Jan. 19, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Just two weeks after earning its first-ever national ranking, Eastern Mennonite vaulted 11 spots to No. 7 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 on the merits of a 90-67 upset of then-No. 1 Randolph-Macon last week.

The Runnin Royals then stretched its winning streak to five games with a victory over Randolph, 86-74, on Jan. 16 as they improved to 7-0 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.

EMU is one of the top scoring teams in the nation, putting up 90.7 points per game, and is also among the Division III leaders with a +8.21 turnover ratio.  The Runnin Royals are back in action against Emory & Henry on Jan. 20 as they look to remain flawless in ODAC play.

Wooster College snuck into D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 25 on the strength of a six-game winning streak after picking up a pair of North Coast Athletic Conference wins behind the stellar play of Ian Franks last week.

Franks guided the Fighting Scots in a come-from-behind win over Allegheny College, scoring 16 straight points during one stretch of his career-best 33-point night in the eventual 69-68 victory for Wooster.

The junior guard from Greenwich, Ohio, then added a game-high 19 points in the Fighting Scots’ victory over Earlham on Jan. 16.  For the week, Franks shot 59.4 percent from the floor and was named NCAC Player of the Week for his efforts.

Wooster is 6-0 in NCAC play, and continues conference action on Jan. 20 at Oberlin, which is searching for its first league win.

WHAT’S THE POINT?  UW-Stevens Point was voted as the unanimous choice for the nation’s new No. 1 team as the Pointers stretched their unbeaten streak to eight games, while several other Top 5 teams suffered setbacks last week.

The last time UW-Stevens Point held the No. 1 spot was in the final week of the 2007-08 season.  The Pointers reached the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to Washington (Mo.) University that year.  It is the 21st time in the history of the D3hoops.com poll that the Pointers have held the No. 1 position.

The Pointers return to the court on Jan. 20 at UW-Eau Claire as they look to remain on top of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.  UWSP is currently tied with No. 6 UW-Whitewater for the league lead at 6-1.

SLAM DUNKS:  Guilford College matched its best start since 1967 after a 96-62 win over Roanoke on Jan. 18 as it improved to 15-1 on the year with its 11th straight victory.  Guilford also moved to No. 2 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, and will test its new ranking against Bridgewater College in an ODAC match-up on Jan. 20 … New Jersey City University held its’ second straight opponent to under 40 points with a 79-38 win over the New York City College of Technology on Jan. 18.  The Gothic Knights also shut down City Tech junior Gabriel Davis, who entered the contest as the second-ranked scorer (24.7 ppg) in Division III.  Davis netted just six points in the game.  The Gothic Knights have won four straight contests … William Paterson is riding a 14-game winning streak after surviving a double-overtime clash against Baruch, 87-81, on Jan. 18 behind senior Abdoulaye Ouedraogo’s career-high 28 points.  The Pioneers cracked the national rankings at No. 21 for their successful streak … Brandeis University notched its’ first-ever road sweep of its University Athletic Association Midwestern opponents, upending then-No. 3 Washington (Mo.) and Chicago last weekend.  Senior guard Andre Roberson combined for 39 points in the two victories.  The Judges moved up to No. 15 after their 2-0 week.