* HEADLINES *
TOP TWENTY-FIVE UPSETS – The NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY VIKINGS improved to 10-8 on the season with their 92-68 clobbering of the 17th ranked NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE CARDINALS ### Meanwhile the BETHEL (MN) ROYALS notched a 95-89 road upset of the number 19 ST OLAF COLLEGE OLES ### And the DENISON UNIVERSITY BIG RED toppled the 23rd ranked OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY BATTLING BISHOPS in a 73-70 nailbiter.
CENTURY CLUB: D-3 – Teams scoring 100 or more in Regulation: The NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY GOTHIC KNIGHTS put up 100 in their rout of the homestanding KEAN UNIVERSITY COUGARS, who only managed 70 of their own ### The LYNDON STATE HORNETS, meanwhile, logged a 101-85 road win over the HUSSON EAGLES ### And the GRINNELL COLLEGE PIONEERS won a 128-101 offensive orgy against the visiting BELOIT COLLEGE BUCCANEERS.
USCAA OVER NCAA – The USCAA’s UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FORT KENT BENGALS were on the road against the NCAA Division 3 team the MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PANTHERS. The Bengals led the heavily-favored Panthers 35-28 at Halftime and went back home with a 71-62 victory. Joe McCloskey led UM-Fort Kent with 20 points.
DEFENSIVE EPIC IN THE NAIA – The LSU- SHREVEPORT PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) traveled to Texas to face the PAUL QUINN COLLEGE TIGERS in what turned out to be a defensive grudge match. By the break the score stood at 26-23 in favor of the Pilots and both teams kept up the intense defensive pressure in the 2nd Half. In the end LSU-Shreveport departed with a 53-46 win. Joseph James and Lyndale James both had 12 points to lead the Pilots in scoring.
* USCAA DIVISION ONE *
BUZZER BEATER FOR TENNESSEE TEMPLE – The TENNESSEE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS faced the homestanding ALLEN UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS in an Instant Classic. The Crusaders led 41-37 at Halftime and in the end a buzzer beater from Terrance Scales lifted them to an 84-82 triumph. Weedlens Beauvil led TTU with his 21 points.
A GAME THAT WAS ALL “EERS” – The ALFRED STATE PIONEERS were in Brooklyn, NY to do battle with the PRATT INSTITUTE CANNONEERS (how can you not love that name). A 24-19 Pioneer lead at the Half ultimately swelled to a suffocating 65-39 beatdown of the Cannoneers. Leading Alfred State in scoring was Tommy Hutson with his 16 points.
BUILDING ON A WINNING RECORD – The NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS took the court against the visiting BARBER-SCOTIA COLLEGE SABERS yesterday. In this battle between cool-named teams the Builders converted a 41-33 lead at the break into a 79-66 win in the end. Newport News improved to 10-8 led by DeAndre Demiel’s 18 points.
BLAZING A TRAIL TO VICTORY – The NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE PIONEERS welcomed the WENTWORTH MILITARY ACADEMY & COLLEGE RED DRAGONS. The Pioneers were on top of the Red Dragons at Halftime by a score of 41-35 and proceeded to add to that lead in the hot and heavy 2nd Half. When all the dust settled North Arkansas College had won by a final score of 89-78. Thomas Whittaker led the way for the Pioneers with the 19 points he tossed in.
* USCAA DIVISION TWO *
THE USCAA’S OWN CENTURY CLUB – The UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT MACHIAS CLIPPERS notched a 100-67 road win over the UNITY COLLEGE RAMS. Ben Teer led the clippers with 18 points. ### And on Saturday the CENTRAL PENN COLLEGE SILVER KNIGHTS impaled the MACU MUSTANGS to the tune of 101-66. MACU had won on Friday (see next entry).
