FVSU looking forward to homecoming, conference tourney despite tough season

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FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Fort Valley State is gearing up for homecoming weekend–basketball style.

Looking at the jam-packed crowd at the Wildcats’ homecoming pep rally Thursday, you’d never know the team is having an awful season. Of their 24 games, they’ve won just three. With two games left in the regular season, the SIAC East champions from a year ago are last in the standings.

"Right now, we don’t even talk about wins and losses," head coach Sammy Jackson says. "We just talk about the next game and trying to get better."

Jackson’s problems aren’t caused by having a young team. In fact, most of the starters are older guys. Several of them transferred in this season.

"Us being older, we tend to gel a little slower," senior point guard Desmond Lofland says. "But we’re bringing it around though."

The ‘Cats started the season 0-12. All three of their wins have come in the last 12 games, including two against Morehouse College.

"We just had a stretch through the season where we were going through a rough time and getting to know each other–team chemistry–and just getting together and becoming a team," says senior forward Tyrone Brinson. "Now, we’re at the point close to the conference tournament where we’re playing very good. (We have) good team chemistry and are gelling together as a team."

In a season like this, where wins aren’t easy to come by, Jackson is thankful for the fans who continue to support. He believes this team can make a run in the SIAC tournament.

"HBCU, homecoming, it gets no better than the rivalry between Fort Valley State and Albany State," Jackson says. "This is one of our biggest games. It’s our next game. We’re going to use the momentum (from Wednesday’s win over Morehouse), carry it into Saturday and carry that on into Monday which will be senior night, and then go into the tournament."

Saturday’s game against Albany State tips at 8. It follows the girls’ game, which starts at 6.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He hails from "The Great State of Alabama," as he calls it, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn, before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!