SAC Celebrates 20 Years in Division II with “20 for 20" Series

Jones’ Record-Setting Performance in Conference Tournament Recognized

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The 2012-13 academic year marks the 20th anniversary of the SAC becoming a member of NCAA Division II.  In celebration, the conference is counting down the top 20 moments from the last two decades throughout the coming months in a series titled SAC 20 for 20. 

Anderson men’s basketball standout Denzail Jones’ record-setting 50-point performance versus Newberry in the 2012 conference tournament semifinals has been chosen as number 17 in the list of notable achievements.

Jones re-wrote South Atlantic Conference Tournament history last season, setting a new conference tournament single-game scoring record with his 50-point effort in the 113-106 double-overtime win past the Wolves. Jones surpassed the previous record of 40 points, set by Elon’s Chris King in 1997. In the process, the guard posted a new tournament scoring record with 84 points in three games, surpassing Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jeff Haddock’s 79 points in 1994.

Jones, the 2012 SAC Player of the Year, scored 16 of the Trojans’ 19 points in the first overtime period as AU rallied from a seven-point deficit with 2:20 left to force a second extra period on Tyrell McDowell’s clutch 3-pointer from the right side with 13 seconds remaining. Jones added six steals to his career-high scoring effort.

“The last 20 years have provided countless unforgettable moments in this conference,” said SAC commissioner Patrick Britz.  “The achievements of so many teams and individual student-athletes will make SAC 20 for 20 a fascinating series to watch unfold.

“We’re proud to be members of Division II, and are excited to revisit our rich history over the course of the year.”

Since joining Division II in 1993, the SAC has seen teams from each of its 14 championship sports earn selections to NCAA championships.  It has also welcomed four new member institutions since becoming eligible for Division II competition – Tusculum, Lincoln Memorial, Anderson and Newberry, which left the conference in 1988 and later rejoined in 1996.

The moments that make up SAC 20 for 20 come from the conference’s current member institutions and represent both team and individual accomplishments.  Moments from each institution were eligible for SAC 20 for 20 consideration only if they occurred when the school was a member of the league.

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