Feb. 23, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Carthage College claimed its first outright College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title since 2002 after closing out its’ regular season schedule with a pair of league wins last week.

The Red Men’s 70-63 victory over Millikin on Feb. 20 also gave the program their first 20-win season since the squad advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 2002.

Junior Steve Djurickovic picked up his fifth CCIW Player of the Week award after averaging 30.0 points on the week.  The native of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., paces the league and ranks third in Division III with a 24.2 scoring average.

Carthage, which jumped four spots to No. 16 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 this week, will host the CCIW Tournament on Feb. 26-27.  The Red Men will take on fourth-seeded Augustana in semifinal action on Friday.

REAPING REWARDS: St. Mary’s College (Md.) captured its second straight Capital Athletic Conference regular season title after plowing through league foes with a 4-0 record last week.

Senior guard Camontae Griffin led the Seahawks with 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game, highlighted by a season-high 22 points and five assists in a battle for first place with Wesley College on Feb. 16.  For his efforts, the native of Baltimore, Md., was selected CAC Player of the Week for the fifth time this season.

No. 14 St. Mary’s will host the CAC semifinals on Feb. 25 and face the winner of the Hood-Marymount (Va.) first round contest.

PIRATE PERFECTION: Whitworth University cruised to a 77-53 victory at second-place Linfield College as the Pirates concluded their Northwest Conference schedule with a flawless 16-0 mark. Last year’s Puget South squad is the only other NWC team to compile a perfect record in the last 22 years.

Fifth-ranked Whitworth paces the league in both scoring offense (84.3 ppg) and scoring defense (68.4 ppg), as well as field goal percentage (48.3).  Nate Montgomery is the conference’s top player in field goal percentage as he is shooting at a 60.2 clip.

The Pirates will enter the NWC Tournament on a 22-game winning streak, hosting Lewis & Clark on Feb. 25.

  Central College (Iowa) completed a perfect home schedule with a 10-point win over Cornell College on Feb. 20, stretching its winning streak to eight games and tying the program’s best regular season record at 21-4.

The Dutch, who cracked the D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 25 this week, hosts the Iowa Conference Tournament by virtue of winning the regular season championship.  The last time Central compiled 21 wins was in the 1977-78 season.

SLAM DUNKS:  Led by senior forward Kevin Misevicius’ 31 points and 13 rebounds in an 89-87 win over Neumann on Feb. 20, Cabrini College finished the season with a 17-1 league mark to win the Colonial States Athletic Conference.  The Cavaliers have posted 23 wins for the first time since the 1995-96 season.  No. 21 Cabrini hosts the CSAC Tournament beginning Feb. 24 … Both the men’s and women’s UW-Whitewater basketball squads claimed Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles on their home court on the final day of regular season action against UW-Superior on Feb. 20.  UW-Superior accomplished the feat in 2008, also on the final day of the regular season … Following a week chock full of conference tournaments that will decide many teams’ fates in the upcoming NCAA Championship, the Division III bracket announcement is scheduled for Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. ET.