NCAC Weekly Release (2-10-14) - Men's Basketball

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No. 11 Wooster (12-2, 18-3) has taken over sole possession of the top spot in the North Coast men’s basketball standings following a pair of wins last week against Kenyon (7-7, 10-11), 86-56, and Denison (6-8, 10-11), 78.73. No. 13 Ohio Wesleyan (11-3, 17-4) and No. 22 Wittenberg (11-3, 17-4) are tied for second, while DePauw (10-4, 15-6) sits alone in fourth. League play continues this week with two marquee matchups on the slate as Wittenberg will host DePauw on Wednesday and Wooster will entertain Wittenberg on Saturday.

ALLEGHENY picked up its first NCAC win of the season on Friday with a 69-66 victory over DePauw, but dropped a 72-56 decision against Wabash on Saturday. Senior guard Ryan Stanko (Allison Park, PA/Deer Lakes), who became the 26th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points, led the Gators in the win over DPU by scoring 23 points in just 21 minutes of action, including nailing the eventual game-winner with 32 second left. He shot 7-of-12 from the field, 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the win.

DENISON split a pair of games last week, defeating Oberlin, 81-75, on Wednesday before falling to No. 11 Wooster, 78-73, on Saturday. Freshman guard David Meurer (Granville, OH/Newark Catholic) scored a career-high 25 points in the win over Oberlin, while senior forward Alex Longi (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) became the 20th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points after finishing the week with 37 total points.

DEPAUW dropped consecutive league games for the first time this season with a 69-66 setback against Allegheny on Friday, but the Tigers did rebound with an 84-71 triumph over Hiram on Saturday. After compiling four blocked shots on the week, junior center Tommy Fernitz (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) ranks fourth on the school’s all-time list with 75.

HIRAM dropped a pair of games over the weekend in Indiana against Wabash, 70-68, and DePauw, 84-71. Senior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls), who scored a game-high 27 against DePauw, finished the week with 44 points (22.0 ppg) after shooting 56 percent (15-of-27) from the field, 46 percent (6-of-13) from three-point range and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line.

KENYON was topped by a pair of nationally-ranked teams last week, first falling to No. 11 Wooster, 86-56, before suffering a heartbreaking 68-65 loss against No. 13 Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. Senior Ikenna Nwadibia (San Francisco, CA/Stuart Hall), who finished the week with 20 points (10.0 ppg) and 20 rebounds (10.0 rpg), nearly registered a triple-double against OWU as he posted 10 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

OBERLIN fell twice at home last week against Denison, 81-75, and No. 22 Wittenberg, 70-63. Senior Geoff Simpson (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury) tallied 28 points and five assists against Denison, while sophomore center Randy Ollie (Evanston, IL/Evanston) shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor against Wittenberg en route to a 19-point, 10-assist performance.

OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 13th in the most recent Top 25, opened play last week with a 66-55 setback against No. 22 Wittenberg, but the Bishops bounced back on Saturday with a 68-65 win over Kenyon. In the win over the Lords, junior wing Nick Felhaber (Holland, OH/Toledo St. John’s) sank the game-winning three-pointer with just six seconds remaining in regulation. Senior post Reuel Rogers (Columbus, OH/Bexley) paced OWU on the week with 20 rebounds (10.0 rpg) and 36 points (18.0 ppg) after shooting 71 percent (15-of-21) from the field and 57 percent (4-of-7) from three-point range.

WABASH completed a season and weekend sweep of Hiram and Allegheny by topping the Terriers, 70-68, on Friday and defeating the Gators, 72-56, on Saturday. In his first career start, sophomore guard Austin Burton (Crawfordsville, IN/Southmont) scored eight points against Hiram, before tallying a career-high 19 points in the win over Allegheny. On the week, Burton scored 27 points (13.5 ppg) after shooting 47 percent from the field (9-of-19), 40 percent (2-of-5) from beyond the arc and 58 percent (7-of-12) from the free throw line.

WITTENBERG, ranked 22nd in the most recent Top 25, won a pair of NCAC road contests last week, topping No. 13 Ohio Wesleyan, 66-55, on Wednesday, before defeating Oberlin, 70-63, on Saturday. Senior guard Zack Leahy (Rossford, OH/Rossford) poured in a career-high 27 points against OWU after nailing 11-of-14 shots from the field and 5-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc. He followed that performance up with a team-best 16-point effort against Oberlin. On the week, Leahy scored 43 points (21.5 ppg), pulled down nine rebounds (4.5 rpg) and dished out five assists (2.5 apg), while also shooting 63 percent (15-of-24) from the field, 58 percent (7-of-12) from beyond the arc and 43 percent (6-of-14) from the free throw line.

WOOSTER, ranked 11th in the most recent Top 25, regained sole possession of first-place in the NCAC standings after picking up a pair of wins last week against Kenyon, 86-56, and Denison, 78-73. Senior guard Doug Thorpe (Columbus, OH/Eastmoor Acad.) scored eight of his team-high 20 points during a game-closing 10-5 run that allowed the Fighting Scots to escape Granville with a five-point victory. He also tallied 15 points on just 10 shots (6-of-10 field goals and 3-of-5 three-pointers) in the victory over KC on Wednesday.