.).

The Lee men will be trying to keep the West Florida team winless (0-6) but their record could be a bit deceiving. They have dropped a pair of games to Montevallo (Ala.) and also lost twice to Georgia Southwestern and to Valdosta on Saturday

On the other hand, Valdosta State will likely bring a 7-0 mark into Walker Arena. Its clean slate includes overtime victories over Albany State and Lynn University. Valdosta is coached by Mike Helfer who enjoyed several successful seasons at Southern Poly before accepting the Valdosta position.

“These four games will provide area fans with an opportunity to see some outstanding college basketball on both the men and women sides,” pointed out Carpenter. “It’s the holiday season and we would like to show our teams that we have a solid following even though the majority of our students have already departed for the Christmas break.”