* HEADLINES *
VIKING ON VIKING VIOLENCE – For the second week in a row the NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY VIKINGS lead things off by notching an upset of a highly-ranked team! This time around NPU hosted the number 4 team in the nation – the AUGUSTANA (IL) COLLEGE VIKINGS. Despite trailing for the overwhelming majority of the game North Park came from behind late to play David to another team’s Goliath once again. The final score was North Park 76 Augustana 69.
OTHER TOP TEN UPSETS – The WABASH COLLEGE LITTLE GIANTS battled the 10th ranked COLLEGE OF WOOSTER SCOTS and led them at Halftime by a score of 36-29 on their way to a 68-65 upset win. Daniel Purvlicis led the Little Giants with 19 points and 13 rebounds! ### And the SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE PRIDE toppled the visiting number 6 WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE ENGINEERS in a 63-59 thriller.
UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE – The POMONA- PITZER SAGEHENS squared off against the 15th ranked CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY PANTHERS in a DOUBLE OVERTIME marathon! Ultimately the Sagehens emerged with an 89-87 triumph with Michael Cohen’s 26 points leading the way. ### And the PLYMOUTH STATE PANTHERS meanwhile pulled off a 65-57 upset of their guests – the number 22 EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE WARRIORS.
TOP TEAMS ROLLING – The top ranked Defending Champions – the UW-WHITEWATER WARHAWKS barely survived a 68-67 squeaker against the visiting UW-LA CROSSE EAGLES ### The number 2 UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES won a much more comfortable 90-75 clash with the AUGSBURG COLLEGE AUGGIES ### And the 3rd ranked MARIETTA COLLEGE PIONEERS defeated the BALDWIN WALLACE YELLOW JACKETS 84-81.
CENTURY CLUB – D3 – This category is reserved for teams that score 100 or more in Regulation. The CABRINI COLLEGE CAVALIERS turned a 50-40 Halftime lead over the CENTENARY (NJ) CYCLONES into a 104-69 rout! ### And the UMASS-DARTMOUTH CORSAIRS logged a 101-87 road win over the WESTERN CONNECTICUT COLONIALS.
CENTURY CLUB -USCAA – The SILVER LAKE COLLEGE LAKERS took it on the road against the NORTHLAND INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY PIONEERS. By the midpoint the Lakers held a commanding 43-24 lead on their way to a 104-54 annihilation of NIU. John Duke led Silver Lake College with 22 points and 12 rebounds as well as 8 assists. ### And the COLLEGE OF SAINT JOSEPH’S (VT) FIGHTING SAINTS defeated the NCAA’s PINE MANOR COLLEGE GATORS 105-88.
MARATHON GAME OF THE WEEK – The winner of this designation for this time around is the TRIPLE OVERTIME affair between the BLUFFTON UNIVERSITY BEAVERS and the visiting HANOVER COLLEGE PANTHERS. Regulation ended in a 70-70 tie despite the Panthers trailing 39-26 at the Half. The 1st OT ended at 79-79, the 2nd OT at 88-88 and in the 3rd the Beavers at last won by a score of 103-102.
OTHER OVERTIME GAMES – The TRANSYLVANIA (KY) UNIVERSITY PIONEERS came back from a 4 point Halftime deficit to the MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY SPARTANS to tie the game at 72-all and force Overtime. In the extra session the Pioneers won this road game 87-84. ### And the HOPE COLLEGE FLYING DUTCHMEN won a 73-63 Overtime clash with the TRINE UNIVERSITY THUNDER.
* USCAA DIVISION ONE *
ONE POINT WONDER – The WENTWORTH MILITARY ACADEMY RED DRAGONS welcomed the MCC-PENN VALLEY SCOUTS. By Halftime the Red Dragons had compiled a 44-38 advantage but then had to withstand a furious Scout comeback attempt in the 2nd Half. Wentworth held on to win the game 93-92 led by LaShun Brower’s FORTY points and 19 rebounds.
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLVES – The CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES trailed the visiting INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT SOUTH BEND TITANS 40-36 at the break. From there the Wolves stormed back for an authoritative 75-64 victory. Chad Mazur led the way for Cardinal Stritch University with his 23 points and 8 rebounds.
GIVING THE CHAMPS THE BLUES – The BLUEFIELD STATE BIG BLUES traveled to take on the Defending Champions – the WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY SHOCK. The Big Blues found themselves trailing the Shock 34-27 at Halftime. After the break they outscored WAU 51-43 for a 78-77 upset victory in this Instant Classic! Mark Dugan notched 19 points and 8 assists for Bluefield State!
CAT-FIGHT – The UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FORT KENT BENGALS played another of their many, many games across the Canadian border, this time against the VANIER COLLEGE CHEETAHS. As is the case most of the time the Bengals came back home as winners, having defeated the cagey Cheetahs by a final score of 76-62.
GRENADIERS ON THE ROAD – The INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS took it on the road against the CARLOW UNIVERSITY CELTICS. At Halftime the Grenadiers led 43-26 and by the end of the game had completed a 79-65 victory over the Celtics. Jake Simpson led the way for the Grenadiers with his 25 points.
* USCAA DIVISION TWO *
BATTLE OF LONG-NAMED SCHOOLS – The VAUGHN COLLEGE OF AERONAUTICS AND TECHNOLOGY WARRIORS welcomed the ALBANY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES PANTHERS. The Warriors trailed the Panthers 27-25 at the Half but came back in the end to win the game by a final score of 67-59. For Vaughn College Willis Prezzy led the scoring with 14 points.
IT WAS PRETTY EASY BEING GREEN – The VERMONT TECH GREEN KNIGHTS were less than hospitable to the visiting HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE FROGS. By Halftime the Green Knights were leading the Frogs 42-24 and when all was said and done Vermont Tech had smacked down Hampshire College to the tune of 88-46. Nick Ryan shined for the Green Knights with his Double-Double of 24 points and 14 rebounds.
DEFENSIVE EPIC – The WILLIAMSON TRADE SCHOOL MECHANICS traveled to face the PENN STATE- MONT ALTO NITTANY LIONS. In this textbook example of suffocating defense from both teams the Mechanics trailed 21-19 at the Half. Williamson came back in the 2nd Half to win the game 56-52. The leading scorer for the Mechanics was Keron Tull with 19 points.
CARDINALS ON TOP – The Defending Champions – the ANDREWS UNIVERSITY CARDINALS hosted the GREAT LAKES CHRISTIAN COLLEGE LAKES (not Lakers – Lakes). The Cardinals had built up a 47-32 lead by Halftime then weathered a furious comeback attempt by the Lakes in the 2nd Half. The final score was Andrews University 78 Great Lakes Christian College 65. The Lakes had cut it to a 10 point game with 6 minutes left but drew no closer.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSIC – The DAVIS COLLEGE FALCONS and their guests – the PENN STATE- BRANDYWINE NITTANY LIONS played a true game for the ages on Saturday. Coach Daniel Rathmell guided his team to a hard-fought victory by a final score of 86-83. The Falcons improve to 11-9 for the season.