Jan. 6, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF:  Rollins College returned from holiday break with a trio of victories last week as the Tars captured their fourth straight Winter Park Rotary Tangerine Tournament title as well as a Sunshine State Conference win over Saint Leo.

Sophomore Nick Wolf was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 18.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in wins over Concordia (N.Y.) and Flagler.  The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, followed it up with a career-high 27 points and season-best 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year in the defeat of Saint Leo.  Wolf was selected SSC Player of the Week for his outstanding play.

Wolf tops the Tars with 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, and a .640 field goal percentage.  The Tars have won four straight games.

TRIPLE THREAT: No. 3 Southwest Baptist University posted its fourth triple-figure scoring total in the last six games with a 104-69 victory over Emporia State on Jan. 3.  The Bearcats improved to 12-0 with their third Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association win of the week.

Senior guard D’Ante Harris was one of seven players that scored in double figures for the Bearcats with 11 points against ESU.  The native of Bossier City, La., netted double-digits in each of SBU’s three games last week, averaging 15.3 points per game to garner MIAA Player of the Week honors.

The Bearcats rank third in Division II with a 95.6 scoring average, and top the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.71.  SBU is the only unbeaten team remaining in the MIAA.

HALL PASS:  Bellarmine University remained perfect on the year after notching three wins last week as the Knights got off to their best start in school history at 12-0.

Senior guard Chartrael Hall played a crucial role in the Knights’ success last week, averaging 15.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field.  He tied a team-best 19 points along with nine rebounds in Bellarmine’s 77-60 win versus No. 17 Northern Kentucky on Jan. 2.

Hall received Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week for his performance.  He is second on the team with 13.1 points per game, and leads the Knights with 5.8 rebounds per contest.

Bellarmine looks to remain unbeaten with a pair of games against nationally-ranked opponents this week, hosting No. 11 Kentucky Wesleyan and No. 18 Southern Indiana.

NOTABLE:  East Stroudsburg’s Chris Bach was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Player of the Week after pacing the Warriors in scoring in each of the last four games, including 18 points in an upset of then-No. 4 Gannon on Jan. 4.  He averaged 23.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for the week.  Bach ranks fourth in the league with 20.5 points per game … Lake Superior State senior guard Mark Morse was selected Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week after draining a school-record nine three-pointers while scoring a career-best 29 points in the Lakers’ 102-74 win against Saginaw Valley State on Jan. 2 … Shepherd sophomore guard Jonathan Motichka tallied a career-high 26 points in a 70-55 win over No. 22 Pitt Johnstown as the Rams claimed their first victory over a ranked opponent since January 2006.  He earned West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his contribution.