Jan. 5, 2010

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

TIGERS TOPPLE TOP-RANKED MULES: 
After opening the season with a perfect 12-0 mark, No. 1 Central Missouri finally met its match as No. 10 Fort Hays State got the best of the Mules in an 81-71 victory on Jan. 4.  The Tigers’ first-ever win over No. 1 ranked team in Division II snapped UCM’s 27-game home court winning streak.

FHSU’s Dominique Jones tallied 28 points and dished out seven assists, including a flawless outing beyond the arc and at the free-throw line, as the Tigers remained unbeaten in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play at 6-0.

The Tigers will face another MIAA test as they attempt to keep sole possession of first place in the league standings against No. 11 Southwest Baptist on Jan. 9.  SBU features the league’s top scorer in Matt Rogers, who is averaging 23.2 points per game.

JUST PEACHY:
  Augusta State senior guard Ben Madgen became the Peach Belt Conference’s all-time leading scorer with 17 points in an 85-62 win over North Georgia on Jan. 4. The third-ranked Jags stretched their best start in school history to 11-0.

Magden now has 1,866 career points, moving past Francis Marion’s Carlton Farr on the league’s all-time list.  He is quickly approaching the school record – a mark held by former ASU standout Derek Stewart (1,895).

ASU has won 20 straight regular-season games, along with 12 consecutive PBC contests.  The Jags look to remain perfect against PBC newcomer Flagler College on Jan. 6.

STILL HOT:
No. 9 Midwestern State rolled to a 98-57 victory over Dallas Christian on Jan. 2 as six players scored in double-figures for the Mustangs, who are off to their best start in school history at 13-0.  
It was the first time MSU placed six players in double-figures since 2006.

Senior guard Craig Green netted 19 points for his fifth straight game in double-digits, improving his scoring average to 14.8 per game.

MSU has won 19 consecutive home contests, and has posted its longest regular season winning streak at 19 games.  The Mustangs look to continue their run at Texas A&M-Commerce on Jan. 7.

GOLDEN BOY: 
Kutztown University junior center Ryan Washington garnered Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Player of the Week for the second straight week after sparking the No. 7 Golden Bears to a 3-0 mark.

The native of Philadelphia, Pa., averaged 30 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 75 percent from the floor as Kutztown moved to 9-0 and stretched its home court winning streak to 22 games.

The week was highlighted by a career-high 31 points and 13 rebounds in the Golden Bears’ first-ever win against Gannon.  Washington paces the PSAC with a 69.7 field goal percentage and ranks second in both scoring (23.6) and blocked shots per game (2.7).  He has recorded five double-doubles on the season.

Kutztown resumes play at Goldey Beacom College on Jan. 5, beginning a stretch in which it will play five road contests in the next six games.

SLAM DUNKS:
No. 15 Montevallo began a new era in the Peach Belt Conference with a bang as the Falcons topped Lander, 74-58, for their first win as a league member. The Falcons also moved to 11-0 for the best start in program history … Quincy University moved up to No. 16 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25 after extending its school-record start to 13-0 with a 73-66 win over Northern Kentucky on Jan. 4 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.  The Hawks look to stay unbeaten in a home game against Lewis on Jan. 7.