Notebook: Bears Looking Golden
Feb. 17, 2010
By Amy Farnum
THEY’RE GOLDEN: Kutztown University moved into a tie for first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division standings with a thrilling 65-63 defeat of then-No. 12 East Stroudsburg on Feb. 15. The Golden Bears are now tied for the league lead with the Warriors and Cheyney at 7-3 in conference play.
Senior guard Stephen Dennis, the reigning PSAC East Player of the Week, posted a game-high 27 points to lead the Golden Bears to their second consecutive 20-win season. Dennis, who tops the nation with a 27.4 scoring average, moved into fourth place on the all-time PSAC scoring list following the performance.
Kutztown, which moved up to No. 16 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25 this week, looks to extend its three-game winning streak at West Chester on Feb. 17.
STUBBORN MULES: Central Missouri took a two-game lead in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings with a pair of league wins last week, highlighted by a 79-63 defeat of then-No. 10 Fort Hays State.
Senior forward Sanijay Watts averaged 23.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game while shooting 63 percent from the floor as he picked up his fourth MIAA Player of the Week honor. The native of St. Louis, Mo., put up 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against Fort Hays State.
The third-ranked Mules are riding a 10-game winning streak entering a match-up with Nebraska-Omaha on Feb. 17.
BACK IN THE MIX: St. Cloud State returned to the NABC Division II Top 25 for the first time since early December after an upset of then-No. 4 Minnesota State on Feb. 13. The Huskies shot up to No. 20 in the latest poll.
Senior center Matt Schneck netted a career-high 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Huskies moved within a game of first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings. The native of Whitefish Bay, Wis., was selected NSIC Player of the Week for the third time this season for his performance. Schneck, who moved up to fifth on the school’s all-time rebounds list following the weekend, leads the conference with 10.9 per game.
The Huskies have won seven straight games since losing back-to-back contests in mid-January. They host Minnesota, Crookston, on Feb. 20.
SLAM DUNKS: Colorado School of Mines won its ninth straight game with a 69-65 victory over Colorado Christian in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action on Feb. 16 as the Orediggers clinched a berth in the upcoming RMAC Shootout. Led by Drew Hoffman’s season-high 21 points, the Orediggers have won 10 of their last 11 games … Central Oklahoma cracked the NABC Division II Top 25 at No. 25 this week on the merits of a school-record 15-game winning streak. The Bronchos were No. 17 in the preseason poll, but dropped out of the rankings after a 2-2 start. UCO is in sole possession of first place in the Lone Star Conference North Division standings with an 8-0 mark. The Bronchos look to stretch the streak against Texas A&M-Commerce on Feb. 17.