Feb. 24, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Philadelphia University head coach Herb Magee became the all-time winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA victories with his 903rd win as he guided the Rams to 76-65 defeat of Goldey-Beacom College on Feb. 23.  Magee moved ahead of Bobby Knight on the NCAA all-time wins list.  Each one of his victories has come during a 43-year career at PhilaU.

Magee’s milestone victory was witnessed by a sellout crowd at the Gallagher Athletic Center on Herb Magee Court, and extended the Rams’ winning streak to 14 games.  PhilaU sits on top of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division standings with a 15-1 league mark.  

Coincidentally, the all-time winningest coach in men’s basketball history – Northern State’s Don Meyer – announced his retirement the day before Magee’s accomplishment.  Meyer currently has 922 wins as a coach in both the NAIA and NCAA.

The Rams conclude the regular season at home versus Nyack College on Feb. 27.

Arkansas Tech remained on top of the NABC Division II Top 25 for the sixth straight week after two victories last week to clinch its first-ever Gulf South Conference West Division title.

The Wonder Boys (25-0) are the only remaining unbeaten team in all divisions of NCAA basketball.  It is also the program’s best start in school history, surpassing a 24-0 start by the 1952-53 squad.  

“This feels really good. This is a great accomplishment for our program, our school and our community,” head coach Mark Downey said. “I’m so proud of this team. We have achieved a lot this season and we have more things to accomplish.”

ATU looks to stay perfect at Arkansas-Monticello in a GSC match-up on Feb. 25.

  Georgia College & State University’s Josh Hurst picked up his first Peach Belt Player of the Week honor after sparking the Bobcats to wins against Georgia Southwestern State and Columbus State last week.

The junior forward from Athens, Ga., secured a 61-60 win at Georgia Southwestern State as he made two free throws with 4.3 seconds left in regulation, finishing the contest with 16 points and nine rebounds.  He then added 15 points and 10 rebounds in a two-point victory versus Columbus State as GCSU clinched the PBC West Division title.

The Bobcats (20-4) reached the 20-win mark for the third straight season, the first time the team has accomplished the feat since 1987-90.

GCSU, which jumped six spots to No. 17 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25, looks to keep up their winning ways against Montevallo on Feb. 24.

Stonehill College claimed its first Northeast-10 regular season championship since 2005-06 with a 52-40 win at Southern New Hampshire on Feb. 20.  The Skyhawks, who have won 11 consecutive road games, moved up four spots in the national rankings to No. 18, and will be the top seed in the NE-10 Championship beginning March 1 … No. 13 Rollins College owns a full-game lead in the Sunshine State Conference standings with just two games remaining on the regular season slate.  The Tars can clinch at least a share of the title with a win against Florida Tech on Feb. 24.  They have won four straight games entering the contest.