Thursday, January 31, 2008

News From The Summit 1/31/2008

Southern Utah game
Pure perseverance--The Spectrum

AREA COLLEGE HOOPS: Tonight's college basketball game--The Detroit Free Press



Matchup: Oakland University 10-10, 5-4 Summit; North Dakota State 11-9, 5-4.

Tip-off: 7, Oakland Activities Center, Rochester.

Webstream: Overview: Oakland ended a three-game losing streak with an 85-71 win at Western Illinois on Saturday. Derick Nelson (17.6 points per game) and Johnathon Jones (14.7 ppg) lead the Golden Grizzlies, who won at North Dakota State, 73-71, on Jan. 5. The Bison will look to pound the ball inside to Brett Winkleman (19.7 points, 7.8 rebounds).

OU's Nelson juggles school, basketball and fatherhood--The Oakland Press

Inconsistent Mastodons prepare for rematch--The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Leathernecks prepare for Kangaroos, T-Birds--The Macomb Journal

Westerwinds open second round of league play against Southern Utah,

Don't write off Jacks, Nagy after Fargo fiasco--Argus Leader
Former Jackrabbit Gilbert suspended--Argus Leader

Second-chance success--The Tulsa World
Jenks guard opts for Golden Hurricane--The Tulsa World
Mike Brown's Summit League Notebook--The Tulsa World

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

News From The Summit 1/30/2008


At Cedar City, the Southern Utah University women's basketball posted its first two-game winning streak of the season with a victory over the Ladies of Centenary on Monday night.

With back-to-back home court victories, the Thunderbirds improved to 5-15 on the season and 3-6 in conference play. Centenary falls to 3-16 and remains winless in the conference with an 0-9 mark.

Southern Utah used a blistering pace throughout the game, building 12-0 advantage in fast break points and shooting a near perfect 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point line in the first-half to build a quick lead and stay ahead early in the game.

"We thought tonight that our bigs would be able to out run their bigs," head coach Steve Hodson said of the quicker tempo. "We knew that this was their fourth game on the road and they might be physically tired so we tried to use that to our advantage."

The strategy paid off as Southern Utah built its first double-digit lead of the game of 11 (17-6) eight minutes into the contest. Centenary chipped the lead down to single digits only once during the half (23-14), but Aubrey Mackintosh kept the visitors at bay, shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, including two long balls. Freshman Caitlyn Sears also benefited from the quicker tempo with 11 points at the break.

It was Sears' shot at the buzzer of the first half that put the Thunderbirds up by their largest margin of 14 (37-23) going into the intermission.

"It is really fun when you can out run and physically out play an opponent," Sears said after the game. "We did a great job of running as a team and it just got us even more pumped up to play."

The Thunderbirds did not relent from the quickness of the game following the time in the locker rooms, building a lead of 19 (47-28) four minutes into the second half. Centenary then countered with its biggest run of game of 11-4 capped by a Sarah Wieler jumper at the 10:25 mark. However, it was the closest the opposition came as Southern Utah answered with a 10-2 run late in the half on an Erin Heuett bucket to extend the lead to 66-46 with two minutes remaining.

CC's Bethany Joseph hit her game-high fifth 3-point bucket seconds later to cut the lead to 17, but a free throw by Sears closed out the game at 67-49 when the final whistle blew.

SUU freshman Caitlin Sears led all scorers with a career-high 16 points, followed by Aubrey Mackintosh with 14 and Anne Westwood with a double-double night of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman point guard Kaila Goff contributed eight assists.

Bethany Joseph led Centenary with 15 points on five 3-point baskets, followed by Anne Farrell with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Southern Utah will look to keep its winning streak alive and put to bed its road woes when the Thunderbirds travel to Western Illinois on Saturday to face the league-leading Westerwinds. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (Central Time) and will be broadcast live on Power 91 (91.1 FM). SUU will continue its road swing the following Monday when the team travels to IUPUI.

Thunderbirds Hoping Momentum Will Ease Road Woes (WBB Notebook 2/2-2/4)

Beating the odds — Despite disability, Crum continues to prove he
T-Birds' star out with appendicitis--The Spectrum

Oakland Hosts North Dakota State on

Lewis-Carlisle Named Summit League Player of the

Barefoot basketball coach raises money, shoes for charity--JagBytes
Coach Hunter's thoughts on the charity event--JagBytes
Jags' teamwork, shoeless coach too much for the Grizzlies--JagBytes
Men's team wins 77-59 over IPFW, Hill breaks point record--JagBytes

Women fall 68-50 in game on Jinx' birthday--JagBytes
Jaguars pull off a nail-biting win over Oakland at home--JagBytes

UMKC’s Brent Stephens To Miss The Remainder Of The Season--UMKC Kangaroos
Men's Basketball Heads To Western Illinois On Thursday Night--UMKC Kangaroos

