Jan. 20, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin
NCAA.com

FEEL THE POWERS:  Gettysburg College reeled off three Centennial Conference victories last week, while extending its winning streak to seven games and cracking the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 22.

Sophomore center Andrew Powers averaged 24.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from the field, highlighted by a season-high 28 points in a 73-68 win over Ursinus to conclude the week.  The native of Boyertown, Pa., was named CC Player of the Week for his contributions.  Powers leads the Bullets with a 17.8 scoring average, 7.1 rebounds per game and 1.77 steals per game. 

The newly-ranked Bullets will travel to No. 24 Franklin & Marshall on Jan. 21 for a match-up between two of the top teams in the league standings.

PANTHERS POUNCE: Middlebury College opened its’ New England Small College Athletic Conference slate with a pair of victories last week as the Panthers stretched its winning streak to 10 games.

Senior guard Ben Rudin contributed 20.0 points, 9.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as the Panthers turned back Bates and Tufts.  The native of Scarsdale, N.Y., posted a career-high 28 points against Bates, and followed it up with a career-best 14 assists in a resounding 108-64 win against Tufts.  Rudin, who shot 50 percent from the field for the week, was selected NESCAC Player of the Week for his performance.

The Panthers’ recent success has placed them in the D3hoops.com Top 25 this week at No. 25.

CARDINALS CRUISE: St. John Fisher College registered a 3-0 mark last week while capturing the 43rd annual JPMorgan Chase Scholarship Tournament behind the stellar play of junior guard Matt Newman, who was named Most Valuable Player of the competition last weekend.

The native of Campbell, N.Y., averaged 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field in three tournament victories.  Newman contributed nine points in the Cardinals’ 71-66 upset of top-seeded Rochester on Jan. 16, and received Empire 8 Conference Player of the Week honors.

Freshman guard Jordan Gettings was tabbed the league’s Co-Rookie of the Week for his role in the tournament championship as he averaged 14.0 points with a 54.2 percent shooting from the floor.

The Cardinals have won five consecutive contests and are receiving votes in the latest national poll.

IN CONTROL:  Calvin College moved into sole possession of first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings with a pair of league victories on the road last week.

Junior center John Mantel turned in back-to-back double-doubles for the Knights, highlighted by 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 66-64 win over Hope College, which was previously unbeaten in league play.

The native of Chelsea, Mich., picked up his second MIAA Player of the Week award as he improved his season averages to 13.8 and 7.2 rebounds per game.
 
600 CLUB:  Colby College opened the NESCAC season with a milestone victory for head coach Dick Whitmore as the Mules defeated Bowdoin, 65-55, on Jan. 17.

Whitmore, who has been at the helm of Colby’s program for 38 seasons, has posted a 600-318 record during his tenure.  The 1965 Bowdoin graduate is only the seventh head coach in Division III history to accomplish the feat. 
"I should feel relieved right now, but I'm just too exhilarated and proud of what the team accomplished today," Whitmore said. "They won today the way so many of my teams have won in the past."