SU roundup: Hornets announce men’s hoops slate

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WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University men’s basketball coach Rob Pryor announced his program’s 2013-14 schedule Tuesday morning.

Pryor, preparing for his third year at the helm of the Hornets, will play host to 11 opponents this coming winter.

The first of these comes on opening weekend, as SU will host the BB&T Tip-Off Classic for the second straight year.

Pryor’s club will take on former USA South foe Methodist in the 8 p.m., game on the 15th, with Hood and McDaniel playing on the other side of the bracket.

The consolation and finals will be played Saturday evening and provide for a football/basketball tripleheader that afternoon.

The SU football team completes its regular season that afternoon with a 1 p.m., contest against Washington and Lee.

The South Region Challenge, now in its sixth year, comes up next. Hampden-Sydney hosts the 2013 edition with the Hornets taking on another former USA South foe, N.C. Wesleyan, in the opening game of the tourney.

Mary Washington will be Shenandoah’s day two opponent in the classic format event.

The South Region Challenge is also the first half of a four-game road trip that will see SU open its 2013-14 Old Dominion Athletic Conference slate at Lynchburg on Nov. 30.

The home ODAC opener is Guilford on Dec. 7 and is the back end of a women/men doubleheader in Shingleton Gymnasium.

Pryor’s club completes its pre-Christmas portion of the schedule playing in the Daytona Shootout Dec.19 and 21 against Berry (Ga.) and Millsaps (Miss.), respectively.

The second semester features ODAC contests save for a Jan. 6 game at Penn State – Altoona.

Shenandoah hosts Emory & Henry, Randolph-Macon, Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Randolph College, Roanoke and Lynchburg in ODAC games.

The squad will travel to Roanoke, Hampden-Sydney, Emory & Henry, Washington and Lee, Bridgewater, Virginia Wesleyan and Randolph to complete the league slate.

“The ODAC is the toughest Division III men’s basketball league in the nation, in my opinion,” Pryor said in a news release. “One of the advantages of that strength is that our fans will get to see some great basketball night in and night out.

“This year’s schedule is another example of that strength.”