Another visitor shoots lights out--Western Courier
Gauging the competition: UMKC and Southern Utah--Western Courier
Leathernecks wrap up season's longest homestand this

Gauging the competition: UMKC and Southern Utah--Western Courier
Summit race tightens--Western Courier
Western Honors National Girls And Women in Sports

Elite guards to meet--The Bison Zone
Meet-A-Bison: Mike Nelson--The Spectrum
Bison take down rivals in convincing fashion--The Spectrum

SDSU women hop all over Bison--The Spectrum
North Dakota State Women Head to IPFW, Oakland This

Lady Jacks overrun NDSU Bison in Fargo--SDSU Collegian
Jackrabbits found themselves in first place midway through Summit League--SDSU Collegian
Former SDSU player in trouble--SDSU Collegian
Jacks start second trip through The Summit

NDSU Bison stampede over Jackrabbits 90-63--SDSU Collegian
Men's basketball struggle in the first season in the Summit--SDSU Collegian
Tuesday tidbits--Argus Leader SDSU Blog
Jacks make key road trip to

IPFW's Lewis-Carlisle Garners Player of the Week Honor--The Summit League

Monday, January 28, 2008

News From The Summit 1/28/2008

D-I player without right hand 'pretty inspirational'
T-Birds win in a nail-biter--The University Journal
Thunderbirds Travel To IUPUI, Western

Crucial turnovers cost T-Birds the win--The University Journal

Grizzlies Wrap Up Road Trip At



Kangaroos right the ship with win over Centenary 76-73--The University News
Oral Roberts manhandles UMKC 75-47--The University News
Forward Getting(er) full college experience--The University News
Academic excellence applauded at Kemper--The University News
UMKC knocks off Centenary 57-46--The University News
Jackrabbits outflank Kangaroos 76-63--The University News
Kangaroo guard aches to play--The University News

First league loss for Winds a lopsided one--The Macomb Journal
Late injury overshadows loss--Western Courier
Western wraps up first half of The Summit League schedule against IPFW

Lights out vs. WIU--The Macomb Journal
Grizz burn 'Necks with hot hands--Western Courier

Third-Place Bison Men Play at Oakland Thursday, IPFW

NDSU Women's Basketball To "Think Pink" on Feb.

SDSU seniors establish D-I standard--Argus Leader

Centenary Ladies travel to Southern Utah today--The Shreveport Times

ORU women at UMKC--The Tulsa World

ORU questions with Marcus Lewis--The Tulsa World
Jarvis Named Summit League Player of the

Hill, Jarvis Share Weekly Honor--The Summit League

Sunday, January 27, 2008

News From The Summit 1/27/2008

Oral Roberts topples
Oral Roberts Thwarts T-Birds’ Upset

Freshmen spark T-Birds' victory--The Spectrum
Southern Utah Women's Basketball Wins Battle of the Birds with 52-49 Home

Grizzlies scorch nets, Western Ill.--The Detroit Free Press
Nelson scores 18 points to lead Oakland, Mich 85-71 over W. Illinois--The Detroit News
Both sides seem to have given up the ghost--The Oakland Press

The perception was supposed to change this season with the addition of former West Virginia coach John Beilein. It hasn't. Michigan lost to Harvard, coached by the above-mentioned Amaker, and was schooled by those pesky Central Michigan Chippewas. When the Wolverines did beat Oakland University, there were more than a few people who viewed it as an upset.

Oakland Shoots Past Western Illinois,

OU hammers first-place Westerwinds--The Oakland Press
Grizzlies Upend First Place Western Illinois,

IPFW wilts on the inside--The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
By George, Jaguars Top

Mastodon women grab first road win--The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Mastodons Continue to Roll in The

Hill scores 33 points in IUPUI's win--The Indy Star


UMKC beats Centenary--The Kansas City Star
Kangaroos Hold On To Top Centenary, 76-73--UMKC Kangaroos

Kangaroos Survive Dismal Second-Half Shooting To Defeat Centenary 57-46--UMKC Kangaroos

Oakland pins one on WIU--The Peoria Journal Star
Oakland sweeps WIU--The Hawk Eye
Leathernecks can’t overcome hot shooting night for Oakland, lose

Westerwinds fall to Oakland, 72-46, but remains in first in league

Jackrabbit attack--The Bison Zone
South Dakota State Jumps North Dakota State Early in 71-55

SDSU women breeze past rival Bison--Argus Leader
Women’s basketball live blog 1/26--Argus Leader SDSU Blog
Balanced Jacks top NDSU in

Area Men's College Basketball--The Shreveport Times

UMKC 76, Centenary 73: At Kansas City, Mo., Dane Brumagin scored 29 points as the Kangaroos edged the Gents.

