Division II Notebook: Top Scorers, Upsets and Fast Starts
by Amy Farnum, NCAA.com
COURT IS IN SESSION: Cal State L.A. senior guard Franklin Session sparked the Golden Eagles to a pair of key California Collegiate Athletic Association victories over Cal State San Bernardino and defending NCAA champion Cal Poly Pomona last week, and garnered the league’s Player-of-the-Week award for his efforts.
The native of Los Angeles, Calif., tallied eight points and 10 rebounds in Cal State L.A.’s first win over CSSB since 1999, and followed with 16 points, five rebounds and five steals in the Golden Eagles’ first home win over Cal Poly Pomona since 1999. Session made a key three-point play in the second contest with less than two minutes remaining that helped secure the win.
The Golden Eagles are now 2-1 in CCAA play this season, and resume play with a non-conference contest against Dominican on Dec. 12.
RING THE BELL: No. 2 Bellarmine posted its first road sweep of Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana since 1980 as the Knights opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play with a 2-0 record last week. The Knights are the only remaining unbeaten team in the league.
Senior guard Jeremy Kendle tallied a team-high 26 points at then-No. 11 KWU, and then added 15 points and seven rebounds in the Knights’ defeat of No. 22 Southern Indiana. He averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 53.5 percent from the field. The native of Jeffersonville, Ind., was selected GLVC Player of the Week for his contributions.Kendle leads the league with a 22.6 scoring average, and ranks fourth in 3-point field goals made per game with 2.6.
The Knights are back in action at the Fern Valley Hotel Classic against West Virginia State on Dec. 10.
A FIRST FOR FLAGLER: Sophomore Chad July claimed Flagler College’s first-ever Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honor after helping the Saints to a pair of wins, including an upset of then-No. 5 USC Aiken, last week.
The native of Fort White, Fla., netted 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in a defeat of Nova Southeastern, and then poured in another 19 points with eight rebounds as the Saints handed USCA their first loss of the season. It was Flagler’s first victory over a top-five team since the Saints downed Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – the top-ranked team in the NAIA – in 2001.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Hillsdale College (8-0) is off to its best start since 2001-02 after earning a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division wins at home last weekend.
Junior guard Tyler Gerber paced the Chargers with 18 points and seven assists in a victory over Ashland, and followed with a season-high 24 points as Hillsdale downed Lake Erie College. Gerber shot 60 percent from the field over the weekend as the product of Baltic, Ohio, claimed GLIAC South Division Player-of-the-Week honors for his efforts.
Last week, Hillsdale appeared in the NABC Division II Top 25 at No. 25 for the first time since the 2001-02 season, joining fellow GLIAC members No. 2 Findlay and No. 16 Grand Valley State in the national rankings.
The Chargers put their perfect record on the line when they host Ferris State on Dec. 7 for a GLIAC match-up.