Dec. 14, 2010

Amy Farnum, NCAA.com

ON THE RUN: Ramapo College continued to climb the national rankings to No. 21 this week after posting a 2-0 mark behind the stellar play of junior guard Ahmad Hassan.

The native of Edgewater, N.J., tallied 28 points, including five 3-pointers, with six steals as the Roadrunners breezed past New York City Tech, 85-56, in non-conference play. Hassan followed it up with 21 points and four rebounds as Ramapo outlasted Richard Stockton, 68-64, to move to 2-0 in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.

Hassan was selected NJAC Player of the Week, and currently ranks second in the league in both scoring (21 ppg) and steals (3.1 per game).

A CAREER WEEK: No. 2 Williams College remained perfect on the year as Troy Whittington averaged 24.0 points and 15.5 rebounds per game for the Ephs.

Whittington, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., tied the school’s single-game mark for rebounds with 21, and added 21 points in a 79-56 win over Hamilton last Tuesday, and then followed it up with a career-best 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Ephs downed Springfield by 23 points. He was chosen New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his contributions. The senior forward ranks fifth in the nation with a 69.7 field goal percentage, and leads his team with 10.6 rebounds per game.

The Ephs will enjoy an extended holiday break and return to action on Dec. 28 in the Salem State Holiday Classic.

MANE EVENT: UW-La Crosse senior guard Tony Mane became the school’s career leader in three-point field goals made with 214 after hitting 7-of-12 from three-point range in the Eagles’ 89-69 win over UW-Stout on Dec. 8.

Mane tied a career-high with 37 points against UW-Stout, and then added 20 points in the Eagles’ 82-73 defeat of UW-Platteville three days later. He moved to third on the school’s career scoring list with 1,688 points.

The native of Milwaukee, Wis., claimed Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors, and currently leads the league in scoring with 23.5 points per game.

TREY-CHIC: Whitworth set a school record with 18 three-pointers made as the Pirates cruised past Whittier, 86-65, in non-conference action on Dec. 12. It was Whitworth’s 26th consecutive home win.

David Riley nailed 7-of-14 from three-point range, collecting a game-high 25 points to lead the Pirates as they improved to 8-0 on the year.

JUMP SHOTS: Kean University’s Jonathan Jones entered the week leading Division III in both scoring (26.1 ppg) and rebounds (16.1 rpg), and then notched his eighth straight double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Cougars fell to Scranton on Dec. 13 … Senior Ian Franks averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as he helped the No. 1 Fighting Scots to a pair of North Coast Athletic Conference wins last week. Franks, who was named NCAC Player of the Week, hit a game-winning three-pointer to lift the Scots to a 76-73 win over Allegheny … Chapman cracked the D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 24 after extending its’ winning streak to six games with a 65-54 defeat of Pomoma-Pitzer on Dec. 11. The Panthers will test their new national ranking at home against Oglethorpe on Dec. 18.