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December 1999

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No. 1 Platteville Loses
MidAmerica Nazarene beat No. 1 UW-Platteville 69-63 Dec. 29 before an overflow crowd of more than 1,700 at the Clarke College Holiday Classic in Dubuque, Iowa. MidAmerica Nazarene, No. 4 in NAIA Division II, snapped Platteville's 21-game winning streak. The game, which featured four ties and nine lead changes, was tied 35-35 at the half. The Pioneers from Kansas went ahead 55-48 midway through the second half before the Wisconsinites ripped off a 11-2 run, taking a 59-57 lead. MidAmerica Nazarene (12-2) registered consecutive three-point plays, one on a layup and free throw by Sean Mulloy and the other on a long-range shot by Dan Fleming for a 63-59 lead. UWP sliced the lead to 63-61 and 65-63, but MidAmerica Nazarene hit all eight of its free throws in the final 26 seconds to hang on. They rallied, however, to claim third place in the tournament by routing Mount Mercy, ranked No. 23 in NAIA Division II, 92-68.

No. 6 Baldwin-Wallace Women Gain Transfer
Baldwin-Wallace women's basketball welcomes Division I transfer Sarah Gordon to its roster. Gordon did not play in the Next Level Desert Classic when B-W lost its only game of the season to No. 8 Simpson. Gordon was a Division I All-Ohio player at Wooster H.S. a year ago and attended Bucknell this fall. She did not play at Bucknell and will get four years of action at B-W. Gordon is a 5-10 guard that will play at either of the wing positions for the 9-1 Yellow Jackets.

Halpin's 18 Put No. 9 Scranton in UCSD Final
Scranton senior guard Kelly Halpin went over the 1500-point career mark Dec. 8, with a 13-point performance in the Lady Royals' 73-51 win at Lycoming in MAC Freedom League action at Lamade Gymnasium. Halpin currently leads Scranton in the following statistical categories: minutes played (276), scoring (15.6) and assists (40), In last night's 79-59 victory against previously undefeated Lake Forest College in the semifinals of the 1999 Doubletree Invitational at UC San Diego, she had 18 points, four rebounds and two assists as the No. 9 Lady Royals won their seventh consecutive game to improve to 8-1 on the season. Halpin is currently the third all-time leading scorer in Lady Royals' women's basketball history with 1,540 points.

No. 22 Linfield Rallies in Overtime
Linfield pulled off a miracle comeback, beating Southwestern University 85-81 in overtime during consolation play Dec. 29 at the Alamo Shootout in San Antonio. Guard Rob Emerson rediscovered his jump shot in the second half, rescuing the Wildcats (6-3, 2-0 NWC) from what would have been a third consecutive defeat. Emerson scored the final seven points of regulation, including a 3-pointer with one second left to force overtime. The junior missed all three of his shots in the first half, but a tip from Linfield assistant coach Dick DeVenzio at halftime helped Emerson return to make 6 of 8 attempts in the second half, including the make-or-break 3-pointer with time all but expired.

"Coach DeVenzio told me at halftime that I wasn't extending my arm enough on my shots," Emerson said. "I made the adjustment and the ball starting going in."

That Emerson was able to force overtime was remarkable in itself. The Wildcats trailed the Pirates by six after Marcus Washington sank both free throws with 38 seconds left to play. But clutch plays in the closing seconds and some missed free throws by Southwestern enabled the Wildcats to force the extra period. The Pirates had the chance to salt the game away with 23 seconds left but guard Michael Dunleavy missed two free throws that would have put Southwestern in front by eight.

Emerson got the Wildcats to within four points on a jumper with 13 seconds to go. Derek Grace stole the inbounds pass and pushed the ball up to Emerson who layed it in with six seconds on the clock. After a Linfield foul to stop the clock, Erroll Smith made 1 of 2 at the line and the Wildcats got the ball back with five seconds to work with. Linfield drove the ball up the floor, got it into Emerson's hands and he calmly let the ball fly from the right side of the key, swishing it cleanly through the net.

"I gave the guy defending me a ball fake and he went flying by. That allowed me to get a good look at the basket," he said. Linfield carried the momentum into overtime, where the Wildcats cashed in 11 of 16 free throw attempts, including three each from veterans Scott Turner and Grant Ebright.

