Former McKinney North guard Kenny McGowen seems to have a recent flair for the dramatic in his senior season at Idaho State. On Saturday, McGowen’s three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Bengals to a 64-62 upset of Big Sky Conference leader Weber State. Two weeks prior, McGowen converted a four-point play in the final eight seconds was the difference in a 68-67 win over Sacramento State.
“I felt it. As soon as I let it go and I heard the buzzer I knew it was happening, said McGowen, who was a part of the 2007 North team that advanced to the Region II semifinals. “That is a big one to be here at the Division I level. Weber State has an awesome team and the best player in the league. That is big. For us to come out with this, win is huge.”
For Idaho State (7-14, 5-4), McGowen is second on the team with a 12.2-points-per-game average.
Freshman guard Aundrea Gamble seems to be the offensive catalyst in her first season at Kilgore College. The 5-9 North graduate is the fourth-leading scorer in the NJCAA’s Region XIV at 16.8 points per game. She’s also second on the Lady Rangers’ squad in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and assists (3.2 apg).
Southern Illinois junior Brandon Florez and partner Martijn Admiraal will enter the spring tennis season as the 42nd-ranked doubles tandem in the NCAA. Florez, a Class 4A state singles runner-up at North, competed as third and fourth seed in singles for the Salukis last season. Southern Illinois begins the spring dual match season on Feb. 4 against Purdue and Butler.