Dec. 13, 2010

Amy Farnum, NCAA.com

FALLING STARS: Seven squads in the most recent NABC Division II Top 25 suffered losses last week, including two previously unbeaten teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – No. 3 Winona State and No. 20 Minnesota State.

Winona State fell for the first time this season, 75-72, to Minnesota Duluth while the Bulldogs improved to 4-0 in league play for sole possession of first place in the NSIC standings. Junior Ryan Rasmussen sparked the Bulldogs with a game-high 22 points on the night.

Minnesota State also went down for the first time this season as St. Cloud State’s Taylor Witt nailed the game-winning shot in the final seconds as the Huskies upended the Mavericks, 85-83, on Dec. 11. The senior guard from Morris, Minn., contributed a game-high 26 points with seven assists, and was named NSIC Player of the Week for his efforts during a 2-0 week in league play for the Huskies.

STREAKING JAGS: No. 10 Augusta State ran its’ home winning streak to 34 games with a convincing 81-54 defeat of Emmanuel in a match-up of two unbeaten squads last Saturday.
Senior guard Caleb Brown tallied a career-high 24 points in the contest, helping the Jaguars to their 15th consecutive non-conference victory. The Jaguars’ defense held an opponent to 59 points or less for the fifth time in seven games this season.
ASU will put its’ perfect record on the line at Lenoir-Rhyne for a non-conference contest on Dec. 15.

CHARGING ON: No. 17 Hillsdale College is off to its’ second 10-0 start in program history after wins over Ferris State and Lake Superior State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action last week.

The Chargers trailed by double-figures in both games, but rallied to victory as they remained tied for first place in the GLIAC South Division standings.
Junior Brent Eaton combined for 46 points, including a team season-high 31 points against Ferris State. He currently leads the Chargers with a 15.3 scoring average.

POINTS, POINTS AND MORE POINTS: Fourth-ranked West Liberty continued to put up the points in its’ toughest test of the season as the Hilltoppers fended off No. 23 Northern Kentucky, 109-91, on Dec. 11.

Despite being the first time West Liberty has given up 90 points or more in regulation in the last seven seasons, the Hilltoppers hit 105 points or more for the eighth time in eight games this season. West Liberty is averaging 128.1 points per game with six players in double-figures led by Corey Pelle, who registered 19 points and 10 assists on the day, and boasts an 18.8 scoring average.

BUSTIN’ BRONCHOS: Dauntae Williams played a huge role in helping No. 15 Central Oklahoma to an 85-83 win over Angelo State last Saturday, not only scoring a season-high 35 points, but nailing a game-winning 17-foot jump shot with 3.1 seconds left in the contest.
Williams, the reigning Lone Star Conference North Division Player of the Year, scored five points in the final 54 seconds, boosting the Bronchos to their 13th consecutive home victory.
UCO looks to keep up its winning ways against Abilene Christian in LSC crossover action on Dec. 13.

JUMP SHOTS: Missouri Western’s James Harvey netted just one point on Saturday, but it proved to be the game-winner as he connected on a free throw with less than a second remaining as the Griffons upset No. 6 Fort Hays State, 78-77. It is the second straight year the Griffons have upended Fort Hays State while the Tigers were ranked in the Top 10 … No. 12 Central Washington has not let the road get the best of them despite being away from home for the last six games. Senior center Chris Sprinker netted 22 points in the Wildcats’ 67-65 come-from-behind win at Saint Martin’s on Dec. 11 for the squad’s sixth straight victory away from home. CWU (8-0) remains on the road when it heads to the Great Western Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev., when its faces Rollins and Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 16-17.