Jan. 13, 2010

By Amy Farnum

After posting the best start in program history at 13-0, coupled with losses by then-No. 1 Central Missouri and then-No. 2 Florida Southern last week, Augusta State has taken over the top spot in the latest NABC Top 25.

It is the first time ASU has received a No. 1 ranking in any sport, and is the first-ever No. 1 ranking by a men’s basketball squad in the 20-year history of the Peach Belt Conference.

Senior Ben Magden played a key role in the Jags’ 3-0 week, becoming both ASU and the PBC’s all-time leading scorer during the stretch.  The native of Williamstown, Australia, averaged 20.0 points while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor, earning PBC Player of the Week honors for the fifth time in his career.

The Jags will now travel to Armstrong Atlantic State on Jan. 13 to test out their new No. 1 ranking.

  The lone unbeaten teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference will battle for Eastern Division bragging rights as No. 3 Kutztown hosts No. 24 East Stroudsburg on Jan. 13.

The Golden Bears are the defending PSAC East champions, and are off to their best start (12-0) in more than 90 years.  ESU, which earned its first national ranking since the 1991-92 season this week, has put together a 13-0 school-record start.  Kutztown has won 13 consecutive regular season PSAC East games with its last loss coming at ESU in the division opener last year.

The match-up features the two top scoring offenses in the PSAC as Kutztown leads the conference in scoring (85.7 ppg) followed by ESU (84.5 ppg). The Warriors pace the PSAC in scoring defense (60.9 ppg), while Kutztown tops the league in field goal percentage (51.9).

TIGER TALES: Fort Hays State vaulted four spots to No. 6 in the latest NABC Top 25 after knocking off then-No. 1 Central Missouri and then-No. 11 Southwest Baptist in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play last week.

Junior guard Corbin Kuntzsch began the week with 13 points in the upset of the Mules, and followed it up with a career-high 33 points against SBU.  He connected on all five of his three-point attempts in the contest.  He was named MIAA Player of the Week for his performance.

Kuntzsch has scored in double-digits in all seven MIAA games this year and tops Fort Hays State in scoring against conference foes with 16.9 points per game. He also leads the Tigers in rebounding with 7.1 per game.

The Tigers will visit Pittsburg State on Jan. 16 as they look to improve on their perfect MIAA record of 8-0.

A pair of Top 10 teams will battle for position in the Great Lakes Valley Conference standings as No. 5 Southern Indiana puts its flawless record on the line at No. 10 Kentucky Wesleyan on Jan. 14.

USI (15-0) is one win short of tying its best start in program history, and sits atop the GLVC standings with a 6-0 mark.  The Screaming Eagles boast the third-leading scoring average in the nation at 95.3 ppg, and pace Division II with a 32.9 scoring margin and 53.0 field goal percentage.  Senior guard Jamar Smith leads the GLVC in scoring with 24.1 points per game.

The Panthers have reeled off 16 straight victories since losing to San Francisco State in their season opener, and are 5-0 in league play.