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
Arte Culver named head men's basketball coach at Covenant - 27 days ago
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Covenant Director of Athletics Tim Sceggel has announced the hiring of Arte Culver as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach. Culver becomes the 11th coach in the program's history since 1964, replacing Kyle Taylor who resigned his position as head coach and Athletic Director to become the Director of Player Development at Division I Utah State. "I am honored and blessed to serve as the head men's basketball coach at Covenant. I am thankful to President Dr. J. Derek Halvorson and Athletic Di... [read more]
Covenant Director of Athletics Tim Sceggel has announced the hiring of Arte Culver as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach. Culver becomes the 11th coach in the program's history since 1964, replacing Kyle Taylor who resigned his position as head coach and Athletic Director to become the Director of Player Development at Division I Utah State. "I am honored and blessed to serve as the head men's basketball coach at Covenant. I am thankful to President Dr. J. Derek Halvorson and Athletic Director Tim Sceggel for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead this men's basketball program. Their trust and support have been phenomenal," Culver said. "Covenant offers a unique combination of strong academics in a genuine Christian atmosphere, and these things became all the more evident as I began to familiarize myself with the school and basketball program. The men's basketball program has experienced a lot of growth in the past couple of seasons, and I believe that we have not hit our ceiling yet. I am extremely excited to make an impact in the lives of our players as we seek to take Covenant Men's Basketball to new heights." Culver comes to Covenant after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Wheaton (Ill.) College under head coach Mike Schauer. At Wheaton, Culver assisted in all areas of the program and served as the recruiting coordinator. Prior to Wheaton, Culver spent one year as the scholastic coordinator and video coordinator at NCAA Division I member Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In his duties at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Culver oversaw all academic aspects of the men's basketball program and coordinated video scouting. "I am beyond excited to bring a man of Arte's quality to lead our men's basketball program," Sceggel said. "His gifts in discipleship and recruiting, along with his relentless pursuit of excellence, make him a great fit for Covenant. I can't wait to see how God will use Arte to shape the lives of young men in the context of basketball in the years ahead." Prior to his tenure at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Culver served one year as an assistant basketball coach and math teacher at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. Culver also served one year as the head varsity basketball coach at Rosehill Christian School in Tomball, Texas, while teaching algebra and geometry classes. Culver is a 2006 graduate of Rice University, earning a degree in Mathematics. A walk-on with the Owls, Culver was a three-year letterwinner for the Rice men's basketball team and was a member of a class that set the program record for most victories during a four-year period with 73. During his playing career, Rice made two National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearances. Additionally, Culver was a four-time scholar athlete at Rice and a two-time Arthur Ashe Scholar during his career. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Mathematics from Rice in 2008, while serving as a graduate assistant and video coordinator for the Owls basketball program. "As I look back on the journey that has led me to Covenant, I am grateful for my experience as a college basketball player, and having had the privilege to serve, learn, and grow under many great coaching mentors," Culver added. "Collectively, these experiences have shaped and prepared me to be the head coach at Covenant." Culver will inherit a Covenant program that is coming off one of the best seasons in its history. The Scots went 18-10 in 2015-16 and won the USA South Tournament title to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Covenant looks to return four starters from last year's squad along with a host of role players and a talented recruiting class. "In getting to know some of the returning players, their pride in Covenant basketball, and sincere desire to see the program continue to move forward was encouraging," Culver said. "I look forward to building on last season's success and fostering a culture that sustains that level of excellence. There is a lot of momentum coming into next season having several players coming back from an NCAA Tournament team. We'll add a really talented group of incoming freshmen to the mix as well. I am thankful to have Peter Wilkerson staying on as our assistant coach. His history and familiarity with the school and basketball program will provide some continuity that will help ease the transition for both myself and our players." Fostering a culture begins immediately for Culver as he has made building relationships with members of the program, and the larger community, a top priority. "My first priority is to come in and establish positive relationships with members of the basketball team, their families, and the campus community at large," Culver continued. "It is my goal to see each person in our program grow and mature spiritually, intellectually, and reach their full potential on the basketball court, and accomplishing this will begin with building quality relationships between players and coaches." Culver and his wife, Julia, have three children, Teddy, Aaron and Annie. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Jay Smith accepts men's basketball coaching position at Kalamazoo College - 2 months ago
