Jan. 14, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

HALL PASS: Alderson-Broaddus College ran its winning streak to nine games with a 96-81 victory over Fairmont State on Jan. 12 as the Battlers improved to 10-1 while remaining unbeaten in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

Stan Hall netted 33 points on 15-of-20 shooting from the field with eight rebounds and seven assists as he led the Battlers in scoring for the third straight game.

Before his outstanding performance on Monday, the senior guard from Canton, Ohio, averaged 27.5 points in wins over District of Columbia and Glenville State to earn WVIAC Player of the Week honors last week.  He leads the team and ranks third in the league with 23.6 points per game.

The Battlers recent success propelled the squad into the latest NABC Division II Top 25 at No. 15.

NO PROBLEMS, HOUSTON: Catawba College’s Antonio Houston picked up his second South Athletic Conference Player of the Week award after sparking his team to a pair of league victories as they remained undefeated in conference play.

The junior guard averaged 24.5 points and eight rebounds, including a season-high 31 points against Wingate.  Houston, a native of Charlotte, N.C., followed it up with 18 points against Tusculum, sealing the victory with a pair of game-winning free throws in the waning seconds of the contest.  Houston leads the squad with 19.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season.

The victories vaulted Catawba nine spots to No. 14 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25.

JAGUARS JUMP: Augusta State rolled to three victories last week, beginning with an upset of then-No. 2 USC Aiken on Jan. 5, behind the stellar play of junior guard Ben Madgen.

The native of Williamstown, Australia, tallied a career-high 33 points in an 87-76 win against the Pacers.  Madgen then added nine points in a season-low 22 minutes of action in a convincing 81-46 win over UNC Pembroke, and returned to score 23 points and the game-winning basket in a 74-72 come-from-behind victory versus Armstrong Atlantic State on Jan. 10.

Magden averaged 21.7 points while shooting 51.2 percent from the field as he was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week.  He also moved up to 14th on the school’s career scoring list with 1,231 points.
ASU climbed three spots to No. 7 in the latest NABC poll, and has now appeared in the top 10 for a school-record 11 straight weeks dating back to last season.

NOTABLE:  Findlay maintained a grip on the No. 1 spot in the national rankings behind the play of senior forward Josh Bostic, who led the Oilers with 21.5 points and 5.0 rebounds last week.  His week was highlighted by a career-best 31 points in a 92-77 win at Wayne State.  Bostic received Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division Player of the Week for his contributions.  The Oilers will look to stay unbeaten when they host Northern Michigan on Jan. 15.  Findlay has won 64 straight regular season games at home … Bellarmine claimed its highest ranking in school history at No. 2 this week after winning its last three games – all against nationally-ranked foes – by at least 14 points.  The Knights topped then-No. 8 Southern Indiana, 82-68, on Jan. 10 to stretch their school-record winning streak to 14 games.  It is the longest winning streak in Division II this season.