Notebook: Wartburg Topples Grinnell
MAKING A STATEMENT: Lincoln University (Pa.) is off to one of its best starts in school history after winning four straight games, including two contests at the Roger Taylor Invitational last week.
Senior guard Kyle Myrick earned most valuable player honors at the tournament after scoring 41 points and dishing out seven assists in a win over North Carolina Wesleyan and contributing 35 points in a victory over Chowan. Myrick garnered Association of Division III Independents and ECAC Division III Southern Region Player of the Week honors for his performances. The native of Philadelphia, Pa., has scored 30 or more points in six straight games and is averaging 32.1 for the season.
The Lions received their first-ever spot in a regular season Division III national poll as they entered the D3hoops.com rankings at No. 23 on Tuesday. Lincoln has defeated three Division II teams and then-No. 12 Randolph-Macon on its way to a 7-1 overall record.
IN GRAND FASHION: Lawrence University's Chris Braier grabbed six rebounds in a 71-60 win over Knox College on Dec. 3 to become the first player in school history to record 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 points in his career.
Braier, a senior forward from Wauwatosa, Wis., is also the first player in Midwest Conference history to accomplish the feat. He currently has 1,001 rebounds and 1,245 points during his four-year career. Braier ranks second in the league in rebounding with 10.4 per game and sixth in scoring with 16.2 points per game.
The Vikings, the preseason favorite to win their league, have gotten off to a perfect 5-0 start and are ranked No. 9 in the D3hoops.com poll.
SWISH: Sophomore forward Lee Nelson scored a career-high 24 points as he sparked Wartburg College's 111-97 come-from-behind victory against previously-unbeaten Grinnell College on Dec. 7. It was Wartburg's first 100-point game in over a year.
The Knights had four players score in double-figures, including Nelson, as they set a school record with a 75.0 field goal percentage. Nelson helped lead that charge as he made 11 of 13 field goals in the game.
KNOCKING 'EM DOWN: Senior forward Andy Bates scored a career-high 39 points as he led Trinity University (Texas) to a 77-58 victory over Southwestern on Dec. 1.
Bates, a senior forward from Austin, Texas, connected on his first 13 shots of the game, including seven three-pointers. For the game, Bates made 13 of 15 from the field while grabbing nine rebounds and garnered Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his outstanding performance. His point total was the most in an SCAC game since Rhodes' Neal Power scored 43 against Millsaps in 2001.
D3Hoops.com also named Bates to its National Team of the Week for his contributions. Bates has led the Tigers in scoring for three straight games including a 21-point performance in a loss to Division I Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 6.
NOTABLE: Arch-rivals Wooster and Wittenberg will meet on Dec. 10 and only one team will remain unbeaten in a match-up of the top two winningest programs in Division III men's basketball. Wooster is 7-0 and ranked second in the D3hoops.com poll, while Wittenberg is 6-0 and right behind the Tigers in the rankings at No. 3. Wittenberg leads the series 47-38 ... Augustana (Ill.) is 6-0 for the first time since the 1982-83 season after defeating Coe College, 72-59, on Dec. 7. Senior guard Rick Harrigan led the Vikings with 27 points.