"That was an unbelievable win for us," said coach Larry Doty. "Talk about guts and determination. That game was snatched from the jaws of hell."

Emerson scored a team-high 19 points while adding six assists and six steals. Matt Kaiser made 7 of 13 shots from the floor and finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Ebright added 14 points, three assists and three steals.

William Paterson Gets Albany Transfer
The Albany Times-Union is reporting 6-5 sophomore guard Mike Everett has decided to transfer to No. 7 William Paterson because of a lack of playing time at the first-year Division I school. Everett had seen only 16 minutes of action while playing five of the team's 10 games.

Hampden-Sydney Pair Reach 1,000 in One Night
Just 30 players in the history of Hampden-Sydney basketball have scored 1,000 career points. In a recent win against Bridgewater a pair of seniors reached the milestone in the same game. Guard Chris Fox and center Jeremy Harris each surpassed the millennium mark in the 69-66 Hampden-Sydney win. Harris entered the game with 992 career points. He scored his eighth point at the 5:05 mark of the first half, converting a layup for his 1,000th point. Harris currently has 1,007 points in his four years. Fox had 999 career points prior to the Bridgewater game. He nailed a three-pointer at the 13:35 mark of the first half, and is just ahead of Harris with 1,009 career points. Fox and Harris join classmate T.J. Grimes as three current Tigers seniors to score 1,000 career points. Grimes has 1,440 career points, and needs just three more to move into sixth on H-SC's career scoring list. It also marks just the second time in Hampden-Sydney history that three players from the same class have reached 1,000 career points.

No. 8 Simpson Pulls off Another Desert Upset
One night after upsetting No. 5 UW-Oshkosh, the Simpson women completed the sweep by defeating No. 6 Baldwin-Wallace 93-78 to win the top tier of the adidas D-III Desert Shootout in Las Vegas. The Storm used a 16-4 run that spanned the final 3:09 of the first half and the first 3:35 of the second half to break the game open. The Storm's Michelle Stover hit her first eight shots from the floor and finished the game with 24 points to lead all scorers.

Baldwin-Wallace (9-1) controlled much of the opening 15 minutes of the contest. The Yellow Jackets used center Anjee Beard effectively in finding the seams of the Storm's "amoeba" zone defense. Beard scored nine points primarily from jumpers and drives that began at the free throw line.

BW led by six with a little over six minutes to go in the first half before the Storm began to chip away at the lead. With the game tied at 40, Simpson's Megan Jameson scored five of the final seven points of the opening frame and the Storm (8-0) led 47-40 at the break. Stover scored the first six points of the second half to key the game-breaking run. Katie Egli scored four points during the run and Simpson lept out to a lead they would not relinquish.

Emily Tonn passed the 900 career point plateau for the Storm with 22 on the night to finish with 912, while Jameson tied her career-high with 16 points. Baldwin-Wallace had four players score in double figures, led by Kim Luthman's 22 points. Beard added 14 while Holly Koepp and Jenny Nance each scored 11. No. 5 UW-Oshkosh earned third-place honors by defeating California Lutheran in the consolation bracket.

Basketball Celebrates its 108th Birthday
It was December 23, 1891 when Dr. James Naismith, a native of Almonte, Ontario, Canada, invented the game of basket ball (then two words) and introduced it to his Physical Education students at the International YMCA Training School, which is now Springfield College.

The first public game was played on March 11, 1892 between students and teachers at the Training School (the students won 5-1). Amos Alonzo Stagg, who started the football program at Springfield College and later invented five-man basketball, scored the only goal for the teachers. Springfield College is proud of its impact in helping to develop the game. In the early days, basketball became popular internationally thanks to Springfield College alumni like R. William Jones who was the co-founder and secretary-general of FIBA, the international governing body. Former Springfield coaches John Bunn and Edward Steitz later held prominent positions as National Rules Editors and Interpreters. Steitz, in fact, is known as the "Father-of-the-Three-Point-Field-Goal." Former Springfield College athletics director/men's basketball coach Ed Bilik now serves as secretary-rules editor of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee.

In honor of Dr. Naismith, the Basketball Hall of Fame was built on the Springfield campus in 1960 with ex-SC coach Ed Hickox serving as its first Executive Director (he also was the first Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches). A new Hall of Fame opened in downtown Springfield in 1985.

