Jan. 20, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Nebraska-Omaha moved into a tie for second place in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association standings after knocking off a pair of nationally-ranked league foes last week.

Senior guard Michael Jenkins netted 26 points in an 88-84 upset of then-No. 5 Southwest Baptist Jan. 14, and followed it up with 27 points in the Mavericks’ 10-point victory versus then-No. 13 Missouri Southern Jan. 17. He combined to make 23-of-24 free throws for the week.

The native of Bellevue, Neb., was selected MIAA Player of the Week for his contributions.  Jenkins ranks fifth in the league with a 17.2 scoring average, and moved up to sixth on the school’s career scoring list with 1,357 points.

WORKING THEIR WAY UP: No. 18 Northern Kentucky earned a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference victories and moved into a tie for first place in the league’s East Division with the help of Dustin Maguire’s stellar play.

The sophomore center started the week with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Rockhurst and then tallied 30 points in a 91-86 overtime win versus Drury.  Maguire nailed a trio of three-pointers in the final 1:05 of regulation to force overtime against Drury.

The native of Edwardsville, Ill., was named GLVC Player of the Week for his performance.

GOING FOR A RIDE: Midwestern State’s Nolan Richardson was tabbed Lone Star Conference South Division Player of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks after propelling the Mustangs to their 10th straight victory.

The senior scored a game-high 23 points in a win over Angelo State to start the week, and then converted a four-point play with 29.5 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Mustangs over Texas A&M-Kingsville Jan. 17. He finished with a game-high 21 points against TAMUK. 

The Mustangs look to stretch the program’s longest winning streak since the 1999-2000 season (15 games) against West Texas A&M on Jan. 21.  With a victory, Midwestern State will be 3-0 in LSC divisional play for the first time since 2000-01.

BACH AGAIN:  East Stroudsburg senior forward Chris Bach collected his second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Player of the Week award in the last three weeks after leading the Warriors to a pair of wins in league play.

The native of Levittown, Pa., averaged 28.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in victories over Kutztown and Shippensburg as the Warriors stretched their winning streak to five games.  Bach, who scored a career-high 34 points in a double-overtime defeat of Shippensburg, now has five double-double performances on the season.

IN THE FRONT ROWE:  North Georgia’s Anthony Row reached the 1,000-point plateau with a career-best 30 points in the Saints’ double-overtime loss to then-No. 7 Augusta State last week, earning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week for his accomplishment.

The senior center began the week with 10 points and 13 rebounds in North Georgia’s victory over Columbus State, and combined to shoot 54 percent from the field for the week.

Rowe, who tops the squad with eight double-doubles this year, is the only player in the PBC to average a double-double per game (13.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg).  He also paces the league in rebounding.