Feb. 9, 2010

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

COASTING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The College of Wooster claimed at least a share of its’ sixth straight North Coast Athletic Conference championship as the Fighting Scots fended off Wabash’s attempt to hand them their first league defeat on Feb. 7.

Senior Brandon Johnson grabbed his career-best sixth steal on the final possession of the contest to hold off the Little Giants, 64-61, as Wooster improved to 12-0 in the NCAC.  Johnson also contributed 11 points in the match-up.  

Wooster, which moved up to No. 19 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, can clinch the league’s outright championship at Hiram on Feb. 10.  The Fighting Scots have won 12 straight games.

STREAKING STOUT:
UW-Stout is riding a three-game winning streak that has boosted its Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record above .500, a stretch that has included two victories over Top 5 opponents.

After knocking off then-No. 5 UW-Whitewater two weekends ago, the Blue Devils returned to upset then-No. 4 UW-Stevens Point, 69-67, on Feb. 3.  Stout went on to post a resounding 70-48 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Feb. 6 as the Blue Devils moved to 7-6 and third-place in the league standings.  The Blue Devils have won seven of their last nine WIAC games.

Stout looks to keep up its winning ways at UW-Superior on Feb. 10.

KEEPING HOPE ALIVE:  Hope College remained in contention for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title as the Flying Dutchmen grabbed a share of first place in the league standings with a pair of conference victories last week.  

Junior Peter Bunn began the week with 10 points and five assists versus Alma, and then added a career-high 31 points in the Flying Dutchmen’s 71-69 win over Olivet on Feb. 6.  The native of Lansing, Mich., was named MIAA Player of the Week for the second time this season after shooting 65 percent from the floor and 67 percent from three-point range for the week.

Hope, winner of seven straight, is tied with Calvin at 8-2 in the MIAA as the rivals head into the final two weeks of regular season play.

STAYING ON TOP: Guilford College’s Tyler Sanborn garnered Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season as he helped the No. 1 Quakers hold off Hampden-Sydney, 76-74, last week as they extended their winning streak to 15 games.

The senior center notched his league-leading 17th double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds in the contest, and blocked a potential game-tying shot in the final seconds to seal the victory for the Quakers.  Sanborn ranks fifth in the nation with a 65.9 field goal percentage, and is third in Division III with 13.8 rebounds per game.  

The Quakers will put their third-longest winning streak in school history on the line against No. 16 Eastern Mennonite on Feb. 10.  

SLAM DUNKS: 
St. Thomas stretched its winning streak to eight games with a 58-55 come-from-behind win against Carleton to clinch a share of its fifth straight Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship.  The Tommies have won 53 consecutive MIAC home games.  St. Thomas needs a win or a Gustavus loss in the final four regular season games to earn the outright MIAC title … Carthage junior Steve Djurickovic netted a career-high 44 points in a 68-63 win at Wheaton (Ill.) as he was named CCIW Player of the Week for the fourth time this season … Cabrini College cracked the D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 25 after moving to 12-1 in Colonial States Athletic Conference with an 81-59 win over Rosemont College on Feb. 4.  Senior forward Kevin Misevicius posted a game-high 23 points in the contest, and needs just 23 points to reach 1,000 points at Cabrini.