Springfield has produced the second-highest number of Hall of Famers (nine plus the First Team) behind the University of Kansas (13). Springfield College's honor roll includes (year inducted in parenthesis): Dr. James Naismith (1959), Luther Gulick (1959), Edward J. Hickox (1959), Amos Alonzo Stagg (1959), Arthur A. Schabinger (1961), John W. Bunn (1964), R. William Jones (1964), Ferenc Hepp (1980), and Edward Steitz (1983).

Thirty-Three Men's AQs
There will be 33 automatic bids, nine Pool B bids and six Pool C bids to the 2000 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Pool C bids go to runners-up in the 33 automatic conferences (a list follows) and Pool B bids go to independents and teams in non-automatic conferences. The 33 are: Capital, Centennial, CUNYAC, CCIW, Commonwealth Coast, Dixie, Empire, Great Northeast, Heartland, Iowa, Lake Michigan, Little East, Massachusetts State, Michigan, MAC Commonwealth, MAC Freedom, Midwest, Minnesota, New England Small College, NEWMAC, New Jersey, North Coast, Ohio, Old Dominion, Pennsylvania, Skyline, Southern, Southern California, St. Louis, SUNYAC, UAA, Upstate and Wisconsin.

Catholic Men Win Eighth in a Row
LAS VEGAS -- Pat Maloney scored a game-high 21 points, including a four-point play, to lead No. 8 Catholic University to a 72-63 victory against Alvernia in the championship game of the adidas D-III Desert Shootout at UNLV's Lied Gymnasium Dec. 22. The Cardinals improved to 8-1 and Coach Mike Lonergan earned his 133rd career victory to move past Hall of Famer Tom Young and become Catholicís second all-time winningest coach.

Reserve guard Andy Rice scored a career-high 14 points and had a personal-best five steals for the Cardinals, who won their eighth straight after a season-opening loss at Division I American. Rice hit two free throws with 2:39 left in the game to give Catholic a 63-54 lead. The Crusaders cut it to 63-59 with 1:28 to go on a three-pointer by Justin Armstrong (12 points), but could get no closer as the Cards scored their final nine points from the line.

Alvernia (5-4) was led by freshman forward Tillman Sims' 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Forward Kurt Zeisler paced Catholicís 36-32 advantage on the boards with a career-high six and freshman forward Matt Hilleary had five blocks and five rebounds.

Maloneyís rare four-point play gave the Cardinals a 54-50 lead with 6:57 remaining. The junior point guard was fouled while connecting on a three-pointer from the left corner and finished with 11 free throws in 12 attempts.

No. 8 Simpson Holds No. 5 Oshkosh to 25%
LAS VEGAS -- No. 8 Simpson used strong defense to defeat No. 8 UW-Oshkosh 52-49 Dec. 21 in the semifinals of the adidas D-III Desert Shootout. The Storm forced 17 Titan turnovers and limited Oshkosh to 25% shooting (17-for-68) from the field. The Titans were just 4-for-25 from three-point range. Oshkosh's Jennie Vosters scored the game's opening basket and it was the last time the Titans led. The first half was a defensive struggle as each team shot under 30% (Simpson 9-for-29; UW-O 9-for-34) but the Storm led 26-21 at the break.

Simpson pushed their lead to as much as six points early in the closing frame, but the Titans shut the Storm offense down and held them scoreless from 15:45 to 11:48 while tying the score at 36. Simpson ended the scoreless drought on two Heather Davis free throws. Simpson regained control and led 50-45 with 1:51 to go, but the Titans' Jamie Turtenwalt hit a three pointer 15 seconds later to cut the lead to two. Megan Jameson responed with a drive to the basket and the Storm led 52-48 with 1:03 remaining.

Sarah Tonn was whistled for a foul on the Titans' Sara Hegge on a three-point attempt, but Hegge made only one of the three shots, leaving Oshkosh down by three with 34 seconds to go. Simpson failed to score on its final offensive possession and gave UW-Oshkosh a chance to tie with a little over 15 seconds left. After a timeout, Hegge missed her a three pointer and Oshkosh grabbed the offensive rebound, but could not get another attempt off in time.

Emily Tonn and Michelle Stover led Simpson with 14 points apiece. Vosters had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead Oshkosh. Simpson remains undefeated (7-0) and will take on No. 6 Baldwin Wallace in the finals of the tournament Wednesday night, while UW-Oshkosh will face California Lutheran for third place.

