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Above the Rim Report: ASC Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
December 9, 2002


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National Polls Top 25
Week #1 (December 3)

Rank Team Pts.
1. Washington Univ. (19) 610
2. Rochester (2) 573
3. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 538
4. Catholic 531
5. Randolph-Macon 510
6. Hampden-Sydney 475
7. Capital (3) 463
8. Carthage 426
9. Hope College 423
10. Williams (1) 410
11. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 389
12. Amherst 308
13. St. Thomas 271
14. Illinois Wesleyan 244
15. Elizabethtown 212
16. Hanover 153
17. Wartburg 151
18. Wisconsin-Whitewater 139
19. Wittenberg 133
20. Wooster 129
21. Gustavus Adolphus 118
22. Christopher Newport 98
23. Otterbein 86
24. Buena Vista 81
25. Savannah Art & Design 76
ASC Receiving Votes: Mississippi College (49)

ASC vs. Poll

Week Poll No. ASC Team Rank
Nov. Pre Mississippi College RV
Dec. 3 1 Mississippi College RV

Above the Rim Report . . .

Pre-Holiday Hoops: As semester exams finish-up, the American Southwest Conference men's basketball schedule heats up. Concordia-Austin, UT Dallas and Louisiana College each have non-conference games early in the week. Three ASC West Division games are slated for Saturday (Dec. 14), completing the first round of travel partner games in the division as well as the first week of conference play. . . . ASC teams will complete the pre-Christmas schedule on December 21 with several teams resuming play on December 28.

Coaching Milestone: Charlie Patillo recorded his 100th win as Howard Payne head coach with a 90-73 win vs. Louisiana College on December 7. Patillo will look to record his 500th career victory when the Yellow Jackets host Sul Ross State in their ASC West Division opener on Saturday (Dec. 14).

One Unbeaten: Sul Ross State (4-0) is the lone undefeated men's team in ASC basketball. The Lobos knocked-off previously unbeaten Louisiana College, 87-66 (Dec. 5), and Top 25 honorable mention Mississippi College, 75-67 (Dec. 7), in home games last weekend. SRSU takes its perfect season mark on the road for a Saturday ASC West Division opening showdown with Howard Payne (Dec. 14).

West Begins League Play: McMurry upended Hardin-Simmons 100-89 last Saturday (Dec. 7) to open the ASC West Division schedule. The other six West teams play their first conference games on Saturday (Dec. 14). . . . The first ASC East Division games won't be played until January 16.

Happy Hundreds: The first three weeks of the 2002-03 season has seen ASC teams score 100 or more points nine times, including McMurry's 100-89 win at Hardin-Simmons last Saturday (Dec. 7). East Texas Baptist leads the 100-scoring list with four games, followed by Louisiana College with three games. McMurry and Sul Ross State have each reached the 100-point plateau once. ETBU scored a conference high 120 points against Wiley College on November 26. . . . The 15 ASC teams combined are averaging 78.2 points a game through the first three weeks of the season.

East vs. West, Round 2: The ASC East and West Divisions split last weekend's 12 cross-division games (Dec. 5-7), with the East maintaining a 16-10 lead in the season's conference division battle. The ASC East Division finished the first weekend of cross-divisional games winning 10 of the 14 games, with the two 6-6 in the second weekend series. . . . Games played against ASC cross-division opponents do not count in league standings for 2002-03.

The Numbers: Complete ASC conference statistics packages are available on this Web site. The NCAA Division III national statistics rankings will be posted beginning the week of January 7 at under the statistics tab.

Slam Dunks . . .

Austin College: Guard Rodrick Kennedy connected on 19-of-22 free throws over two games last week, moving his season free throw percentage to .800. Kennedy is one of three Kangaroo starters shooting better than 80 percent from the line. . . . J.P. Johnson averaged 22 points over Austin College's weekend road split, scoring 19 points in the 81-70 win at Concordia-Austin (Dec. 5) and a career-high 25 points in the 77-73 loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor (Dec. 7). . . . The Kangaroos are off until January 2 when they host Howard Payne.

Concordia-Austin: The Tornados play at NCAA-II St. Edward's on Monday (Dec. 9) before opening ASC West play hosting Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday (Dec. 14). . . . CUA has a foursome of double-digit scorers led by Jeffrey Allen's 12.4-point average.

East Texas Baptist: Senior forward Justin Booth scored a career-high 31 points in the Tigers' 106-91 win at Schreiner (Dec. 5) to push his season scoring average to 15.4 ppg. . . . East Texas Baptist completed a hectic season-opening schedule, playing their fifth game in eight days last Saturday at Texas Lutheran (Dec. 7). The Tigers are off until January 2 when they host Hardin-Simmons.

