Jan. 12, 2010

By Amy Farnum

In a battle between two nationally-ranked archrivals, Williams College notched a three-point victory, 72-69, over Amherst College on Jan. 9 for the first time in the last six contests held on the Ephs’ home court.

Sophomore guard James Wang tallied 19 points and six assists for the Ephs in the Amherst victory, earning New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.  The native of Sydney, Australia, began the week with 23 points in a resounding 111-88 win over Colby-Sawyer.  For the week, Wang averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting .542 from the floor.

The Ephs have won three straight games following their loss to current No. 1 Randolph-Macon on Dec. 30.  Williams is No. 7 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, and takes on Tufts and Bates on Jan. 15-16 to open its’ NESCAC schedule.

ENGINEERING VICTORY: MIT continued to roll against Division III foes this season as the Engineers improved to 13-1 with a 72-45 win over Babson College to open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Jan. 9.  

The Engineers, ranked No. 9 in the latest national poll, are off to their best start in program history with their only setback coming against Division I Harvard.  Sophomore Noel Hollingsworth contributed a career-high 37 points against Babson and currently leads the team in scoring (21.2 points per game) and rebounds (9.4).

MIT is the defending NEWMAC champion, and made its’ first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance last year.  The Engineers continue conference action against WPI on Jan. 13.

RUNNIN’ OVER THE COMPETITION:  Last week, Eastern Mennonite earned its first-ever national ranking at No. 24, and the Runnin Royals successfully defended that position with two convincing victories, which pushed them up to No. 18 in the latest poll.

The Royals downed Washington & Lee, 83-48, on Jan. 6, and then followed it up with a 119-91 decision over Roanoke as they moved to 11-1 and 5-0 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.

Forward D.J. Hinson averaged 28 points and went 13-of-20 from three-point range, garnering ODAC Player of the Week honors.  The native of Newport News, Va., put up a career-best 34 points against W&L.  

The Royals will now turn their attention to No. 1 and unbeaten Randolph-Macon as they host the Yellow Jackets for an ODAC clash on Jan. 13.  It is the first time EMU has hosted or played a top-ranked team.  R-MC is off to its best start in program history at 13-0.

CRUISING THROUGH CONFERENCE:  Fifth-ranked St. Thomas University pulled out a 77-68 victory over St. Mary’s on Jan. 11 as the Tommies set the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference mark with 32 straight wins against league foes.

St. Thomas also held the previous record of 31 consecutive MIAC wins set in 1965-67.  UST improved to 7-0 in league play, and is tied with Gustavus for first place in the league standings.  The two unbeaten MIAC squads will meet at Gustavus on Jan. 13.

Washington (Mo.) point guard Sean Wallis became the latest member of the 1,000-point club as he netted a game-high 24 points in a 64-60 win versus the University of Chicago on Jan. 9 opening University Athletic Association action.

Wallis is the 19th player in Washington history to accomplish the feat.  He also registered four assists in the contest, climbing to 18th place in NCAA Division III all-time history with 665.

The third-ranked Bears continue UAA play against No. 20 Brandeis on Jan. 16.