Alaska-Anchorage 65, Rice 54
UAA beating Rice isn’t as huge as some would make it out to be. If UAA had been winning consistently, it might be, but as such: it’s not. Every conference team thus far is so up and down and wins and losses mean little because if you’re going to blow one out of proportion it makes sense to blow them all out of proportion and at this point we can’t do that. Not with the Seawolves, not with anyone.
Player highlights: Travis Thompson had a monster game with 29 points; Nicho Burgard came in off the bench and chipped in 11; Derrick Fain added 9; Sjur Berg contributed 7 points and six rebounds; finally the best of the day: Brian McGill had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists. Travis Thompson scoring is awesome, but Brian McGill made those around him better and that’s invaluable. This game was remarkably turnover free, largely thanks to the combination of McGill and Thompson, so there is that.
Nicely done Seawolves.
MSU-Billings 79, Black Hills State 61
Again: We’d call it a big result against an RMAC school except then we’d have to give credit to the Frontier Conference (which admittedly: we do) but it’s just too hard to say. And to be frank: it doesn’t really matter. They got it done. Let’s see if our Yellowjackets (mascot of both teams) can do it more consistently. The good news lies in their players:
Marc Matthews was great with 23 points; Momir Gataric chipped in 14; Austin Hudson had a quiet game but inevitably was felt when he was in; Antoine Hosley added 10 points off the bench; finally: Gary Gordon added 7 points. Relatively even distribution of assists, and rebounds; the Yellowjackets also improved with turnovers, which is great.
They’ll be a threat yet.
Western Washington 95, Douglas 54
We refuse to dignify this game with any analysis. It’s late November: play some gosh darn rootin’ tootin’ D2 teams.
Western Oregon 83, Academy of Art 73
Does the SPU loss to Academy of Art make this game look better or worse? Yet to decide on that one, but the Wolves got it done all the same. Maybe the decision is that it doesn’t matter because parity reigns supreme overall.
Julian Nichols had an amazing game with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, 26 points and only ONE turnover -WOW; Lew Thomas added 12 points, seven rebounds, and two assists; Andy Avgi contributed 16 points and seven rebounds. Off the bench, the Wolves got 12 points out of Marwan Sarhan which is nothing to sniff at. Turnovers… they had 14, which is under 15, which is good, so… slowly but surely improving across the conference.
Notre Dame de Namur 123, Simon Fraser 116
And SFU got burned. Oh well. Still proud of the Clan, although starting to think math is going to have to be more involved in determining player of the week. Their guys GET UP and yet it’s not fair to punish guys on teams with defensive prowess because they’re not hitting near the SFU totals. Defense wins championships, eh?
Sango Niang had 15 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals; Roderick Taylor-Evans had 25 points six rebounds, two assists, and four steals; Michael Harper had 15 points and five boards while being a turnover king; Patrick Simon II also chipped in 15 points. Off the bench Hidde Vos (6th man, hello) added 18.
The thing about all of that is now we really should divide all of those numbers in half, no? The collective point total divided in half is roughly 120, meaning each team would have scored roughly 60 if they’d played defense. Since the total is a little low, we’ll multiply everything by .65 instead.
As such: ND de Namur scored 80, SFU 76; Sango had 10, Roderick 17, Michael & PSII 10, Hidde 12. That seems more fair in context.
Tarleton State 81, Northwest Nazarene 61
This game was an intriguing game purely because of when it landed. The results are not surprising in the slightest. Tarleton State is ranked in the top 10 (more about rankings early next week), the game was in Texas, and while the trip was recommended -it was because it was Texas over Thanksgiving weekend; not the fact that the Crusaders were going to win (because we knew they weren’t).
Player highlights: Erik Kinney had 13 points, eight rebounds, and three assists whilst fouling out; Mike Wright chipped in 11 points; Kevin Rima added 10 points and six rebounds; Todd Helgeson had seven points and four rebounds off the bench. The Crusaders had a whopping 18 turnovers and lost the battle of the boards (although not by much). Bouna needs to start stepping up once again.
Central Washington 84, Walla Walla 71
For those not familiar with it: Walla Walla is a DIII 7th Day Adventist college. Because the score is within reason, we will actually do player highlights:
Gary Jacobs with a FULL HOUSE of 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks, a mere two turnovers, and four fouls; Dom Williams had nine points and five rebounds; Terry Dawn had 17 points and five rebounds off the bench; Joseph Stroud had 18 points and five rebounds off the bench. Nicely done Wildcats.
Saint Martin’s 73, Concordia 72
First and foremost: There will be a collective Concordia post about their results against their new siblings this current year. We’re so proud of both the Saints and the Cavaliers for this game. Ultimately for now we’re only going to highlight the Saints players, BUT in the collective post Concordia will be the focus.
Trey Ingram, Tyler Copp, and Ryan Rogers all had 11 points a piece –Ryan Rogers separates himself with eight rebounds. Tyler Copp may have had the game winning shot, but needing a game winning shot is not something we see as a good thing. If everyone had committed to defense more, it would’ve been unnecessary. Off the bench Brent Counts had 12 points and Will Bond had eight. Turnovers were back in check with a mere 9, so that is at least good to see.
Overall not a bad day for the conference and good to see turnovers getting themselves under control for the most part.