Feb. 18, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Metro State’s stock rose this week as the Roadrunners posted a 2-0 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play as they extended their winning streak to 12 games.  The Roadrunners moved up five spots to No. 18 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25 as they solidified first place in the RMAC East Division standings.

Senior Marquise Carrington sunk a career-high nine three pointers in the Roadrunners’ 74-68 win over Colorado Christian after contributing 11 points and six steals in a victory over Colorado Mines a night earlier.  The native of Philadelphia, Pa., garnered his first RMAC East Division Player of the Week award for his performance.  Carrington paces Metro State with 90 assists, and ranks third in the RMAC with 2.59 steals per game.

Metro State looks to continue its winning ways at Nebraska-Kearney on Feb. 20 in a RMAC divisional matchup.

BIG NIGHT:  No. 3 BYU-Hawaii staked its claim on at least a share of the Pacific West Conference title with an 86-52 victory at Notre Dame de Namur as the Seasiders remained unbeaten in conference play.

Freshman Jet Chang came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points as the Seasiders won a school-record 16th consecutive game.  The stretch surpasses the previous mark of 15 set by the 2003-04 team.

With just three conference games remaining for the Seasiders and both Dixie State and Chaminade, the teams trailing BYU–Hawaii in the standings, having three losses each, the worst the Seasiders can do is tie for the conference title. 

They look to clinch the outright championship at Dixie State Feb. 20.

PERFECT PIONEERS: C.W. Post senior guard Jonathan Schmidt collected his third East Coast Conference Player of the Week award after helping the Pioneers to a pair of conference wins as they stayed perfect on the year.

The native of Centereach, N.Y., tallied 33 points in a defeat of Bridgeport, and then added 22 points and a game-high eight assists versus Concordia.  Schmidt ranks second in the league with an 18.1 scoring average, and paces the conference with 6.50 assists per game.

With the victories, the second-ranked Pioneers clinched the ECC regular season title. The Pioneers and top-ranked Findlay are the only unbeaten teams in the nation.  C.W. Post looks to remain flawless at NYIT Feb. 18.

NOTABLE:  Bentley University climbed three spots to No. 16 in the latest national poll after stretching its winning streak to 13 games with victories over Southern New Hampshire and Saint Rose last week.  It is the fifth straight season that the Falcons have put together a 13-game winning streak … Delta State has worked its way into the NABC Division II Top 25 for the first time since the 2005-06 season.  The No. 24 Statesmen won a pair of Gulf South Conference contests last week, including an upset of then-No. 8 Christian Brothers, as they moved into a tie for first place in the league’s West Division standings with CBU … Cal State Dominguez Hills remained in a tie for first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings at the Toros notched two road wins behind the stellar play of senior guard Michael Hernandez.  The native of Whittier, Calif., averaged 21 points and 3.0 rebounds in wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State.  For his efforts, Hernandez was named Wilson CCCA Player of the Week for the first time this season.  The Toros have won four consecutive games.