Notebook: Bears Back On Top
Feb. 16, 2010
By Amy Farnum
BEARS BACK ON TOP: Washington (Mo.) University returned to the No. 1 spot in the D3hoops.com Top 25 after posting a pair of University Athletic Association victories last week as the Bears stretched their winning streak to nine games. It is the 26th time over the last 11 seasons that the two-time defending NCAA champion Bears have claimed the No. 1 ranking in the poll.
Senior Aaron Thompson led the Bears’ trek back to the top spot, averaging 25 points and 4.5 rebounds for the week to earn UAA Player of the Week honors for the second straight time.
Thompson compiled a 59.3 field goal percentage, and a 68.8 three-point field goal percentage in the two contests, and moved up to fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,505 points. He leads the UAA with a 17.3 scoring average.
The Bears return to action against Case Western Reserve on Feb. 19.
RUNNIN THE SHOW: Eastern Mennonite controls its’ own destiny in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference race after upending then-No. 1 Guilford last week and following it up with a victory over then-No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan on Feb. 15.
Junior forward Todd Phillips tallied 27 points in the 90-63 win over Guilford on Feb. 10, and added another 12 in the Runnin Royals’ resounding defeat of Roanoke on Feb. 13. Phillips, who was named ODAC Player of the Week for his performance last week, then returned two days later with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds against Virginia Wesleyan.
The Runnin Royals are tied for first place with Guilford at 12-2 in the ODAC standings with two regular season games left on the schedule. EMU is back in action against Bridgewater on Feb. 17, and wrap up the regular season against Washington & Lee on Feb. 20 as it looks to secure the No. 1 seed in the ODAC Championship.
STREAKING: John Carroll University clinched a share of its ninth Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title thanks to a game-winning basket by Chris Zajac with just seconds left in a 69-68 victory over Capital University.
The Blue Streaks now need just one win in their final two regular season games to earn the No. 1 seed in the OAC Tournament. Zajac led all scorers with 15 points in the contest as the Streaks won their eighth consecutive game.
No. 25 JCU travels to Heidelberg University on Feb. 17 looking to secure the OAC title.
SLAM DUNKS: Medaille College claimed its second straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title with an 81-77 win over Frostburg State as the Mavs tied a program-record for victories (21) that they set last year during their NCAA Tournament run … Cabrini College senior forward Kevin Misevicius notched the 2,000th point of his collegiate career in the Cavaliers’ win over Gwynedd-Mercy College on Feb. 15, which extended their winning streak to five games. Misevicius scored 21 points in the contest as the Cavaliers earned their first No. 1 seed in the Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament since the 1999-2000 season. No. 22 Cabrini hosts Centenary College on Feb. 18.