2021–22 North Alabama Lions men's basketball team

The 2021–22 North Alabama Lions men's basketball team represented the University of North Alabama in the 2021–22 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Lions, led by third-year head coach Tony Pujol, played their home games at Flowers Hall in Florence, Alabama, as members of the West division of the ASUN Conference. They finished the season 9–21, 2–14 in ASUN play to finish in last place in the West division. They lost to Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the ASUN Tournament.

2021–22 North Alabama Lions men's basketball
North Alabama Lions wordmark.svg
ConferenceASUN Conference
DivisionWest Division
Record9–21 (2–14 ASUN)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
  • Ahmad Smith
  • Willie Watson
  • Tom Berryman
Home arenaFlowers Hall
Seasons
2022–23 →
2021–22 ASUN men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
East
Liberty 12 4   .750 22 11   .667
Jacksonville 11 5   .688 21 10   .677
Florida Gulf Coast 10 6   .625 22 12   .647
Kennesaw State 7 9   .438 13 18   .419
North Florida 7 9   .438 11 20   .355
Stetson 5 11   .313 11 19   .367
West
Jacksonville State^ 13 3   .813 21 11   .656
Bellarmine* † 11 5   .688 20 13   .606
Central Arkansas 7 9   .438 11 20   .355
Lipscomb 6 10   .375 14 19   .424
Eastern Kentucky 5 11   .313 13 18   .419
North Alabama* 2 14   .125 9 21   .300
* ineligible for the 2022 NCAA Tournament due to transition from Division II
^ Due to Bellarmine's ineligibility, the regular season champions Jacksonville State took their NCAA Tournament berth instead.
2022 ASUN Tournament winner

This season marked North Alabama's final year of a four-year transition period from Division II to Division I. As a result, the Lions were not eligible for NCAA postseason play.

Previous seasonEdit

In a season limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Lions finished the 2020–21 season 13–11, 7–8 in ASUN play to finish in fifth place. They defeated North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast before losing in the finals of the ASUN Tournament to Liberty.[1]

RosterEdit

2021–22 North Alabama Lions men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Will Soucie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Califon, NJ
G 1 Detalian Brown 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
G 2 Daniel Ortiz 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Shreveport, LA
G 3 Jamari Blackmon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Hoover, AL
G 4 Omar Figueroa 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Carolina, Puerto Rico
C 10 Sawyer Wright 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Tuscumbia, AL
G 11 C.J. Brim 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Tupelo, MS
F 12 Isaac Chatman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Cordova, AL
F 14 Payton Youngblood 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Birmingham, AL
F 23 Deraje Agbaosi 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Union, NJ
G 24 Aleksa Matic 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Belgrade, Serbia
F 33 Damian Forrest 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Fort Collins, CO
F 34 Dallas Howell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Coffee Springs, AL
F 35 Pape Momar Cisse 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Dakar, Senegal
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Ahmad Smith (Cedar Valley)
  • Willie Watson (Alabama)
  • Tom Berryman (Alabama)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: January 12, 2022

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
November 10, 2021*
7:00 pm, SECN+
at Mississippi State L 49–75  0–1
 14  Blackmon   6  Chatman   4  Brim  Humphrey Coliseum (6,671)
Starkville, MS
November 13, 2021*
4:00 pm
at Virgin Islands W 99–47  1–1
 20  Ortiz   8  Howell   6  Ortiz  Sports & Fitness Center (56)
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
November 19, 2021*
6:30 pm, ESPN3
vs. Manhattan
MAAC/ASUN Challenge
L 51–55  1–2
 13  Blackmon   9  Youngblood   2  Blackmon  HP Field House (287)
Kissimmee, FL
November 20, 2021*
7:30 pm, ESPN3
vs. Iona
MAAC/ASUN Challenge
L 65–81  1–3
 11  2 Tied   8  Forrest   2  Chatman  HP Field House (398)
Kissimmee, FL
November 23, 2021*
8:00 pm, ESPN+
Oakwood W 105–50  2–3
 15  Youngblood   8  Forrest   3  3 Tied  Flowers Hall (488)
Florence, AL
November 28, 2021*
3:30 pm, YouTube
at Alabama State W 81–69  3–3
 15  2 Tied   9  Chatman   6  Blackmon  Dunn–Oliver Acadome (450)
Montgomery, AL
December 1, 2021*
8:00 pm, ESPN+
Mississippi Valley State W 72–58  4–3
 13  Youngblood   7  Ortiz   3  3 Tied  Flowers Hall (543)
Florence, AL
December 5, 2021*
2:00 pm, ESPN+
Carver W 103–40  5–3
 22  Ortiz   7  Ortiz   3  5 Tied  Flowers Hall (229)
Florence, AL
December 8, 2021*
6:00 pm, ESPN+
Alabama A&M W 56–45  6–3
 12  Ortiz   8  Forrest   4  Blackmon  Flowers Hall (633)
Florence, AL
December 14, 2021*
8:00 pm, SECN
at No. 13 Auburn L 44–70  6–4
 12  Ortiz   7  Forrest   2  Ortiz  Auburn Arena (9,121)
Auburn, AL
December 18, 2021*
2:00 pm, ESPN+
Southeastern Baptist W 106–40  7–4
 23  Figueroa   10  Forrest   5  Soucie  Flowers Hall (522)
Florence, AL
December 22, 2021*
6:00 pm, ESPN+
at UCF L 64–75  7–5
 17  Blackmon   6  Forrest   6  Brim  Addition Financial Arena (3,273)
Orlando, FL
December 28, 2021*
4:00 pm
at No. 4 Gonzaga L 63–93  7–6
 15  Brim   8  Momar Cisse   2  2 Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
ASUN Conference regular season
January 4, 2022
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Lipscomb L 74–84  7–7
(0–1)
 22  Blackmon   7  Youngblood   4  Brim  Allen Arena (1,669)
Nashville, TN
January 8, 2022
8:00 pm, ESPN+
Jacksonville State L 55–65  7–8
(0–2)
 20  Ortiz   7  Momar Cisse   4  Blackmon  Flowers Hall (1,029)
Florence, AL
January 11, 2022
6:00 pm, ESPN+
Eastern Kentucky W 76–75  8–8
(1–2)
 20  Ortiz   10  Forrest   4  Brim  Flowers Hall (896)
Florence, AL
January 15, 2022
3:00 pm, ESPN+
at Central Arkansas L 88–89 OT 8–9
(1–3)
 23  Soucie   7  2 Tied   3  Brown  Farris Center (912)
Conway, AR
January 18, 2022
6:00 pm, ESPN+
at Bellarmine L 60–68  8–10
(1–4)
 15  Ortiz   7  Ortiz   3  Brim  Freedom Hall (1,228)
Louisville, KY
January 22, 2022
3:30 pm, ESPN+
Stetson L 65–67  8–11
(1–5)
 24  Blackmon   7  Chatman   4  Brim  Flowers Hall (627)
Florence, AL
January 27, 2022
6:00 pm, ESPN+
Liberty L 53–72  8–12
(1–6)
 14  Brim   8  Forrest   3  Brim  Liberty Arena (2,860)
Lynchburg, VA
January 29, 2022
4:00 pm, ESPN+
at Kennesaw State W 71–58  9–12
(2–6)
 21  Ortiz   8  Brim   5  Brim  KSU Convocation Center (1,194)
Kennesaw, GA
February 3, 2022
8:00 pm, ESPN+
Jacksonville L 50–56  9–13
(2–7)
 15  Ortiz   9  Chatman   3  Brim  Flowers Hall (719)
Florence, AL
February 5, 2022
3:30 pm, ESPN+
North Florida L 58–71  9–14
(2–8)
 14  Ortiz   11  Chatman   3  Blackmon  Flowers Hall (781)
Florence, AL
February 9, 2022
6:30 pm, ESPN+
at Florida Gulf Coast L 60–92  9–15
(2–9)
 12  Ortiz   5  Ortiz   1  4 Tied  Alico Arena (1,945)
Fort Myers, FL
February 12, 2022
3:30 pm, ESPN+
Bellarmine L 69–75  9–16
(2–10)
 18  Brim   10  Soucie   3  Blackmon  Flowers Hall (687)
Florence, AL
February 16, 2022
6:30 pm, ESPN+
at Eastern Kentucky L 76–80 OT 9–17
(2–11)
 22  Brim   14  Howell   5  Brim  Alumni Coliseum (2,177)
Richmond, KY
February 19, 2022
3:30 pm, ESPN+
Lipscomb L 72–75  9–18
(2–12)
 27  Ortiz   9  Soucie   5  Brim  Flowers Hall (833)
Florence, AL
February 23, 2022
6:00 pm, ESPN+
Central Arkansas L 72–81  9–19
(2–13)
 31  Ortiz   12  Soucie   3  Brown  Flowers Hall (724)
Florence, AL
February 26, 2022
1:00 pm, ESPN+
at Jacksonville State L 52–69  9–20
(2–14)
 27  Ortiz   7  Ortiz   1  Tied  Pete Mathews Coliseum (2,280)
Jacksonville, AL
ASUN Tournament
March 1, 2022
6:00 pm, ESPN+
(W6) at (E3) Florida Gulf Coast
First round
L 72–81  9–21
 29  Ortiz   7  Chatman   2  Soucie  Alico Arena (2,043)
Fort Myers, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central.

Source[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Liberty beats N. Alabama 79-75 for third straight ASUN title". CBS Sports. March 7, 2021. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "2021-22 Men's Basketball Schedule". University of North Alabama Athletics. Retrieved November 22, 2021.