The Kangaroos (8-14, 3-6) won for the fifth consecutive time in Kansas City against the Gents (9-12, 3-6), but it was not easy.

UMKC took a 74-73 advantage on a 3-point shot by Tim Blackwell with 2:08 left in the game. Both teams traded possessions without points until Centerary had the ball with 19.4 seconds left in the game.

Centenary's Justin Glenn tipped in a missed shot, but was called for a foul that nullified the basket. The Kangaroos' Reggie Hamilton then connected on both free throws with 9 seconds left in the game.

Lance Hill paced the Gents with 22 points. Nick Stallings had 18 and Tyrone Hamilton 12.

Gents Lose Heartbreaker at UMKC--GoCentenary.Com

Poor shooting dooms Centenary women--The Shreveport Times
Rebounds Difference in Ladies Loss to ‘Roos--GoCentenary.Com

Golden Eagles fall to So. Utah--The Tulsa World

Jarvis scores 34 to lift the Eagles--The Tulsa World
Jarvis scores 34, sinks clutch free shots for Golden Eagles--The Oklahoman
Jarvis Scores 34 as ORU Rallies Past Southern Utah,

Shooting Woes Force ORU to 52-49 Loss at Southern

IUPUI, Oakland, UMKC, ORU Win Saturday--The Summit League

IPFW, UMKC, OU, SDSU, SUU Collect League Victories in Women's Basketball--The Summit League

Saturday, January 26, 2008

News From The Summit 1/26/2008

Southern Utah will attempt to slow down Oral
ORU's Jarvis won't sneak up on SUU--The Spectrum
T-Birds break four-game losing streak--The University of Journal
SUU men prepare for Centenary--The University Journal

'Birds extend losing streak to four, despite freshmen efforts--The University Journal

Oakland at Western Illinois--The Detroit Free Press

Matchup: Oakland University 9-10, 4-4 Summit League; Western Illinois 9-10, 4-4.

Tip-off: 8, Western Hall, Macomb, Ill.

Radio: WDTW-AM (1310).

Overview: Junior guard Erik Kangas hit six three-pointers among his 20 points Thursday night, but that wasn't enough for the Golden Grizzlies to avoid a third straight loss, 82-69, to IUPUI. Senior guard David Jackson leads Western Illinois in scoring, averaging 13.5 points. He also averages 4.5 rebounds.

IPFW basketball coach Fife builds young program--The Indy Star
Mastodons look to end road woes against IUPUI--The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Barefoot coach gets 100,000-plus pairs of shoes donated--The Southtown Star
Barefoot IUPUI coach helps collect 100,000 pairs of shoes--The NWI Times
Coach bares soles--The Shelbyville News

UMKC leaves Municipal for Kemper, plays worst game of year in KC--The Kansas City Star

WIU vs. Oakland--The Peoria Journal Star

7 p.m., Western Hall, Macomb

u Records: Oakland 9-10, 4-4; WIU 9-10, 4-4

u Series/Last meeting: OU leads 15-4; Oakland won 74-57 on March 3, 2007.

u Radio: WJEQ-FM (102.7)

u Outlook: This is second of four straight home games for the Leathernecks. In its last four games in Macomb, WIU is 4-0 and winning by an average of almost 21 points. The winner could take sole possession of third-place in the Summit League. OU is 7-2 at Western Hall, including winning six consecutive games there, last losing in 2001.

Less is more--Western Courier

Freshman Tveidt sparks NDSU--The Dickinson Press
Woodside leads Bison past South Dakota State--The Jamestown Sun
South Dakota Native Tveidt Ignites Bison in 90-63 Rout of

Jackrabbit men crushed by NDSU--Argus Leader
Jacks fall to the Bison in first Summit League

SDSU women play up the road at North Dakota

Area women's basketball--The Shreveport Times

CENTENARY: The Ladies (3-14, 0-7 Summit League) will try to snap a five-game losing streak today against Missouri-Kansas City (8-10. 1-6), another struggling team, in Kansas City, Mo. Tip off is 4 p.m.

Centenary has dropped 16 straight games away from the Gold Dome and it has never won a Summit League (0-32) game on the road. UMKC is on a two-game losing streak.

Area men's basketball--The Shreveport Times

CENTENARY: The Gents continue their road swing today with a 7 p.m. Summit League game against Missouri-Kansas City.

Centenary (9-11, 3-5) lost to Southern Utah on Thursday in Cedar City, Utah. Missouri-Kansas City (7-14, 2-6) is tied for last in the conference.

Golden Eagles reach for records--The Tulsa World
Eagles looking to extend hot streak--The Tulsa World
Golden Eagles net seventh straight win, lead league--The Oklahoman

Hardin's struggles--The Tulsa World
TU and ORU women's basketball advances--The Tulsa World

NDSU Handles SDSU, 90-63--The Summit League