Dec. 3, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin

TWICE AS NICE: Roanoke College claimed its second straight tournament title as senior forward Curtis Peery once again led the Maroons on the court as they improved their winning streak to four games.

The native of Salem, Va., collected 49 points and 14 rebounds as he guided the Maroons to the CNU Invitational Championship last weekend, and earned his second tournament Most Valuable Player award in as many weeks.  Peery’s performance was highlighted by 26 points and 10 rebounds against Wesley in the tournament championship on Nov. 29 as he recorded his 11th career double-double. 

Peery was also named Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second straight week.  He currently needs just seven points to become the 31st player in the 95-year history of the program to reach the 1,000-point mark.

The Maroons will open the ODAC season against Hampden-Sydney on Dec. 3.

HISTORY-MAKING: Elms College is off to their first 6-0 start in program history following an 82-66 non-conference victory over Western New England College on Dec. 2.

Junior forward Javon Mathis of West Hartford, Conn., netted a season-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Blazers kept their perfect record intact.  Mathis, who has not started a game this season, leads the squad with 15.2 points per game.

Elms earned its first-ever national ranking at the No. 25 spot in the preseason poll, quickly climbing up to No. 16 this week with its stellar start.

MOVING UP: Following its’ first-ever NCAA quarterfinal appearance last year, St. Mary’s (Md.) is making more strides with an early season run. 

The Seahawks are fresh off a come-from-behind win over Johns Hopkins University in the Fourth Annual Provident Pride of Maryland Division III Men's Basketball Scholarship Tournament on Nov. 30, which improved their record to 5-0 on the year. 

Junior guard Camontae Griffin, who transferred from Shaw University, sparked St. Mary’s with a season-high 28 points against JHU to earn Most Valuable Player honors.  He leads all players with 21.0 points per game.

On the merits of their flawless record, the Seahawks have made their first appearance in the Top 20 as they moved up to No. 18 in the latest poll.  The defending Capital Athletic Conference champion will open league play at Stevenson University on Dec. 3.

NOTABLE:  University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire head coach Terry Gibbons notched his 200th career victory with a 74-66 win over Finlandia University on Dec. 2, becoming the 14th coach in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history to achieve the feat … Senior guard Chris Faidley garnered MVP honors of the san Antonio Shootout after posting 29 points and seven rebounds per game as Whitman recorded a 1-1 mark in the tournament.  The native of Shoreline, Wash., scored 36 points against Olivet, including eight 3-pointers, as he climbed to eighth place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,307 points.  He was also named Northwest Conference Player of the Week for his efforts, and paces the league in scoring with 24.5 points … Gettysburg College has cracked the top 10 of the Top 25 for the first time in program history at No. 9 after beginning the year with a 3-0 mark.  Senior guard Dan Capkin tops the team in scoring with 18.7 points per game.