MIGHTY MUSTANGS – Friday the MID-ATLANTIC CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY MUSTANGS visited the CHRISTENDOM COLLEGE CRUSADERS for a hardcourt clash. The Mustangs were clinging by their fingernails to a 38-37 Halftime lead but after the break opened up some breathing room for themselves. The final score was Mustangs 74 Crusaders 60.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION – The COLLEGE OF SAINT JOSEPH’S (VT) FIGHTING SAINTS squared off against the NEW HAMPSHIRE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE LYNX in a VERY high-scoring affair. The Fighting Saints held a comfortable 50-36 advantage at the Half but afterward had to battle to withstand a frenzied comeback attempt by the Lynx. In the end the College of St Joseph’s won by a tight score of 96-92. SJC’s Kashean Alston logged a Double-Double with 26 points and 15 rebounds.
PATRIOTIC VICTORY – The VALLEY FORGE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE PATRIOTS and the VAUGHN COLLEGE WARRIORS tangled. At Halftime the Patriots were leading the game by a score of 48-41 and didn’t slow down from there. The final tally in this hardcourt battle was 94-73 in favor of Valley Forge Christian College. Kevin Mack led the Patriots in points, rebounds AND assists, with 17, 9 and 5 respectively.
DEFENSIVE CLINIC – The ALBANY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY & HEALTH SCIENCES PANTHERS and the VERMONT TECH GREEN KNIGHTS tried to outdo each other in terms of stellar defense. By the midpoint of the game the Panthers had barely mustered 27 points and the Green Knights just 19. The final score was Panthers 57 Green Knights 42. Alex Johnson had 21 points to lead ACPHS.
BATTLE ROYAL – The WARREN WILSON COLLEGE OWLS, just two years removed from their National Championship, were on the road against the CROWN COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE ROYAL CRUSADERS yesterday. The Owls improved their 2014-2015 season record to 11-10 with an authoritative 78-47 smackdown of the Royal Crusaders.
INSTANT CLASSIC ON THE WEST COAST – The BRISTOL UNIVERSITY BEARS hosted the WEST COAST BAPTIST COLLEGE EAGLES in an undeniable Instant Classic yesterday. The Bears had seized a 45-35 lead by Halftime but the Eagles came storming back in the 2nd Half. Bristol University held on in the end for a hard-fought 86-81 victory. Tyler Gatewood put up 21 points to lead the Bears.
ROAD WARRIORS – The SOUTHERN MAINE COLLEGE SEAWOLVES took it on the road against the UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT PRESQUE ISLE OWLS. At the midpoint of the game everything stood knotted up at 30-30. In the 2nd Half the Seawolves put some distance between themselves and their hosts, with the ultimate result being a 74-64 win. Atencio Martin had a Double-Double for Southern Maine with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
* NCAA DIVISION THREE *
CHARGING TO A VICTORY – The LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE CHARGERS visited the WELLS COLLEGE EXPRESS yesterday. The Chargers pretty handily won this hardcourt battle, leading 35-24 at Halftime enroute to a 67-42 final score. Dondre Perry led Lancaster Bible College in scoring with his 19 points.
THE HEIGHTS OF SUCCESS – The SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE MOUNTAINEERS played host to the REGIS COLLEGE PRIDE. The Mountaineers trailed the Pride at the break by a score of 28-27 but turned things around in the 2nd Half for a thrilling 70-66 comeback victory. Southern Vermont improved to 15-3 as Deshawn Hamlet came off the bench for 19 points and 7 rebounds.
BOLT OF LIGHTNING – The LEHMAN COLLEGE LIGHTNING took on the MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE COUGARS as the Lightning endeavored to win their 3rd game in a row. Lehman College led 37-30 at Halftime and kept piling on the points after the break, winning by a final score of 84-66. Chaun Miller and Olando Minott led the Lightning in scoring with 17 points each.
WORKING OVERTIME – The UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE LEOPARDS went into DOUBLE OVERTIME against the visiting CAL TECH BEAVERS before emerging with a 59-57 win ### Meanwhile the COE COLLEGE KOHAWKS defeated the homestanding CENTRAL DUTCH 80-73 ### And the SHENANDOAH HORNETS won a 79-78 Overtime squeaker against the visiting HAMPDEN-SYDNEY TIGERS.