Feb. 11, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

ROCK AND ROLL: Rockhurst University posted a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference wins last week to move into second place in the league’s West Division standings with a 10-3 record.

Junior guard Aaron Hill provided the offensive spark for the Hawks, starting the week with a career-high 36 points in a 93-82 win over Drury on Feb. 5.  In the contest, Hill set a single-game GLVC record by connecting on 16-of-16 free throws.

The native of Canton, Mo., followed it up with a game-high 27 points on 52.9 percent shooting from the field as the Hawks fended off Missouri S&T two days later.  Hill was named GLVC Player of the Week for his contributions.

Hill ranks second in the league with a 20.8 scoring average, and paces the GLVC with 3.73 three-point field goals made per game.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: Cal State San Bernardino’s Brandon Brown collected his third Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week award of the season – and second consecutive – as he propelled the Coyotes into sole possession of first place in the league standings.

The junior center averaged 30.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in wins over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus, highlighted by a career-high 29 points at Chico. 

The Coyotes have won five consecutive games, and hold a one-game lead over Cal State Dominguez Hills and Humboldt State in the CCAA standings.

CLIMBING UP: Mansfield is enjoying its longest winning streak since 2005 against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division foes after wins over Bloomsburg and Shippensburg last week.

Forward Tony Fannick was named PSAC East Freshman of the Week for the second straight week for averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in the victories, highlighted by 16 points on 83.3 percent shooting against Bloomsburg.

The two wins pushed Mansfield into a tie for second place in the PSAC East.  The Mountaineers will put their winning streak on the line against first-place Kutztown on Feb. 11.  Kutztown enters the contest riding a seven-game winning streak, and won the first meeting between the two teams last month.

MOORE, PLEASE:  After losing its first three South Atlantic Conference contests, Tusculum College has reeled off eight straight league victories to claim sole possession of first place in the league standings. 

Junior guard Kyle Moore has played a crucial role in the Pioneers’ run, averaging 30 points in victories over Lincoln Memorial and then-No. 25 Catawba last week.  The native of Gainesville, Fla., buried six three-pointers for 33 points against LMU, and added six more three-pointers for 27 points versus Catawba.  Moore shot 71 percent from beyond the arc for the week, earning his fifth SAC Player of the Week honor this season.

Moore tops the SAC with a 21.1 scoring average, and has posted 11 20-point games this year. 

NOTABLE:  Southwest Baptist’s Matt Rogers followed up this week’s Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Player of the Week honor with a career-high 37 points in an 81-70 win over Emporia State on Feb. 10.  He had 22 first-half points, which equaled the entire ESU squad’s output at intermission… Hilldale’s Tony Gugino became the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots in the Chargers win over Ferris State last week, and also contributed 29 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s first victory versus Grand Valley State since 2004.  The senior from Holland, Mich., was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division Player of the Week for his achievements.