This week in Division II hoops
Nov. 30, 2010
Amy Farnum, NCAA.com
THANK GOODNESS FOR FRIDAY: Central Oklahoma junior guard Brent Friday posted back-to- back career-high scoring nights as he sparked the No. 10 Bronchos to a pair of victories at the UCO/Fairfield Inn Invitational last weekend.
The native of Putnam City, Okla., averaged 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 73.1 percent from the field as the Bronchos downed Oklahoma Panhandle and Missouri Western. He began the weekend with 21 points against the Aggies, and followed it up with a career-best 24 points along with tying a career-high with eight rebounds over Missouri Western. Friday tallied half of his points against MWSU in the final 10 minutes as UCO rallied from a nine-point deficit, and was named Lone Star Conference North Division Offensive Player of the Week for his contributions.
The Bronchos are off to their best start in school history with a 7-0 record.
‘CATS SCRATCH: Central Washington improved its’ season record to 4-0 with a pair of wins at the Northwest Nazarene Thanksgiving Classic, including an upset of then-No. 11 Metro State, led by senior center Chris Spinker’s stellar play.
Making his season debut, the native of Tacoma, Wash., combined for 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks shots on the weekend, earning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Spinker also connected on 12 of 20 field goal attempts.
“He dominated,” said head coach Greg Sparling. “No one had an answer for him the entire weekend.”
The Wildcats hit the road for a contest at Western Oregon as they open their GNAC schedule on Nov. 30.
POINT MADE: Bellarmine’s Jeremy Kendle garnered Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points per game at the John Dickensheets Classic last weekend.
The senior guard from Jeffersonville, Ind., notched a team-high 21 points with six assists in a dominating win over West Virginia State, and followed it up with a game-high 26 points in a 20-point victory over Charleston. Kendle leads the GLVC in scoring average (24.0 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (55.0).
The third-ranked Knights head to No. 16 Kentucky Wesleyan on Dec. 2 for a GLVC East Division contest.
AS ADVERTISED: DeAndre Lansdowne, the Preseason Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, lived up to the hype last weekend with an outstanding performance at the Grand Canyon Thanksgiving Classic as the Skyhawks improved to 4-0 on the year.
The senior guard from Albuquerque, N.M., averaged 18 points and 6.0 rebounds in wins over Seattle Pacific and Washburn in the tournament. Lansdowne tallied 12 of his 21 points against SPU in the final 5:30 minutes of play against the Falcons. He was named RMAC Player of the Week for his performance.
QUICK HITS: No. 19 Cal State Dominguez Hills is off to a 5-0 start after a convincing 54-38 victory over Cal State L.A. over the weekend. The Toros will put their perfect record on the line as they host defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Cal Poly Pomona on Dec. 3 … West Liberty University scored triple-digits for the fifth time in five games with a 125-77 win over Tiffin on Nov. 27. It is the longest streak of games with 100 points or more in the program’s 84-year history … No. 25 Northern Kentucky ended a four-game losing streak to Grand Valley State with an 81-65 win over the fourth-ranked Lakers last weekend, giving them an important regional victory as they remained unbeaten on the year … Bowie State head coach Darrell Brooks was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Week as the Bulldogs began the season with a 4-0 mark for the first time since 2004. The record includes last week’s victory over then-No. 17 Clark Atlanta.