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Ex-Blue Eagle standout Milner rejecting Peach Belt's best shots

Lander sophomore basketball forward Curtis Milner has resumed his shot-blocking prowess.

The former Clover High School standout is averaging 1.8 blocked shots a game, getting 11 in the Bearcats' first six contests this season. A year ago, the 6-foot-7, 205-pound Milner led the team in blocked shots with 69 in 31 games, an average of 2.3, second-best in the Peach Belt Conference.

Milner is averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds a game this year. One of Milner's top performances this season came in a 69-62 victory over Southern Wesleyan. He scored 15 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots.

Coach Bruce Evans' Bearcats are 3-3, 1-1 in the Peach Belt. Last season, they were 20-11, 11-5 in the PBC and won the conference tournament championship.

Bearcats assistant coach Steve Roberts is a former Winthrop graduate assistant coach under ex-Eagles coach Nield Gordon.

• CENTRAL ARKANSAS: Sophomore guard King Cannon and his teammates took a seven-game winning streak into Wednesday's contest against Idaho in Conway, Ark.

Cannon, who played at York Comprehensive High School, and UCA dropped the season opener to Kentucky, 67-40, but won the next seven games.

The 6-4, 175-pound Cannon, son of Charlie and Betty Cannon of York, appeared in all eight of the Bears' games this season, averaging 4.1 points and 1.4 rebounds a game.

Coach Rand Chappell's Bears are members of the Gulf South Conference.

• COASTAL CAROLINA: Former Chanticleers infielder-pitcher Mike Costanzo is rated the sixth-best prospect in the Houston Astros organization.

Costanzo, a 6-3, 215-pound third baseman, was obtained by the Astros in a trade last month with Philadelphia. Costanzo, outfielder Michael Bourne and pitcher Geoff Geary were sent to the Astros in exchange for relief pitcher Brad Lidge and infielder Eric Bruntlett.

Costanzo hit .270 with 29 doubles, 13 triples, 27 homers and 86 RBIs for the Phillies' Double-A Reading team last season.

Costanzo was the Phillies' second-round pick in the 2005 draft.

• GUILFORD: Former Northwestern High School standout Mat Stanley is a junior guard for the Quakers, who are tied for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference lead.

The 6-1 Stanley, son of Tom and Kathryn Stanley of Rock Hill, has appeared in two games for the Quakers, playing nine minutes and averaging 3.0 points a game.

The Quakers, competing in NCAA Division III, carried a 2-1 record into Wednesday's non-conference home game with Methodist. Coach Tom Palombo's team is 1-0 in the ODAC and tied with Hampden-Sydney for the league lead.

• PRESBYTERIAN: Freshman guard Katlin Moore is having a productive season for the Lady Blue Hose's basketball team.

The 5-7 Moore, daughter of Mark and Beth Moore of Fort Mill, is third on the Lady Blue Hose in scoring, averaging 9.1 points a game. She's also averaging 2.4 rebounds a game.

Moore was the MVP her junior and senior years at Charlotte Catholic. She finished her prep career with 1,226 points.

• WOFFORD: Terriers sophomore guard Norm Nixon is a member of an athletic and show business family.

The 6-0, 180-pound Santa Monica, Calif., native, is the son of former NBA player Norm Nixon and actress/producer/director/dancer Debbie Allen. Nixon's father spent 10 seasons in the NBA with the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers.

The younger Nixon is averaging 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and leads the Terriers in assists (3.6 apg).

The Terriers, members of the Southern Conference, are 3-2 and host UNC Greensboro at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Nixon isn't the only familiar name on a Southern Conference team. Davidson's Stephen Curry is the son of ex-Charlotte Hornets guard Dell Curry and teammate Brendan McKillop is the son of Wildcats coach Bob McKillop.

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