It's been a good week for the Joyner family. Tuesday evening, Edward Joyner, Jr. picked up his 100th career win when Hampton defeated American 61-48. Three days later, Joyner's uncle, Stephen Joyner, Sr. got his 500th win at the helm of Johnson C. Smith basketball thanks to a 104-88 Golden Bull victory over the Apprentice School in the JCSU/Claude Saunders Tip-Off Classic.
Joyner, Sr. now joins Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (1,021), North Carolina’s Roy Williams (752) and Western Carolina’s Larry Hunter (664) as the only four active coaches in North Carolina with 500 wins.
Friday night, JCSU used a big second half to stretch a five point halftime lead into a 14 point victory.
Leading 47-42 after the first half, JCSU steadily built a double-digit lead, leading by as many as 28 points in the second half thanks to a stellar night from senior Stedmon Lemon. Lemon poured in a team-high 20 points on a 10-of-17 shooting effort. Lemon also finished with a team-high nine assists. Fellow senior Diondre Pratt also had a great night, going for a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Lemon and Pratt combined for numerous high-flying dunks as JCSU built their commanding lead in the second half.
Sharpshooter Josh Linson also found the range, connecting for four three-pointers, finishing with 14 points. Gabon Williams and Malik Ford also had double-digit efforts, going for 12 and 10 points, respectively. JCSU sophomore guard Robert Davis, III also had a productive outing, dishing six assists while scoring nine points. JCSU had 32 assists in the game.
Collectively, JCSU shot a 50% (40-80) from the field, 35.5% (11-31) from long range and 65% (13-20) from the line. The Golden Bulls defense also forced 23 Builders turnovers that led to 31 points. JCSU also dominated inside, outscoring Apprentice 50-26 in the paint. JCSU also held a 20-2 advantage on fast-break opportunities.
JCSU returns to action Saturday when they take on Benedict at 4:00 p.m. in Brayboy Gym.