Dec. 31, 2009

By Amy Farnum

MOC TRIALS: Junior guard Rion Rayfield garnered Most Valuable Player of the Holiday Inn South/Ledger Tournament after leading No. 2 Florida Southern to wins over Lake Erie and St. Joseph's (Ind.) at the event.

Rayfield paced the Moccasins with 21 points in an 88-86 come-from-behind win over Lake Erie on Dec. 28, and followed it up with 18 points, a career-high 14 assists and five steals in a 92-83 defeat of St. Joseph's the next day. The Mocs will enter the New Year with an 11-0 mark - their best start since the 2004-05 season.

Florida Southern returns to Sunshine State Conference action when it hosts Florida Tech on Jan. 2.

STUBBORN MULES: Top-ranked Central Missouri did not slow down the pace after holiday break in its 83-60 win over Pittsburg State on Dec. 28 as the Mules remained unbeaten in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Sanijay Watts continued his stellar play, scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds in the contest. He leads the MIAA with 9.4 rebounds per game, and is second in scoring with 21.2 points per contest.

The Mules look to keep their record flawless when they host Washburn on Jan. 2.

CENTURY MARK: No. 10 Southern Indiana eclipsed triple-digit scoring for the fourth straight game with a 106-61 victory over Brevard College on Dec. 29 as the Screaming Eagles stayed perfect at 11-0.

Four straight 100-point games is a school record for the Screaming Eagles. USI had scored 100-plus points in three straight games six times previously.

Senior guard Jamar Smith paced the Eagles with a game-high 23-points and seven rebounds, while senior forward Tyron Bradshaw contributed a career-high seven blocked shots.

USI is back in action against Illinois-Springfield on Jan. 2 for a Great Lakes Valley Conference match-up.

FALCONS FLYING: After squeaking out a 66-65 victory over Bridgeport on Dec. 29, No. 21 Bentley notched a 69-55 win against Post University to claim the Bridgeport Holiday Classic title on Wednesday.

Bentley has now won four straight and improved to 9-2 against Division II foes.

Senior All-America Jason Westrol poured in 17 points in the one-point win against the tournament host, and followed it up with 23 points and eight rebounds in the second contest. He moved up to eighth on Bentley's all-time scoring list with 1,596 career points, and is only the ninth player in program history to reach 600 career field goals.

Bentley looks to keep up its winning ways in the New Year against St. Michael's on Jan. 2.

VIKINGS STILL VICTORS: No. 16 Western Washington stretched its winning streak to 11 games by rallying from an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat Dixie State, 81-73, on Dec. 29.

Senior guard Morris Anderson tallied 17 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to spark the Vikings' victory. Anderson's total was well above his season scoring average of 13.2.

The Vikings are riding the fourth-longest winning streak in school history, and will try to keep it going when they host Division III's SUNY-Geneseo on Jan. 2.