Notebook: Rollins Is Rolling
Jan. 27, 2010
By Amy Farnum
GAME OF THE WEEK: Queens (N.C.) and Pfeiffer University will tip off on Jan. 30 for a nationally-televised Conference Carolinas contest in the Division II Game of the Week on CBS College Sports. The game is scheduled for a noon start, and will also be broadcast by local affiliates Fox Carolinas and Fox Sports South.
Fans should expect a high-scoring affair between these two teams that are battling for position in the middle of the Conference Carolinas standings. Pfeiffer (10-6, 6-4) ranks second in the nation in scoring with 104.2 points per game, and paces the league with a 49 percent field goal percentage. Defensively, Queens (7-10, 4-6) is giving up 83.5 ppg - one of the highest averages in the league.
Look for a lot of long-range shooting in this contest - Pfeiffer is average 11.1 three-point baskets per game, which ranks second in the nation, while Queens connects on 9.3 per game for 11th in Division II. The two teams also boast the league's top two leading scorers. Pfeiffer's Chris Woods contributes 21.9 points per game, while Queens' Daniel Bailey follows with 21.2 ppg, and leads the conference with 10.5 rebounds per contest.
Both squads tune-up for the televised match-up with league tilts on Jan. 28 as Queens travels to Limestone, and Pfeiffer visits Lees-McRae.
To watch the game on Saturday, click here: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=ncaa&media=161079
TERRIFIC TIGER: Fort Hays State continued to make the climb up the NABC Division II Top 25 to No. 3 after surviving a road trip to Emporia State, 69-65, on Jan. 20.
Junior guard Dominique Jones netted a career-high 29 points in the victory as the Tigers posted their first win at White Auditorium since joining the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2006-07.
Jones, a native of Harlem, N.Y., scored 18 points in the second half, including 11 points during a 14-4 run that began as the Tigers trailed by one point with seven minutes remaining. He connected on six three-pointers in the contest, earning MIAA Player of the Week honors.
The Tigers will test their new national ranking on Jan. 27 as they host Nebraska-Omaha.
WOLF'S WINNING WAYS: Rollins College junior guard Nick Wolf was named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week for his stellar play in a pair of league wins last week.
The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds, including 28 points in a victory at Florida Tech. Wolf added his sixth double-double of the season -- 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Saint Leo -- as the Tars stretched their winning streak to five games. He shot 55 percent from the field and dished out 3.5 assists per game during the span. Wolf leads Rollins with 19.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, and a 51 percent field goal percentage.
The two wins pushed Rollins up two spots to No. 18 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25. The Tars are back in action at Eckerd on Jan. 27 as they look to hold on to first place in the SSC race.
ON A ROLL: Georgia College & State University is riding an eight-game winning streak after downing Flagler College in Peach Belt Conference play on Jan. 25.
The victory kept the Bobcats flawless at 7-0 in the PBC, and was followed by GCSU's re-entrance into the national rankings at No. 25. GCSU had previously been ranked as high as No. 18 earlier in the season, but dropped out in December after a pair of losses.
Senior Ty Rowland's 18 points led double-digit scoring performances from all five starters. He also contributed eight assists, moving him to fifth on the school's all-time list with 302.
The Bobcats return home following a four-game road stretch to host Francis Marion on Jan. 29.
SLAM DUNKS: Clark Atlanta junior guard Najee Lane tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds in the 61-60 win against Stillman on Jan. 23 as the Panthers extended their winning streak to 13 games. The Panthers, who lost their season-opener to Stillman, moved into NABC Division II Top 25 at No. 24 following the victory and Lane was named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week ... Mesa State senior guard Mike Dominguez registered a career-best 37 points, including the game-winning shot, to lift the Mavericks to victory over New Mexico Highlands last weekend, earning Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. The native of Santa Fe, N.M., then added 16 points in a 20-point win versus Western State as the No. 14 Mavs stretched their winning streak to seven games ... Augustana (S.D.) shot up six spots to No. 17 in the latest national poll after knocking off then-No. 3 Minnesota State to inch closer to the top spot in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings.