March 4, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin
NCAA.com

West Virginia State cracked the NABC Division II Top 25 at No. 22 on March 3, and then followed it up with its 18th consecutive victory in a 126-83 defeat of Ohio Valley in the first round of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament contest.  It was the most points ever scored in a WVIAC Tournament game.

Senior Ted Scott tallied 21 points as one of six Yellow Jackets that scored in double figures.  The native of Columbus, Ohio, had just been named the WVIAC Player of the Year after averaging 23.5 points per game and shooting just over 50 percent for the season. His scoring average ranks second in the league and among the top five nationally in Division II. 
Scott was also named WVIAC Player of the Year during the 2006-07 season, but then missed last season due to a knee injury.

He is second on the school’s all-time scoring list.

"It's rewarding to see him come back to full strength after the knee injury and surgery," said head coach Bryan Poore.  "His hard work deserves a lot of credit and a lot of credit goes to the rest of our players.  The year off helped Ted in some ways.  He sees the game better.  We told him that he didn't have score 28 points per game for us to succeed this year.  He's really done a great job in making his teammates better."

West Virginia State will put their winning streak on the line against Wheeling Jesuit in the tournament quarterfinals March 5.

SCREAMING FOR SMITH:  The University of Southern Indiana notched a pair of crucial Great Lakes Valley Conference victories to claim the league’s West Division title and the right to host the conference tournament this weekend.

Junior guard Jamar Smith registered 28 points, including six three-pointers, in a 79-69 win over Drury on Feb. 26, and then added a game-high 18 points as the Screaming Eagles cruised to a 76-56 victory over Rockhurst two days later.
Smith shot 51.6 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc, earning GLVC Player of the Week honors.  The
No. 13 Eagles will face Lewis in the first round of the GLVC Tournament March 6.

CENTER OF ATTENTION: Junior center Brandon Brown, the reigning California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week, continued his stellar play with a game-winning dunk with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift Cal State San Bernardino in a 79-77 victory over Sonoma State March 3.

Brown, who averaged 28 points and nine rebounds in two CCAA road wins last week, contributed 21 points, nine rebounds and five steals in the defeat of the Seawolves in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.

The native of New Orleans, La., is averaging 20.6 points per game.

The Coyotes have now won five straight games and advance to face UC San Diego in the CCAA Tournament semifinals March 6.

NOTABLE:  Top-ranked Findlay rolled over Northwood University, 81-52, in the opening round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament March 3 as the Oilers remained perfect on the season.  The Oilers will now host the remainder of the league tournament beginning with Lake Superior State on March 6… C.W. Post senior guard Jonathan Schmidt was named East Coast Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year after helping the Pioneers to an undefeated regular season.  The native of Centereach, N.Y., leads the league with 19.3 points and 6.17 assists per game, and is the school’s all-time leading scorer.  The No. 2 Pioneers will look to defend their 2008 ECC title as they host Molloy College March 4.