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Jay Smith has verbally accepted the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College. Smith brings 31 years of collegiate coaching experience to Kalamazoo, including 10 years as a head coach at Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University. "I am elated to accept the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College," Smith said. "I am truly grateful for the opportunity that [Director of Athletics] Kristen Smith and the search committee has given me.... [read more]
Jay Smith has verbally accepted the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College. Smith brings 31 years of collegiate coaching experience to Kalamazoo, including 10 years as a head coach at Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University. "I am elated to accept the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College," Smith said. "I am truly grateful for the opportunity that [Director of Athletics] Kristen Smith and the search committee has given me. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking this program and molding it into a championship culture. It is going to take time and patience to create the brand that we as a unit can believe in and thrive in for years to come." Most recently, Smith was an assistant coach at University of Detroit Mercy from 2008-16. The 2015-16 team ranked eighth in the nation in scoring (84.1 ppg) and scored 90 or more points nine times. Smith helped the Titans to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 and an NIT Tournament appearance in 2013. Smith was the head coach at Central Michigan University for nine years (1998-2006). His time with the Chippewas led to a pair of Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season championships, a MAC Tournament championship, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. His 2002-03 team had wins over Michigan, No. 23 Notre Dame and No. 15 Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Smith recruited and coached Chris Kaman, the 2003 MAC Player of the Year and sixth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft (Los Angeles Clippers). Prior to CMU, Smith was the head coach at Grand Valley State University in 1996-97 where he guided the Lakers to a 23-6 overall record, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular season and tournament championships, and an NCAA II Tournament appearance. Smith was an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for seven years (1989-96) where he helped the Wolverines to six NCAA Tournaments and two Final Four appearances while coaching All-Americans Rumeal Robinson and Chris Webber along with All-Big Ten selections Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose and Ray Jackson. Before Michigan, Smith was an assistant at Kent State for five years (1984-89) where he helped the Golden Flashes to a pair of NIT Tournament appearances. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with a business minor at Saginaw Valley State University in 1984 and a master's degree in sports administration at Kent State in 1986. He played one year of basketball at Bowling Green State University (1989-90) before playing his final three years at Saginaw Valley State where the Cardinals posted a 60-32 record (32-16 GLIAC) during his career. Smith played high school basketball at Mio Au Sable and still holds the Michigan state record for career scoring with 2,841 points. Smith will be the 14th head coach in the 110-year history of Kalamazoo College's men's basketball program. He expects to begin working at K officially on July 1. "There will be a major focus on teaching and developing winning habits that will carry us both on and off the court," Smith said. "We will work diligently from day one to make sure we are recruiting high character student-athletes and putting them in a position to be successful by taking the 'LEAP' ; Love, Excellence, Accountability, and Passion. "This is a tremendous day for my family and me, and we are extremely fortunate to be welcomed into the Kalamazoo College community and to be part of something special." Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
New York- Dowling College of the East Coast Conference NCAA Division II announced that it's closing it's doors due to financial strains that the college has endure over the past several years. The players in the program are allow to transfer to any NCAA institutions without paying the transfer rule penalty. Head coach John Mateyko and his staff will be helping players transfer, as well the East Coast Conference along with Molloy College athletics have open an line for Dowling college... [read more]
New York- Dowling College of the East Coast Conference NCAA Division II announced that it's closing it's doors due to financial strains that the college has endure over the past several years.
The players in the program are allow to transfer to any NCAA institutions without paying the transfer rule penalty.
Head coach John Mateyko and his staff will be helping players transfer, as well the East Coast Conference along with Molloy College athletics have open an line for Dowling college players who are seeking advice and help in finding a new school. The East Coast Conference members school will have the advantage to recruit members of the Downling College Golden Lions.
The news of the college closing came as a surprise to many and the players and fellow students where made aware last week that the college was closing it's doors.
This is the second college around the country that has shut it's doors in recent weeks, the other Burlington College in Vermont.
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