Hardin-Simmons: First-year guard Weston Ryon nailed five three-point field goals in his first HSU career home game, finishing his debut with 19 points against McMurry (Dec. 7). . . . Jordan Clower came off the bench to record his first double-double of the season vs. McMurry. . . . The Cowboys play at NCAA-Division I Southwest Texas on Saturday (Dec. 14) looking to post their first win against a D-I team since dropping from the Div. I at the end of the 1989-90 season. HSU is 0-15 vs. NCAA-I over the last 12 years.

Howard Payne: Junior guard Benny West scored a season-high 33 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 90-73 win over Louisiana College (Dec. 7). West's 33 points and 14 field goals are game-bests in the ASC. . . . Justin Foster (17 pts.) and Corey Henry (14 points) led Howard Payne scorers in the 85-70 win over previously unbeaten and Top 25 honorable mention Mississippi College (Dec. 5).

LeTourneau: The YellowJackets evened their season at 2-2 after back-to-back wins at Texas Lutheran (77-72, Dec. 5) and Schreiner (92-69, Dec. 7). . . . Anthony Craig tops a trio of double-digit scorers with a 16.2-point average. . . . Reese Lantrip is LU's top rebounder at 6.2 a game.

Louisiana College: The Wildcats continue to be one of the conference's hot-scoring teams, averaging 93.3 points through six games. Four players head into Wednesday's (Dec. 11) tilt at NCAA-Division I Louisiana-Lafayette averaging better than 10 points a game with guard Ryan Vines topping the chart at 18.8 ppg. . . . Casey Meador is averaging just under four assists a game with the team carrying a 19.5 per game average.

McMurry: Coach Ron Holmes may still be looking for the right combination of players, but he has plenty to choose from as 15 different McMurry players have reached the scorebook with 12 of those playing in all four games. The balanced Indian squad has had a different player lead the team in scoring every game this season with three--Kendrick Ellis, Mario Mungia and Michael Qualls--each averaging 10 points a game. . . . Defending ASC West champion McMurry upended cross-town and divisional rival Hardin-Simmons 100-89 in the conference-opener last Saturday (Dec. 7).

Mississippi College: The Choctaws are ranked just out of the Top 25, listed at No. 30 with 49 points in the December 3 poll. . . . Mississippi College puts its perfect 4-0 home record on the line when it welcomes Stillman College to A.E. Wood Coliseum on Saturday (Dec. 14) for a non-conference game. MC dropped back-to-back road games at Howard Payne and Sul Ross State (Dec. 5/7) to go to 4-2 for the year.

Mary Hardin-Baylor: Forward Justin Hejl scored a career-high 23 points in the Crusaders' 77-73 win against Austin College (Dec. 7). Two days earlier, the junior recorded his third double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the three-point, 91-88, loss to Ozarks (Dec. 5). . . . The Crusaders combined to shoot 52 percent (26-of-50) from the field in the win vs. Austin College, its third straight .500-plus field goal shooting game. For the season, UMHB is shooting 45.4 percent from the floor.

Ozarks: Guard Mandrell Howell has scored in double-figures in all seven of the Eagles' season games, including a 25-point game at Concordia-Austin (Dec. 5) and a 21-point performance at Mary Hardin-Baylor (Dec. 7). Howell lead Ozarks with a 20.0 scoring average. Teammate Michael Bollman is right behind with a 19.7-point average. . . . Ozarks is riding a four-game win streak, including three victories against ASC West Division opponents.

Schreiner: Tim Onkst leads the Mountaineers with a red-hot .667 field goal percentage (22-of-33), averaging 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds. . . . Brian Stickel leads both scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg). . . . Schreiner looks to halt its season-opening five-game losing skid when it opens ASC West play at Texas Lutheran on Saturday (Dec. 14).

Sul Ross State: Sophomore post Rockland Owens, who led the ASC in blocks last season, collected a conference-high seven blocked shots in the Lobos' 75-67 win vs. Mississippi College (Dec. 7). Owens finished the weekend Louisiana-Mississippi College set with 15 rebounds, nine blocks and 15 points. . . . The Lobos are the lone undefeated ASC men's basketball team with a 4-0 record.

UT Dallas: The Comets, who have been idle since a December 1 home loss to Sul Ross State, resume play Tuesday (Dec. 10) at Trinity. UTD will make the ASC swing through Abilene with games at Hardin-Simmons (Dec. 16) and McMurry (Dec. 17) early next week.

Texas Lutheran: Freshman Will Hudson scored a career-high 28 points against LeTourneau on Thursday (Dec. 5), then came back with 26 points against East Texas Baptist on Saturday (Dec. 7) to make his collegiate home debut a memorable one. The wing player leads TLU scorers at 17.8 ppg. . . . The Bulldogs used a season-best shooting performance to snap a four-game losing streak with the 97-81 win against ETBU. TLU hit 50.7 percent from the floor and 52 percent from three-point range. Tommy Stolhandske paced the win with a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds.

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