St. John's Knocks off No. 18 Nebraska Wesleyan
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- SJU junior Troy Bigalke had a career-high 32 points and six rebounds in a 90-75 win against No. 18 Nebraska Wesleyan at Sexton Arena Dec. 21. Nebraska Wesleyan (6-3) held a 15-14 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half, but never led again. With the Johnnies (7-0) leading 44-38 at halftime, the Plainsmen opened the second half with a three-point basket by senior Cory Adams to cut SJU's lead to three. The Johnnies then went on a 10-0 run in the next minute to increase the lead to 13. The Plainsmen never got within seven points in the final 18:43.

SJU sophomore Mike Nester added 17 points, while junior Sam Bugbee and freshman Kevin Buth each had 10 points. Bugbee also had six rebounds. SJU shot 57% (32-for-56) from the field and 9-for-18 from behind the three-point line.

Cory Adams led NWU with 25 points. Senior Chris Boesiger was the only other player in double figures for the Plainsmen with 22 points. The Plainsmen shot 46% (26-for-56) from the field and 35% (8-for-23) from three-point range. NWU only missed one free throw in 16 attempts.

SJU is off to its best start since 1985-86, when they started 8-0.

It Happens Again — 4 and 5 Lose
For the second time in a week, two Top Five men's teams lost, No. 4 Wilkes lost again, 71-69 in overtime at Goucher, and No. 5 Franklin & Marshall lost to Albright 73-70. Wilkes (6-2) has lost twice this week since losing Team of the Year candidate Dave Jannuzzi to an ankle injury. Darrian Lee made two free throws with 16 seconds remaining in overtime to move Goucher (3-3) in front 70-69. Wilkes had a final possession in which sophomore Greg Barrouk missed a jumper with three seconds to play and Gopher sophomore Todd Sykes hauled down the rebound. Wilkes led 65-62 with 27 seconds remaining in regulation, but Lee nailed a 25-footer from the left side with 11 seconds to play, tying the game at 65. Lee finished with a career-high 23 points, with six rebounds and five assists. In Lancaster, Albright senior guard James Drewry scored 17 of his game-high 28 points in the second half to lead the Lions (5-0) to the win. Shawn Swavely also contributed 13 points while junior center Mark Moritz contributed eight points and 11 rebounds for the Lions, who snapped an 11-game losing streak vs. F&M that dated back to the 1984 season. F&M (7-1), which rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to within a missed three-point shot at the buzzer which would have forced overtime, was led by senior guard Jerome Maiatico with 19 points.

Division II Fairmont Defeats Bethany Women
FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Despite 22 points from senior center Jill Kamerer, the Bethany womenís basketball team lost its second game of the season Dec. 9 on the road to undefeated Divison II Fairmont State 59-56.

Kamererís performance, which came on 11-for-20 shooting, made her the 10th woman in Bethany history to score over 1,000 career points. She has 1,005 points and is in ninth place on the all-time scoring list at Bethany. Diane Hess Dish (Ď87) has the record with 1,461 points, just 114 points ahead of Kamererís teammate, senior guard Rose Scott.

Fairmont State (5-0) held the halftime lead 31-30, despite shooting just 29%. The Bison (6-2) made four more shots than the Falcons but Fairmont went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line to hold the slim margin. The free throw line was a key statistic in the game, as Fairmont hit 13 of 18 opportunities from the charity stripe while Bethany was 4-for-8 from the line. The Falcons also outrebounded the Bison 43-36 and committed only 10 turnovers compared to Bethanyís 17.

Kamerer led the Bison offense with her 22 points, while Scott added 16. Sophomore forward Raquel Burns scored six points and led Bethany with 12 rebounds. Fairmont was led by Jennifer Wilsonís 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Lynne Gaviglia scored 15. Bethany is off until Dec. 30 when it hosts Heidelberg at Hummel Field House.

Springfield Hosts Naismith Exhibit
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The original draft of the rules of basketball will be on display for only the second time since it was written and signed in 1891 by the game's inventor, Dr. James Naismith, on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., in the Springfield College Physical Education Complex. The rules and never-before-seen photographs from the Naismith family archives are highlights of the Naismith Millennium Sportsmanship Tour of basketball.

