Notebook: Guilford Rises
Feb. 2, 2010
By Amy Farnum
QUAKERS RISE TO TOP: Guilford College moved into the No. 1 spot of the D3hoops.com Top 25 for the first time in school history after posting a 2-0 week combined with previous No. 1 UW-Steven Point's loss to UW-Whitewater last week.
Senior center Tyler Sanborn garnered Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for his part in the Quakers' success. He averaged 27.5 points and 15.5 rebounds as the Quakers turned back Roanoke College and Randolph-Macon to remain on top of the ODAC standings. Sanborn tallied a career-best 29 points along with 18 rebounds versus Roanoke and added 26 points and 13 rebounds against then-No. 9 R-MC for his 16th double-double of the season.
Sanborn ranks third in the nation with 13.7 rebounds per game, and is listed sixth in Division III with a 66.4 field goal percentage.
Guilford has won 14 straight games, the third-longest winning streak in school history. The Quakers' only loss came at No. 7 Virginia Wesleyan in December. They will test their top billing against Hampden-Sydney College on Feb. 3.
BEAR TRACKS: Third-ranked Washington (Mo.) University took over sole possession of first place in the University Athletic Association standings as the Bears downed Emory, 65-56, on Jan. 31 in a battle between the two top teams in the league. The Bears, who defeated Emory for the ninth straight time, snapped the Eagles' winning streak at six games.
Graduate student Sean Wallis tallied 16 points to lead the Bears in scoring for the third consecutive contest. Washington U. also played a stifling defense, holding Emory to just 35.6 shooting on the day. It was the 14th time in 18 games the Bears have limited an opponent to under 45 percent shooting.
The Bears return to action against Rochester on Feb. 5 as they try to remain on top of the UAA standings.
SEEING RED: Carthage's Steve Djurickovic was selected College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Player of the Week for his efforts in moving the Red Men into sole possession of first place in the league standings last week.
The junior guard netted a game-high 36 points with 10 assists in Carthage's 76-61 win over North Park on Jan. 27, tying a CCIW single-game record for three-point field goal percentage (8-for-10, .800). He followed it up with 18 points and 10 assists in the Red Men's upset of then-No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan over the weekend.
Djurickovic, the son of Carthage head coach Bosko Djurickovic, ranks fourth in the nation with a 23.7 scoring average, and second in Division III with 7.8 assists per game.
Carthage, which cracked the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 23, continues league play at Wheaton (Ill.) on Feb. 3.
SLAM DUNKS: No. 2 Williams College will tangle with newly-ranked No. 25 Colby College in Williamstown on Feb. 5 in a battle for first place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference standings. Both squads will enter the contest with 5-0 league records. Williams leads the nation with a 20.2 scoring margin and 52.3 field goal percentage, and ranks fifth in Division III with an 87.2 scoring average. Meanwhile, Colby has been limiting foes to 38.4 shooting, which ranks 11th in the nation ... Since junior guard Alex Healy joined the St. Thomas starting line-up on Jan. 16, the fifth-ranked Tommies have posted a 7-0 record in 17 days. Healy's most recent performance was a game-high 21 points against St. Mary's as the Tommies increased their lead in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings to 3 ½ games. Healy has led the Tommies in scoring twice and in rebounding twice during the stretch.