AUM announces men’s hoops schedule
A pair of tournaments, an exhibition with Alabama State and a full slate of Gulf South Conference games highlight the Auburn Montgomery men’s basketball team’s season, as the Warhawks will look to get back to their winning ways in 2017-18.
AUM went 7-19 in its first season as a provisional member of the NCAA Division II last year, after finishing its final season of NAIA play with an overall mark of 17-13 and an 8-3 mark at home in the AUM Gymnasium.
“We’re excited to have a full conference schedule,” said AUM head coach Michael Cheaney. “We also had only six home games last year where this year we will have 11, so we’re looking forward to sleeping in our own beds and playing on our home court more often.
The Warhawks will open with an exhibition game against ASU on Friday, Nov. 3, on the campus of the Hornets, before officially opening the season at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/Gulf South Conference Challenge a week later, taking on Claflin University on Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Orangeburg, S.C. AUM will face Benedict College the next day at 1:30 p.m.
“Starting off in the SIAC/GSC Challenge we play Claflin who was 17-10 last season and who’s really well coached,” said Cheaney. “Going on the road in that type of hostile environment will prepare us for the Gulf South. Hopefully we can do well in the challenge and start the season off with a couple of wins.”
A road game against Kentucky Wesleyan on Nov. 18 will precede the Warhawks’ home opener against Tuskegee on Tuesday, Nov. 21., at 8 p.m. The game against the Golden Tigers, as well as all other home games for AUM, can be watched online at AUMAthletics.com
A trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., follows the home opener for AUM, as the Warhawks will take part in a tournament at Embry-Riddle University, taking on the host Eagles on Nov. 24 before facing either Wingate or GSC rival West Alabama on Nov. 25.
“Our guys were road warriors last year so going on the road to start the season should get us prepared mentally and we’ll be ready for conference play,” added Cheaney.
The Warhawks will be on the road for three more contests - at Lee University (Nov. 30), at Shorter University (Dec. 2) and at Spring Hill College (Dec. 13) – before coming home for a two-game homestand.
AUM will host Delta State on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m., before taking on Mississippi College on Dec. 18 at 8 p.m., to close out the first half of the season.
The Warhawks begin the new year with three road games, taking on Christian Brothers University (Jan. 2), Union University (Jan. 4) and the University of West Georgia (Jan. before coming back to Montgomery for another two-game homestand.
Alabama in Huntsville travels to AUM on Jan. 13 in a game set for 4 p.m., before North Alabama comes to the AUM Gymnasium on Jan. 15, with the opening tip set for 8 p.m. The Warhawks will then hit the road for games against Valdosta State (Jan. 18) and the University of West Florida (Jan. 20).
GSC foes Montevallo and West Alabama come to the AUM on Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, respectively, with opening tip set for 8 p.m. against the Falcons and 4 p.m. against the Tigers.
The Warhawks will face off with Tuskegee on Jan. 30 on the campus of the Golden Tigers, before taking on Mississippi College on Feb. 1 and Delta State on Feb.3 in league games.
AUM will play four out of its last five games on the year at home to close out the 2017-18 campaign, welcoming the University of West Florida on Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. and Valdosta State on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. The Warhawks will then travel to North Alabama on Feb. 14 before hosting Christian Brothers on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. and West Georgia on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.