BAY CITY, Mich. - Saginaw University junior guard Chris Webb (Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill) and Tiffin University senior guard Karl Finley (Oak Park, Mich./Macomb C.C.) have been chosen as the GLIAC Men's Basketball North and South Division "Players of the Week", respectively.
GLIAC North Division Player
of the Week:
Saginaw Valley State
6-1, Junior, Guard
Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill
Junior guard Chris Webb led the
Cardinals in scoring in both games of the weekend Coaches vs.
Cancer Classic hosted by Wisconsin-Parkside. Webb tallied 19 points
in the 83-68 loss to Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday, while tallying
22 points in the 85-75 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Saturday.
Webb currently leads SVSU and ranks second in the GLIAC with his
18.7 points per game average this season. He is shooting 47.2
percent (17-36) from the field and 88.9 percent (16-18) from the
North Division Weekly Honor
Roll: Jerrell Sanders - FS, James Thomas - GV, Derek
Kinney - LS, Mike Hojnacki - MT, Haki Stampley - NM, Darvin Ham -
2010-11 North Division "Players of the Week": (11/15) Bobby Lewis - NU; (11/21) Chris Webb - SV.
GLIAC South Division Player
of the Week:
6-1, Senior, Guard
Oak Park, Mich./Macomb C.C.
Senior guard Karl Finley led the Dragons to the tournament title at the GCI Alaska Invitational by averaging 21.7 points, 3.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He opened the tournament by scorind a career-high 31 points in a 88-84 loss to Lindenwood (Mo.). He came back with a 20-point, six-rebound, five-assist effort in an 86-79 win over host Alaska-Fairbanks. Finley shot 49 percent (24-49) from the floor in the three games, making six-of-14 (42.9%) on the arc and going 11-14 (78.6%) from the free throw line.
South Division Weekly Honor Roll: Evan Yates - AU, Brad Peihl - UF, Nick Washburn - HC, Eric Worthey - LE, Aaron Gibbs - OD. Mike Hollingsworth - WS.
2010-11 South Division "Players of the Week": (11/15) Travis Spahr - TU; (11/21) Karl Finley - TU.
Ashland went 1-2 last week, opening the season with a win at Lock Haven and then dropping a pair of games at the Ohio Dominican Classic…junior forward Evan Yates (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) had 24 points and 20 rebounds against Central State. He is the first Ashland player to collect 20 rebounds in a game since Mike Campbell had 20 against Tiffin on Dec. 22, 2001. Yates had a pair of double-doubles last week and averaged 17.0 ppg., 17.5 rebounds and 2.5 bpg. Yates missed AU’s season opener at Lock Haven (Nov. 14) due to injury…Ashland has its home opener this Wednesday (Nov. 23) and the game has a unique twist to it. The Eagles will host Point Park at 1 p.m. AU rarely plays mid-week afternoon games. That is Ashland’s only game of the week.
Ferris State Bulldogs
FSU suffered a 62-44 setback to regional foe Lewis (Ill.) in a non-league road game on Saturday (Nov. 19) afternoon at Neil Carey Arena in Romeoville, Ill... The Bulldogs, who were facing a Division II team for the first time this year after back-to-back games against NCAA Division I schools, dropped to 0-3 overall this season while Lewis improved to 2-0 on the year... Junior guard Kenny Brown (Farmington Hills/Harrison) and senior forward Jerrell Sanders (Grand Rapids/Creston) both had 11 points apiece to pace the Bulldogs... Lewis led 26-15 at halftime and outscored the Bulldogs 36-29 over the final 20 minutes to earn the victory at home... The Flyers held FSU without a field goal in the first 10 minutes of the regional showdown and limited FSU to only 26.9% (14-52) shooting from the floor for the contest... The Bulldogs return to Big Rapids and will host Olivet in their 2011-12 home opener on Tuesday (Nov. 22) evening at Jim Wink Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET).
The Oilers lost their 71-game home
winning streak on Tuesday as Malone defeated Findlay by a score of
74-71. The loss also ended Findlay’s 105-game regular
season home winning streak. The Oilers did however end #6
West Liberty State’s home winning streak at 49-games as they
defeated the Hilltoppers 84-80 in overtime on Thursday. In
the loss to Malone, junior forward Brad Piehl scored a career-high
16 points while senior guard Kyle Caiola pumped in a season-high 19
points. In the win over West Liberty State, freshman forward
Jake Heagen scored a career-high 21 points off the bench.
