Playing through significant foul trouble and emerging with a strong run of play in the second half, the North Central College men's basketball team improved to 6-0 at home on Tuesday night by winning an intensely physical battle with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers, 73-64, at Gregory Arena.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals are now 8-0 for the second time in the program's history and have now won nine straight home games dating back to last season.
After playing to a 14-14 standstill in the first 13 minutes, the Cardinals got a pair of jumpers from Derek Raridon (6'6''-G/F) and a three-pointer and fast-break layup from Aaron Tiknis to fuel a 9-2 run that gave the hosts a 23-16 edge with 4:55 left in the opening half. Platteville (7-3) narrowed the gap to a single point at 26-25, but North Central held the Pioneers scoreless for the final 2:34 and got two free throws from Raridon to head into halftime ahead, 28-25.
The Cardinals owned a 31-27 advantage early in the second period before putting together an 11-5 run, capped off by a Vince Kmiec three-pointer, to take their first double-digit lead at 42-32. North Central maintained its lead over the next six minutes before Pat Rourke (6'3''-G) sank a pair of free throws and fed Kmiec for a layup after a steal to fuel a 7-0 run that gave the hosts their biggest lead at 63-46 with five minutes left.
North Central wound up shooting 59.1 percent from the floor (13-22) in the final 20 minutes while making 16 of 22 free throws. Raridon finished with 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting, while Kmiec totaled 14 points and Tiknis added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Chas Cross and Rob Stallion scored 20 points apiece for Platteville.
The Cardinals travel to Lisle to face Benedictine University (2-7) on Saturday. Tipoff at the Rice Center is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com
Senior point guard Pierre Hayden came in from Hampton and looks to make an immediate impact as a vocal leader, distributor and scoring threat in the backcourt 'Pierre is one of our transfers, and he has the largest learning curve because he's a point guard,' Potter said. 'I probably talk to him more than I talk to any other individual player. He and I have a special relationship, because I let him know when he makes a great decision but I also have to tell him when he does something wrong. [read more]
Senior point guard Pierre Hayden came in from Hampton and looks to make an immediate impact as a vocal leader, distributor and scoring threat in the backcourt 'Pierre is one of our transfers, and he has the largest learning curve because he's a point guard,' Potter said. 'I probably talk to him more than I talk to any other individual player. He and I have a special relationship, because I let him know when he makes a great decision but I also have to tell him when he does something wrong. There's not a lot of time to learn everything.' Hayden said he originally planned to transfer to Pittsburg State, but changed his mind after a campus visit to Newman in May when he met Potter and assistant coach R.J. Allen. 'When they were recruiting me, the biggest thing they said they needed was leadership,' Hayden said. 'I try to lead by example and I want to be the main leader on this team, vocally and physically.' The point-guard position often demands a certain level of leadership, and Hayden said he's been working to craft his game away from a shoot-first mentality to fit the more traditional definition of a floor general. Newman's typically fast-paced style works best with a guard who distributes the ball, and Hayden wants to refine that skill this year. 'I've been working on being more of a true point guard,' he said. 'I really want to average a double-double. I want as many assists as points, and to do that I have to get my teammates involved. That's what I've been working on. The main thing is being a leader.' Helping Hayden from a leadership standpoint will be a pair of returners with more experience at Newman than any other players. Senior guards Taylor Schieber and Daniel Nwosu Jr. started seven games each last year, both seeing more minutes in the second half of the season. Where Hayden hopes to lead, Nwosu, the top returning scorer with 10.1 points, wants to motivate with volume. 'I'm a different type of leader,' Nwosu said. ' (Hayden) is more of the vocal-type guy. I'm always the loudest person, but I'm not the type of person to get on guys. I'm more of an energy, motivator guy. What I'm really trying to do this year is to be the loudest person on the court every game. My goal is to bring the most energy to the team every game.' High-energy is a good description of a Newman program that averaged more than 83 points last season. But the pace required to maintain such a mark demands coordination and a fluidity that may not yet be there at the beginning of the season. 'One of the things we like to do is get the basketball up and down the floor,' Potter said. 'So for the possibility to score we're trying to perfect each offense we have. We hope we have guys ready to take over, but any time you have a situation like we do you're going to have a learning curve, and I think we're behind offensively right now.' Hayden looks to Prepare for Portsmouth invitational As her sits out the remainder of the 2nd half of the season due to the NCAA transfer rule.
Jon Davis recorded his 12th 20-point scoring game of the season but the Charlotte 49ers (11-14, C-USA: 5-9) fell to Old Dominion (16-10, C-USA: 9-5), 72-48, on the road. Davis led all scorers with 26 points with 19 of them coming in the second half. Austin Ajukwa recorded his 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points. Charlotte was 12-for-13 from the free throw line. Austin Ajukwa looks promising as a future NBA Prospect with his ability to Create of the dribble and knock down the... [read more]
Jon Davis recorded his 12th 20-point scoring game of the season but the Charlotte 49ers (11-14, C-USA: 5-9) fell to Old Dominion (16-10, C-USA: 9-5), 72-48, on the road.
Davis led all scorers with 26 points with 19 of them coming in the second half. Austin Ajukwa recorded his 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points. Charlotte was 12-for-13 from the free throw line.
Austin Ajukwa looks promising as a future NBA Prospect with his ability to Create of the dribble and knock down the Jumper and lock down wing defender. Look forward to see Ajukwa be used to his ability for UNC-Charlotte.