According to Ian Naismith, grandson of James Naismith and founder of the Naismith International Basketball Foundation (NIBF), "I wanted Springfield College to be the first college showing these items because this is where the game was invented and the first game was played." Naismith will also present Springfield College with the NIBF's Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award before Thursday's men's basketball game against Connecticut College at Blake Arena. The award honors individuals and institutions for furthering the values of fun, respect and teamwork that were key objectives of Naismith in inventing the game.

There are photographs depicting the history of the game and items lent from the Basketball Hall of Fame. The exhibit is being scheduled for viewing in 27 cities, with additional sites to be added. "Viewers will also come away with some lesser known but very interesting basketball facts and history," Naismith added. "Basketball is the only major sport in the world invented by a particular person at a specific time and place and with an existing set of original rules. ... The original fifth rule is particularly striking today because it shows that James Naismith foresaw roughness in the game, even though it was not originally played roughly. Ten of the original 13 rules are still in the game."

Baldwin-Wallace Stays Unbeaten
In a battle of Top 10 women's teams, No. 6 Baldwin-Wallace defeated No. 7 Capital 61-53 Dec. 11. Baldwin-Wallace led for the entire game as Capital struggled with dismal 27.8% (15-for-54) shooting from the floor. The Yellow Jackets' biggest lead was 14 points with 5:13 left in the first half. Capital then went on an 11-2 run to trim the margin to 31-26 at the break. The Crusaders managed to stay close thanks to 13-for-16 shooting from the foul line in the half. Consecutive baskets by Kendra Meyer knotted the score at 40-40 with 11:33 to play, but the Yellow Jackets responded with buckets by Anjee Beard and Holly Koepp to regain a four-point lead. The Yellow Jackets scored seven of their final nine points on free throws to seal the 61-53 victory. Beard led all scorers with 20 points, while Meyer led Capital with 18 points and nine rebounds.

William Paterson, Wilkes Upset
After swapping places in this week's Top 25, No. 3 William Paterson and No. 4 Wilkes each lost Dec. 8 for the first time this season. King's pulled off the MAC Freedom League upset as the Monarchs shocked Wilkes 71-60, ending the Colonels' 33-game home winning streak. Junior guard Corey Dickerson led the way for King's with a game-high 31 points as the Monarchs (5-2, 3-0) posted their first victory against Wilkes since the 1993-94 season. Montclair, meanwhile, posted their second Top 10 NJAC upset, having earlier handed Rowan its first loss, in improving to 6-1.

Rose-Hulman Men Upset No. 22 Anderson
ANDERSON, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman freshman Jimmy Kosieniak scored 16 points, while senior Michael Harris and junior T.J. Holmes added 14 apiece to lead the Engineers to a come-from-behind 63-61 victory against No. 22 Anderson at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

Rose-Hulman, the defending SCAC champions, rallied from a 54-52 deficit with seven unanswered points to take a 59-54 advantage with 38 seconds remaining. Holmes drew a foul on a three-point field goal to open the run, burying the first two free throws to tie the score at 54-54 at the 2:09 mark. Holmes missed the third free throw attempt, but senior Jeff Siefert grabbed an offensive rebound to keep the possession alive. Following another missed field goal, Siefert knocked the ball off an Anderson defender to give the Engineers (5-1) a third opportunity to score. Senior Patrick Grace ended the possession with two free throws to give the Engineers a 56-54 lead at the 1:45 mark.

"We got a couple of breaks at the end, but the big possession was the three offensive rebounds in the last two minutes. That pretty much broke their back," said head coach Jim Shaw. Siefert pushed the Rose-Hulman lead to 58-54 at the 1:05 mark on a layup. Grace concluded the rally with a free throw to give the Engineers a 59-54 advantage.

A layup by Michael Wingert cut the Rose-Hulman lead to 59-56 but two free throws by Holmes pushed the advantage to 61-56 with 20 seconds remaining. Anderson guard Jim Scarbury buried another three-pointer to close the Ravens within 61-59 at the 14-second mark. Following a Rose-Hulman turnover, Anderson freshman Demetrius Files missed a leaning 15-foot jumper with nine seconds remaining. Michael Harris grabbed the rebound and tossed an outlet pass to Grace, who was fouled with three seconds left. Grace knocked down two free throws to give Rose-Hulman a 63-59 lead, securing the win despite a shot by Anderson guard Travis Daugherty at the buzzer.

