Jan. 28, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

GRABBING ATTENTION:  The University of Southern Indiana turned back two Great Lakes Valley Conference foes last week to hold on to sole possession of first place in the league’s West Division standings.

Senior forward Anthony Pimble averaged 19 points and seven rebounds, while shooting 73.7 percent from the field for the week as the Screaming Eagles defeated Missouri-St. Louis and Rockhurst.  He tallied a career-best 25 points in a double-overtime win against Rockhurst, sealing the win with a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining in the second OT period. 

Pimble was rewarded with GLVC Player of the Week honors, and then started this week with 17 points in the Screaming Eagles resounding 100-58 non-conference win over Lake Erie.

USI has won three straight games, moving up two spots to No. 19 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25.

GOLDEN BOY: Kutztown University’s Dave Ben garnered Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Player of the Week after becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer with 22 points in an 85-69 win over Mansfield on Jan. 21.

The senior from Coatesville, Pa., followed the record-setting performance with 20 points as the Golden Bears edged Shippensburg, 69-68, on Jan. 24.  Ben now has 1,704 points in his career. 

Kutztown looks to remain on top of the PSAC East standings in a divisional match-up at West Chester on Jan. 28.

TERRIFIC TOROS:  Cal State Dominguez Hills took over sole possession of first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings with a pair of league wins last week.

Senior forward Jerrell Smith netted 10 points as the Toros toppled conference co-leader Humboldt State, 69-52, to start the weekend.  The native of Gardena, Calif., then added 15 points and three blocked shots as the Toros cruised past Sonoma State, 79-56, the next night.  Smith was tabbed Wilson CCAA Player of the Week for his contributions.

The Toros have won four straight games, and look to extend the streak against second-place Cal State San Bernardino on Jan. 30 in a league match-up.

PIONEER PLAUDITS:  C.W. Post remained perfect with a pair of wins last week as the Pioneers stayed in the No. 2 slot in the latest NABC Division II Top 25.

Senior guard Nick Carter shot 60 percent from the floor, and missed just one free throw on the week as he helped the Pioneers stay undefeated.  Carter’s week was highlighted by 24 points in a victory over Dowling.  The native of Huntington Station, N.Y., was named East Coast Conference Player of the Week for his efforts.

The Pioneers are one of just two unbeaten teams in Division II men’s basketball with top-ranked Findlay being the other flawless squad.

NOTABLE:  Armstrong Atlantic State vaulted six spots to No. 12 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25 after putting together the program’s best start to a season since 1978-79.  It is the Pirates’ highest ranking since holding the No. 8 spot in 1979.  The Pirates (14-2) have won four straight contests … Sophomore guard Rion Rayfield averaged 20 points and five rebounds per game last week as the Moccasins stretched their winning streak to 11 games while improving to 6-1 in Sunshine State Conference play.  He connected on five three-pointers in the 89-70 win over Tampa, and earned SSC Player of the Week for his performance … BYU-Hawaii climbed to No. 4 in the latest national poll – the Seasiders high ranking in school history – after starting the season with a 13-1 record.  The Seasiders top the nation with a 52.9 field goal percentage.