Junior forward Jack Smith hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds while
sophomore forward Greg Kahlig grabbed a career-high ten boards and
blocked a career-high five shots. The Oilers limited the
Hilltoppers to a mere 30.5 percent shooting clip in the win.
On the season, Caiola is leading the team at 15.3 points per
game. Kahlig is doing a little of everything, averaging 12.3
points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 assists per
Grand Valley State Lakers
The Lakers hit 13 three-pointers in their season-opening 94-51 victory over Michigan-Dearborn on Wednesday night. It was the most triples for GVSU since Dec. 20, 2006, when it made 15 trifectas against Rochester. Seven of the team’s first 12 made shots on the season were from beyond the arc…it was the team’s 12th straight home-opening victory and 13th straight win in a season opener…GVSU almost pulled an upset over #1 Bellarmine on Saturday, falling 70-67 to the defending champion Knights. Five Lakers averaged double-figures in points for the week, led by senior guard James Thomas (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids CC) and junior guard Breland Hogan (Taylor, Mich./Kennedy). Thomas averaged 15.0 ppg. and 6.0 rpg, while Hogan added 12.0 ppg. and 4.0 apg…the Lakers hit 20 three-pointers in their first two contests, compared to just 10 for their opponents.
The Hillsdale College men’s basketball team is off to a 3-0 start for the second consecutive season, after a pair of wins last week…The Chargers earned a narrow in-region road win over St. Joseph’s College, 71-69 on Wednesday…Hillsdale is outscoring its opponents by an average of 19 points per game, and is only giving up an average of 51 points per game…In Saturday’s win over Northwest Ohio, junior center Nick Washburn scored a career-high 25 points, on 10-for-14 shooting from the field…Sophomore forward Tim Dezelski is the team’s third-leading scorer, despite not starting any games…Three players are averaging at least five rebounds per game…Senior Tyler Gerber is averaging more than five assists per game…This week, Hillsdale hosts another GLVC foe, Illinois-Springfield, Wednesday night.
Lake Erie Storm
Lake Erie College picked up a pair of home wins this week, as it defeated Salem International University, 86-77, Tuesday and Malone University, 72-61, Saturday. Tuesday’s win was the first time since the 2009-10 season the Storm had five players reach double figures. Sophomore Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led with a team-high 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Junior forward Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) recorded his first double-double with a career-high 10 boards and 11 points. Against Malone, Lake Erie trailed by seven points with seven minutes to play before closing the game on a 23-5 run. The Storm scoring attack was led by sophomore guard Nate Tait (South Euclid, OH/Brush), who ended the day with a career-high 23 points. Worthey recorded his second career double-double in as many games to finish with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Austin nearly joined him with nine points, all coming in the second half, and 10 boards.
Lake Superior State Lakers
LSSU finished 1-1 at the Merrill
Thompson Classic hosted by Wisconsin-Superior and posted a 2-1
record for the week. Junior forward Derek Kinney (Romulus, Mich.)
led the Lakers for the second straight week, averaging 20.7 points
and 8.0 rebounds per game. His 25 points against Finlandia and Alma
were both career highs. Sophomore center Cameron Metz (Grand
Rapids, Mich.) totaled a career-high 11 rebounds against Alma,
while sophomore guard Derek Billing’s (Anna, Ohio) 26 points
against Finlandia tied a career high. For the season, Kinney is
averaging 17.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Billing, senior
guard Kyle Hunt (Macomb, Mich.) and Metz are also scoring in double
figures at 14.2, 12.2 and 11.6 ppg, respectively. The Lakers head
to Indianapolis for a GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament during
Thanksgiving weekend. They are 0-1 all-time against Indianapolis
and 0-2 against St. Joseph’s.
Michigan Tech Huskies
Michigan Tech will play its first
game this season that is not against a member of the Northern Sun
Intercollegiate Conference Tuesday (Nov. 22) when it hosts
UW-Parkside. The team will play its first road games of the season
when it faces Southwest Minnesota State Friday (Nov. 25) and
Bemidji State Saturday (Nov. 26) at the Beaver Classic in Bemidji,
Minn. Tech defeated Minnesota State 74-63 Saturday (Nov. 19) in its
only game of the week. Senior Mike Hojnacki scored a game-high 18
points against Minnesota State to eclipse the 1,000 point mark.
Sophomore Austin Armga scored 14 points and pulled down a
career-high six rebounds against the Mavericks. Freshman Ben
Stelzer enjoyed the best game of his young career against MSU
tallying career-bests in points (13) and rebounds (two).