"Iím not sure we played real well, but we showed some things in the last few minutes. We were very poised and played well down the stretch," said Shaw. Anderson dropped to 6-2.

No. 16 Ohio Northern Men Edge Defiance
ADA, Ohio -- Ohio Northern built a 13-point lead and hung on for dear life, pulling out an 84-82 menís basketball victory against Defiance Dec. 8 at the ONU Sports Center. The No. 16 Polar Bears improve to 5-1 after posting their fourth consecutive victory. The Yellow Jackets (3-2) saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

Defiance rallied from a 48-35 deficit to take a 74-73 lead with 3:29 left, but ONU would outscore them 11-8 down the stretch to post the victory. ONU was 24-for-33 from the foul line, but made only five of its last 11 from the charity stripe in the last 1:05 trying to hold off the Yellow Jackets.

Jeremy Thompson led all scorers with 23 points and Scott Unverferth chipped in 21 for ONU. Mike Kluse added 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Kris Oberdick added 15 points for Northern. Chad Kahle led Defiance with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Seth Newlove came off the bench to score 13 points, Kris Hinchcliff added 12 points and Frank Kill scored 10 points for DC.

Northern used a 9-0 run late in the first half to build a 35-25 lead with 2:58 left in the first half and took a 43-32 lead into halftime. The lead was 48-35 2:04 into the second half when Kahle led the Yellow Jacket comeback by scoring seven points in an 11-0 DC rally that brought the visitors within 48-46 with 15:09 remaining.

The ONU lead dropped to one point on three occasions and a three-pointer by Newlove with 3:29 left in the game gave Defiance a 74-73 advantage, its first lead since the 8:56 mark of the first half. Unverferth, Kluse and Thompson scored baskets and Thompson hit a free throw as the Polar Bears built the lead back up to 80-76 with 1:05 to play.

Adam Davis and Kevin Barnhill each made one of two free throws that gave ONU an 82-76 lead with 26 seconds left, but Newlove hit a free throw at the :20 mark and Kahle grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 17 seconds left to bring DC within 82-79. Davis again made 1-of-2 free throws with 15 seconds left, but Newlove drilled a three-pointer from three feet beyond the three-point stripe to get Defiance within 83-82 with 11 seconds remaining.

Kluse hit the first of two free throws with three seconds left to make it 84-82. He missed the second one, but grabbed the offensive rebound to ice the game. "We had a chance to panic when Defiance took the lead with three minutes to go," ONU head coach Joe Campoli said.

"They were executing their offense and playing with emotion. Iím proud of our players for maintaining their composure and winning the game. This was a good win for us over a very good team." Ohio Northern made 27 of 56 shots for 48.2%, while DC hit 28 of 65 field goals (43.1%). DC outrebounded ONU 44-34 behind Kahleís 16 rebounds.

Santiago Posts Quadruple-Double for Lehman
Lehman freshman Katherine Santiago accomplished a quadruple-double Dec. 7 in an 80-25 victory against SUNY-Purchase, totalling 23 points, 13 assists, 12 steals, and 10 rebounds. The 5-7 point guard narrowly missed that feat Nov. 23, when she fell two steals shy of a quadruple-double against Bard.

No. 4 Profs Edge No. 18 New Jersey
By Ray Martel,
EWING, N.J. -- Meleena Edwards led all scorers with 31 points while shooting 14-for-17 from the foul line to lead No. 4 Rowan past No. 18 College of New Jersey in a 66-62 squeaker.

Rowan (6-0, 4-0 NJAC) took an early seven-point lead, but New Jersey made a run, with senior guard Jen Hutchinson hitting an 18-footer with 4:41 left in the half to give New Jersey a 27-26 lead. Seconds later, senior center Jen Ford would hit another to give TCNJ (5-2, 3-2) a short-lived three-point lead. Rowan would come back with a 12-5 run, sparked by six points from Edwards (20 points in the first half), and the Profs headed to the break up 40-33.

Minutes later Laura Buckley would make a bucket to close the gap to one with 1:20 to go, 58-57, but Edwards would come up big with a three-pointer to seemingly put Rowan in control, and then hit numerous clutch free throws down the stretch, to seal the victory for Rowan. "I expected that if we were up late, they would come after the point guard (and foul)." Said Edwards. "So I needed to be more aggressive and more in control at the foul line."