Old Dominion has three players in double-figures led by Ahmad Caver and Zoran Talley with 17 points apiece.
With Old Dominion leading 6-2, the 49ers connected on three straights three-point field goals by White, Davis and Braxton Ogbueze to take an 11-7 lead with 15:31 on the clock.
Old Dominion scored five straight points regaining the lead. Then, Ajukwa was fouled shooting a three and he went to line and made all three free throws helping the 49ers regain the lead 14-12 with 12:38 left in the first half.
Old Dominion scored six straight points regaining the lead. Charlotte scored four straight points tying the score at 18 with just over eight minutes left in the first half. Then, Old Dominion scored seven straight points taking a 25-18 lead with 7:10 on the clock. A three by Ajukwa and a basket by White cut Old Dominion's lead to 25-23 with 5:08 left in the first half. However, Old Dominion scored seven of the first half's final nine points taking a 32-25 halftime lead.
Four minutes into the second half, Old Dominion had pushed their lead to 38-27. Then, the 49ers behind the scoring of Davis and Ajukwa went on an 11-2 run over the next two minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 40-38 when Ajukwa knocked down two free throws with 13:08 left in the second half.
Then, Old Dominion went on an 8-0 run over the next two and half minutes pushing their lead back 48-38 with just over 10 and half minutes left in the second half. The 49ers answered the ODU run with an 8-2 run over the next four minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 50-46 when Davis knocked down two free throws with 6:58 left in regulation. However that would be as close as the 49ers would get the rest of the way.
Charlotte returns to Halton Arena to play WKU, Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
Case Defense Holds UR Scoreless for Last 3:23 in Upset Win - 4 days ago
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Visiting Case Western Reserve University held the University of Rochester scoreless over the final 3:23 and went on to a 75-72 victory over the sixth-ranked Yellowjackets at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Sunday afternoon. It was just the third loss of the year for the Yellowjackets (21-3 overall, 10-3 University Athletic Association) and it determined the UAA playoff race. Washington University defeated Brandeis, 95-91, in Waltham, MA on Sunday to clinch the UAA title and automatic bid.... [read more]
Visiting Case Western Reserve University held the University of Rochester scoreless over the final 3:23 and went on to a 75-72 victory over the sixth-ranked Yellowjackets at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Sunday afternoon. It was just the third loss of the year for the Yellowjackets (21-3 overall, 10-3 University Athletic Association) and it determined the UAA playoff race. Washington University defeated Brandeis, 95-91, in Waltham, MA on Sunday to clinch the UAA title and automatic bid. Washington is 12-1 with one game left. Rochester and Washington swapped road victories this season. Rochester has been ranked number one in the East Region by the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Committee for the first two polls. The third poll will be issued this Wednesday. UR finishes the regular season at Emory University in Atlanta. Emory is fourth in the UAA with an 8-5 mark (17-7 overall). The Eagles are trying to earn a Pool C (at-large) invitation to the NCAA tournament. A win over Rochester might accomplish that. This victory was the third win in the last four games for Case (8-16, 3-10 UAA). Colin Zucker (6'0''-PG) scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He hit six three-pointers in 15 attempts. Connor Nally (6'5''-F) hit five of 11 outside the arc enroute to 19 points. He grabbed eight rebounds. Javier Alvarez had 13 points for Case to go with seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals. As a team, Case broke the Palestra record for three-point attempts. The Spartans made 13 in 46 tries. CWRU held the previous record of 41 attempts - set last season. Rochester made only four treys in 24 shots. CWRU hit the boards hard and it paid off. The Spartans collected 19 offensive rebounds and turned those into 23 second-chance points. Case held a 45-41 overall edge on the glass. Jacob Wittig scored 20 points for Rochester. Zack Ayers (6'10''-F) had 16 points. Sam Borst-Smith (6'3''-G) scored 14, and Ryan Clamage (6'4''-G) had 11. The Yellowjackets couldn't string together any offensive consistency. Their longest scoring outburst was eight points - two free throws apiece by Mack Montague (6'3''-G) and Borst-Smith, a reverse layup by Wittig, and a backdoor layup by Andrew Lundstrom (6'6''-F). It put UR up, 50-48. Zucker scored five points in 26 seconds. He swished a three-pointer from right wing to restore the lead (51-50) and added two free throws after a Lundstrom foul for a 53-50 lead with 13:35 on the clock. Neither team could get more than a two or three-point edge over the last 13 minutes. Zucker's sixth three-pointer came with 4:33 left. He missed an attempt, got his own rebound, worked his way outside the arc on left wing and connected this time. It broke a 67-all tie. Rochester used two free throws from Wittig and a three-pointer by Borst-Smith to take a 72-70 lead with 3:23 left. Alvarez drilled a three-pointer with 3:04 left (73-72 Case) and after Montague missed a jumper for Rochester, Nally grabbed two big rebounds. He collected the defensive board. When Zucker missed a layup, Nally fought for the rebound and the followup, 75-72 with 2:30 left. After a series of misses at both ends, Zucker made the front end of a two-shot foul for the 76-72 lead with 17 seconds left. Rochester missed two more three-point shots. Alvarez collected the second one and was fouled with five seconds remaining. He missed the one-and-one with 0:01 on the clock, but it didn't matter. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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