Jan. 26, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Sporting its highest national ranking in school history, No. 2 Guilford College held on to its lofty position this week as the Quakers downed Roanoke and Bridgewater College to extend their winning streak to 12 games.

Clay Henson paced the squad with 29.0 points and 7.0 three-point field goals per game, while shooting 61 percent from the field, to earn Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.  

Henson's week was highlighted by a season-30 points that included eight three-point fields in Guilford's victory against Roanoke. He now has seven 20-point games this season and is currently fifth in the league in scoring with 18.7 points per game.

Guilford is one of four ODAC teams listed in the D3hoops.com Top 25, and fighting for position as the league's top team.  Virginia Wesleyan climbed up to No. 7 with its victory over then-No. 3 Randolph-Macon last week, while R-MC fell to No. 9.  Eastern Mennonite also dropped to No. 11 with a setback against Bridgewater on Jan. 23.  Each of the four squads has one or two losses in ODAC play.

PUTTING UP A WALL: Amherst College remained unbeaten in New England Small College Athletic Conference play with a pair of league victories behind the stellar play of sophomore David Waller last week.

The native of Tampa, Fla., averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in wins versus Curry and Trinity last week as the Lord Jeffs moved to 3-0 in conference action.  Waller netted a career-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting against Curry, and followed it up with a career-best 10 rebounds and five assists as Amherst edged Trinity, 67-65.

Waller has tallied double-figures in each of his last four games, averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest, while shooting 66.7 from the field.

The No. 18 Lord Jeffs step out of NESCAC play to host Vassar College on Jan. 26.

Whitworth University set a school record for consecutive victories with 14 as the Pirates handed Linfield its first league loss to take over sole possession of first place in the Northwest Conference standings. Eric Beal tallied 18 points in the 79-62 victory against Linfield as the Pirates improved to 8-0 in NWC action.  

The Pirates' current 14-game winning streak surpasses the 13-game streaks reached two other times in school history. The 1996-97 NAIA Division II runners-up won 13 in a row and the 2006-07 Pirates opened 13-0.

Whitworth looks to remain flawless in NWC play against Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College this weekend.

NEW ENGLAND SHOCKER: Wheaton (Mass.) College handed then-No. 8 MIT its first loss to a Division III team this season as the Lyons downed the Engineers, 60-57, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Jan. 23.

MIT's only other loss was to Division I's Harvard University.  Wheaton had entered the contest with just one win in league play.  The Engineers, ranked No. 14 this week, look to return to their winning ways against Tufts on Jan. 26.

SLAM DUNKS:  Wheaton (Ill.) College's Tim McCrary garnered College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Week for the third time this season for playing a key role in two league victories last week, including a 66-65 upset of then-No. 17 Illinois Wesleyan.  The sophomore averaged 24.5 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 62.5 perfect from the field for the week.  He has posted a double-double in four straight games, and seven contests this season.  He leads the CCIW in scoring and rebounds against league opponents ... William Paterson pushed its school-record winning streak to 16 games as the Pioneers downed Rutgers-Camden as they moved to 7-0 in New Jersey Athletic Conference play.  The No. 16 Pioneers look to continue the streak at New Jersey City on Jan. 27.