Edwards would finish with a game-high 31 points, 10 rebounds, and was 14-17 from the charity stripe. Senior Center Jessica MacNeill added 19 points, nine boards, and three assists. For New Jersey, Hutchinson had 15 points, four assists and five rebounds, and Ford added 10 points.

No. 14 Rowan Men Rally to Down New Jersey
EWING, N.J. - Rowan rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit and an eight-point margin in the second half to defeat New Jersey 67-63. The Lions (5-2, 3-2 NJAC) had led 34-23 late in the first half behind 7-for-10 three-point shooting, but the No. 14 Profs (4-1, 3-1) close the half on a 10-2 run, capped by a bucket just before the buzzer by senior forward Terrance Williams.

New Jersey opened the second half with a Joe Amari three-pointer and was soon back up by eight points. But Rowan would chip away at the lead, and by the 10:40 mark, a three-pointer by senior forward Jonathan Cokines cut it to 51-49 in favor of the Lions. But at 7:17 sophomore guard Torrey Brooks hit a 22-foot jumper and the Profs had their first lead at 56-55.

With 24 seconds remaining, Rowan had Williams at the line with the opportunity to ice it, but he missed both free throws, forcing Davis to get a huge rebound.

"The guy on the post didn't come in too quick, so I just beat him to the spot," said Davis. He then took it straight home for a four-point lead with just 19 ticks of the clock left.

"I thought about holding it and getting fouled," said Davis. "But I thought 'nah, let's get the points.' "

"This is one of the places that always gives us trouble" said Prof head coach Joe Cassidy. "So this is nice to get this one out of the way. I can't say enough about the rebounding in the second half. Davis and Terrance Williams complement each other out there."

Pfiel Gets 1,000th; McAlester 101st
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Head coach Brad McAlester won his 101st game for Lebanon Valley, breaking the record of 100 set from 1952-1960 by Dr. George "Rinso" Marquette, while senior center Dan Pfeil became the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points as the Flying Dutchmen defeated Juniata 71-52.

Pfeil led Lebanon Valley (5-1, 3-0 MAC Commonwealth) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Needing 13 points to reach 1,000, Pfeil hit a field goal early in the second half to reach the milestone. Junior forward Steve Horst added 13 points while freshman forward John Sharkey hit all four of his field-goal attempts for a career-high eight points in 13 minutes off the bench.

The Dutchmen led 33-27 at halftime, and held the Eagles (0-6, 0-3) to 26.9% shooting in the second half. Tim Lonesky, who also scored his 1000th career point in the game, led Juniata with 12 points.

Shuffield Stuffs 11 Shots
ABILENE, Texas -- University of the Ozarks sophomore center Christie Shuffield established an American Southwest Conference single-game record with 11 blocked shots at Hardin-Simmons on Dec. 4. The previous record of six blocks was set by McMurryís Stacey Viehland in a 1998 game.

With 22 blocks in five games, Shuffield is the conference leader in blocks per game (4.40) by a wide margin. The conference record for blocks in a season is held by Ozark's Lori Myers, who registered 69 stuffs during the 1996-97 season.

No. 4 WPU Men Win; Women Upset No. 16 TCNJ
By Ray Martel,
WAYNE, N.J. -- No. 4 William Paterson survived an early season battle of the unbeatens with a convincing 75-58 win against The College of New Jersey. Paterson (6-0) came out and took control early, opening up on a 15-6 run with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half. "We wanted to establish the game early and get ahead to start," said Pioneer head coach Jose Rebimbas. "We played much of the second half of last season and the beginning of this season by getting out in front first, and thatís how we like to play." TCNJ (3-1) cut the lead to three with 8:37 in the half, but could get no closer as the Pioneers pulled away to a 38-27 lead at the break. The Lions had one last spurt in them in the second half. After Paterson sophomore forward Dag Christensenís bucket made it 49-36 with 13:39 left, TCNJ would go on an 11-3 run and close the gap to 52-47 on a basket by sophomore guard Brian Latour. But Paterson rebounded with back to back "treys" by Team of the Year candidate junior guard Horace Jenkins and junior forward Ray Ortiz, and they cruised home to the win. Paterson has this misconception of being all about Horace Jenkins, "and thatís OK," said Rebimbas. "At the first meeting of the year I took Horace to one side, and the rest of the guys to the other said and explained that Horace is what people see. I then pointed to everyone, including Horace, and said 'This is what we are and thatís how we play'." Kevin Fleming led the Pioneers with 15 points, while Ortiz and Jenkins added 14 and 13 apiece. Junior forward J.R. Gillern, a transfer from D-I Princeton, led the Lions with 23 points on 5-for-9 three-point shooting, while adding seven rebounds.