Northern Michigan Wildcats
Michigan men’s basketball team lost to Lewis University 87-53
on (Nov. 15)…The Wildcats were led by freshman Haki Stampley
with 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks… Junior
forward TJ Cameron had 12 points and three rebounds…Senior
center Jared Benson also netted 11 points and one block…NMU
travels to the University of Indianapolis Tournament this week
facing St. Joseph’s (Nov. 25) and Indianapolis (Nov. 26).
Northwood went 1-2 last week,
defeating Northwood (FL) 70-69 before falling to Minnesota-Duluth
(71-62) and Wisconsin-Parkside (71-70) ... Northwood is now 3-2 on
the season ... sophomore Darvin Ham (Saginaw, Mich./Bridgeport)
came off the bench to lead the Timberwolves in scoring (12.7) and
rebounding (7.7) for the week ... Ham shot 56.0 percent from the
floor (14-25) and 44.4 percent from 3-point range (4-9) for the
week ... NU had the ball trailing by one in the final moments of
the game against UW-Parkside, but were unable to net the winning
basket ... in the Timberwolves’ five games this season,
Northwood has allowed 70, 71, 69, 71 and 71 points ... Northwood is
off this week - they will return to action December 1 at
Ohio Dominican Panthers
Ohio Dominican finished with a 1-1
record at its annual Red Roof Inn Roundball Classic, knocking off
Lourdes University 57-51 before falling 65-60 to Central
State…Four players averaged in double figures last week, led
by senior forward Aaron Gibbs with 11.5 points and 8.0
rebounds…Morgan Jones averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds
per night and totaled six steals, while Jake Mochoskay and Zak
Kapron both averaged 10.0 points per game…Kapron had a
season-best 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting against
CSU…Darrien Douglas has knocked down 8-of-11 shots this year
off the bench (72.7 percent), including 4-of-6 from beyond the
arc…The Panthers are off for the Thanksgiving break and
return to action with GLIAC play against Grand Valley State on Dec.
1 and Ferris State on Dec. 3 in Alumni Hall.
Saginaw Valley State Cardinals
SVSU went 1-1 this past weekend
(Nov. 18-19) at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic hosted by
Wisconsin-Parkside. The Cardinals dropped their first contest on
Friday against Wisconsin-Parkside, 83-68. SVSU would bounce back to
defeat Minnesota Duluth 85-75 on Saturday for their first win of
the season. Junior Chris Webb posted a team high in points both
nights for the Cardinals, scoring 19 against UWP and 22 in the win
over UMD. Michael Fugate recorded back-to-back 13 point efforts for
the Cardinals this weekend, while Mike Schaaf added 11 points in
both games and also came down with 11 rebounds against UMD. Through
three games this year, the Cardinals are averaging 74.7 points per
game and are shooting .404 from the floor. SVSU is once again
one of the most consistent teams from the free-throw line as they
are shooting .797 (59-of-74) from the line. Saginaw Valley will
welcome Division I Miami University to O’Neill Arena on
Monday (Nov. 21) for a 7:00 PM tip and then host Cedarville on
Saturday (Nov. 26).
Tiffin went 2-1 to win the GCI Alaska Invitational, their first tournament title since 2004-05…The Dragons lost the opener to Lindenwood and bounced back to defeat Alaska and Southwest Baptist…It was a three-way tie for first with LU and SBU but TU had the tiebreaker…Karl Finley was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Travis Spahr…Spahr averaged 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds a game…Joe Graessle has hit 94 career three-pointers, now 10th in school history.
Wayne State Warriors
The WSU (0-1) dropped its 2011-12 home opener, 92-80, to No. 1-ranked Bellarmine University (2-0) on Thursday night... It was WSU's first setback in a home opener since a 100-95 loss against St. Mary's College on Nov. 21, 1990...Junior guard Mike Hollingsworth (Utica, Mich. / Utica) scored 24 of his game-high 28 points in the first half. Hollingsworth was 10-of-16 from the field and made his first six three-pointers. In his Warrior debut, junior Cole Prophet (Sandusky, Ohio / Sandusky (Central State)) tallied 16 points, four rebounds and three assists...WSU shot 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the field including 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from behind-the-arc in the first 20 minutes. The Warriors ended the game shooting 57.7 percent (30-of-52) from the floor and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from three-point land... Wayne State welcomes Marygrove College to the Matthaei this Monday at 7 p.m.