In the women's game, junior guard Meg Renna had 13 points and senior forward Wendy Kane added 10 points and eight rebounds as the Pioneers held off No. 16 Lions 50-47. The Lions (5-1, 3-1 NJAC) had chances to pull even late in the game, but a last-second desperation shot at the buzzer was off the mark. Sophomore guard Melissa Donavan added six points for the Pioneers (5-1, 4-0 NJAC) and dished out two assists, while senior forward Dana Feltz also had 6 points and pulled down 8 boards. For New Jersey, junior guard Laura Buckley had 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and freshman guard Kristen McCandless had eight points and four rebounds.

Coon's Streak Ends at 70
Illinois Wesleyan's Korey Coon set the Division III record for consecutive free throws made with 60 Wednesday night, then extended it to 70 before missing Saturday in a win against Benedictine. Coon, who was second-team Team of the Year last season, went 7-for-7 in a 75-71 win against the University of Chicago and made his first 41 of the season. His previous miss was Feb. 13 in the second half at North Central; he then made five in a row to begin the streak. The Division III single-season record is still 59, held by Mike Michelson of the Coast Guard in Jan.-Feb. 1990. The Division II record is 94 by Paul Kluxton of Northern Kentucky in the 1996-97 season, while the Division I mark is 64 by Western Illinoisí Joe Dykstra in eight games in 1981-82.

Carleton Knocks off No. 8 St. Benedict
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. -- Senior Laurie Peterson scored 15 points as the Carleton women's basketball team (3-1, 1-0 MIAC) defeated No. 8 St. Benedict 72-71 Dec. 4 in the MIAC opener for both teams. Carleton's win against St. Benedict (1-3 overall, 0-1 MIAC) was the school's first since 1982, snapping a 30-game losing streak to the Blazers.

Head coach Tammy Metcalf-Filzen was enthusiastic about the victory against the Blazers, the Division III national runner-up a year ago, but remained realistic about the long season ahead. "This was a really important win for us -- itís a program win and it boosts our confidence," Metacalf-Filzen said. "But we know that if weíre not ready to play [Wednesday against Concordia-Moorhead], that win doesnít mean a whole lot."

Carleton trailed 35-29 at the end of the first half, but outscored CSB 43-36 to take the one-point victory. Carleton actually opened up a nine-point lead with two minutes remaining in the second half, only to see the Blazers slash their deficit on several desperation three-pointers.

Four Knights reached double figures for the game, including Peterson (15 points, nine rebounds), Renťe Willette with 12, Bridget Seegers with 11, and freshman Angie Grabowski with 10. The Knights shot a collective 51% (25-for-49) from the field for the game. Laura Wendorff paced St. Benedict with 22 points.

Career Over for Susquehanna's Kern?
Dec. 1 was a bittersweet day for Susquehanna senior post player and tri-captain Karyn Kern, as she was named to the Team of the Week by the same day she learned her collegiate basketball and track careers might have come to an end. Kern suffered a tear to her anterior cruciate ligament and had cartilage damage to her right knee in the No. 20 Crusaders' 83-80 win against Messiah. Rehabilitation from such an injury and surgery takes up to six months. 

Kern sustained the injury on a fast-break layup with 2:48 left in the first half to put her team up 44-31. Kern posted her fifth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes. She entered the game averaging 29.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game. She will finish fifth on the program's career scoring list with 1,358 points, and fourth in career rebounds with 796. Kern was on pace to become the first 1,000-point scorer, and 1,000-rebounder in school history. 

"This is obviously devastating news for both Karyn and our team. Words cannot express our sorrow right now. Kerny's been both a great player and a great leader," said 13th-year Susquehanna head women's basketball coach Mark Hribar, who has lost two key players for the year with ACL injuries. "While we're down right now emotionally because of our losses, I know this group will bounce back," said Hribar.

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