Category Archives: NAIA

Asa Cantwell transfers to Division II Cal State San Marcos

Guard Asa Cantwell (3) is transferring to Cal State San Marcos, it was announced on Saturday.

SAN MARCOS, Ca. — With each passing year, the number of players who transfer schools is staggering.

The current tally for the 2017 transfer list sits at 721, according to Verbal Commits. That number is down slightly from the total of 809 transfers in 2016, but there’s still time for that number to grow and push the 800-mark.

Not all of those players are transferring to other Division I schools. Rather, many are taking alternative routes, with the hopes of returning to the Division I level before their collegiate careers are done.

For reasons that we never will know for certain, players go down a level with the hopes of proving their talents to Division I schools. Some are looking for more minutes, while some are simply looking for a better fit.

One of the biggest players on the transfer market in recent years has been the Cal State San Marcos Cougars, who will play at the Division II level as full members for the first time in 2017-18. Last year alone, they added five players with Division I experience to their roster.

This off-season, they have added a couple more, including a strong addition to the back court on Saturday.

Guard Asa Cantwell, who played two seasons with the Houston Baptist Huskies, announced he was transferring to the Cougars. Continue reading Asa Cantwell transfers to Division II Cal State San Marcos

RECAP: Weisbrod, Nzeakor Lead Lamar to 90-63 Win over Huston-Tillotson

Josh Nzeakor (11) scored 17 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in Lamar's 91-63 win over Huston-Tillotson on Thursday night. (Header Photo: Beaumont Enterprise)
Josh Nzeakor (11) scored 17 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in Lamar’s 90-63 win over Huston-Tillotson on Thursday night. (Header Photo: Beaumont Enterprise)

Before the Christmas break, the Lamar Cardinals got back to their winning ways, scoring two straight victories before the holidays.

In their first game back, they picked up right where they left off.

Lamar welcomed the NAIA Huston-Tillotson Rams to Beaumont, TX in the non-conference finale for the Cardinals. The two programs last met back in the 2014-15 season, with Lamar scoring the 85=59 win to close out non-conference play that year.

History would repeat itself on Thursday night, as Lamar never trailed against the Rams. Josh Nzeakor got the party started with a layup in the first minute to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, and they would remain in control through to the final buzzer.

Nzeakor and fellow forward Colton Weisbrod combined for 36 points and 16 rebounds, while shooting a combined 16-for-20 (80.0%) from the field in Lamar’s 90-63 win over Huston-Tillotson. Continue reading RECAP: Weisbrod, Nzeakor Lead Lamar to 90-63 Win over Huston-Tillotson

Thursday Headlines: Auburn Ties SEC Record for Threes in a Game, Another Division I Team Falls to NAIA Opponent, and More

Danjel Purifoy (3) scored a game-high 27 points, and hit five of Auburn's 21 three pointers on Thursday night, and the Tigers' cruised to the 45-point win over Coastal Carolina. (Source: Auburn Athletics)
Danjel Purifoy (3) scored a game-high 27 points, and hit five of Auburn’s 21 three pointers on Thursday night, and the Tigers’ cruised to the 45-point win over Coastal Carolina. (Source: Auburn Athletics)

Thursday was a busy day in the college basketball world, and a sad one for the basketball world, in general.

The legendary Craig Sager passed away at the age of 65, after a lengthy battle with Leukemia. Fans around the world looked back on their fondest memories of Mr. Sager to pay their respects, as the sporting world lost yet another icon in 2016.

Rest in the sweetest peace, Craig Sager.

On Thursday, the college basketball world offered up some top-notch action, even though there were only a handful of games on the slate. No ranked teams were in action on the night, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any big time performances to talk about.

The Auburn Tigers tied an SEC record for three pointers in a game, en route to a 45-point win, while yet another NAIA team knocked off a Division I opponent in 2016-17.

We’ve got that, and more, in Thursday’s Headlines. Continue reading Thursday Headlines: Auburn Ties SEC Record for Threes in a Game, Another Division I Team Falls to NAIA Opponent, and More

RECAP: Drick Bernstine Records Triple-Double in North Dakota’s 101-63 Win over Presentation College

Drick Bernstine (10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) records the second triple-double in school history as North Dakota scores the 101-63 win over Presentation College. (Header Photo: North Dakota Athletics)
Drick Bernstine (10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) recorded the second triple-double in school history as North Dakota scores the 101-63 win over Presentation College. (Header Photo: North Dakota Athletics)

Through their first two games of the season, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks have been piling up the points. They put up 98 points in the season opener, and followed that up with a 94-point effort last time out.

On Sunday, the Fighting Hawks were looking to win their third straight game to open the season, something they haven’t done since the 2002-2003 season. Sunday’s game against the Presentation College Saints (NAIA) marked the third of three straight home games to start the year.

In the opening minutes, the Saints hung around with North Dakota, and they held a 17-15 lead with 11:01 to play in the first half. Elijah Valdez came out of the gate firing for Presentation College, scoring 10 points in the opening eight-plus minutes to pace the Saints.

Then, North Dakota started to take over.

Sophomore guard Geno Crandall recorded 15 of his game-high 17 points in the opening half, as North Dakota was able to break things open in the final ten minutes. The Fighting Hawks took a 53-34 lead into halftime, and it was smooth sailing from there.

North Dakota extended their winning streak to three games, completing a perfect homestand to start the year with a 101-63 win over the Presentation College Saints. Continue reading RECAP: Drick Bernstine Records Triple-Double in North Dakota’s 101-63 Win over Presentation College

RECAP: Flanigan Wins Debut as Little Rock Trojans Roll Over NAIA Central Baptist College

Kemy Osse scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field to help lead Little Rock past Central Baptist College, 97-65. (Source: Getty Images)
Kemy Osse scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field to help lead Little Rock past Central Baptist College, 97-65. (Source: Getty Images)

Wes Flanigan began his head-coaching career in the win column as his Little Rock Trojans trounced Central Baptist College, an NAIA team from nearby Conway, 97-65 on Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans, who also blew out another local program, the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils, by nearly thirty points in an exhibition game last Tuesday, effectively spread the wealth against the Mustangs as 12 Little Rock players made a mark in the score book and 45 of the team’s 97 points originated from the bench. Continue reading RECAP: Flanigan Wins Debut as Little Rock Trojans Roll Over NAIA Central Baptist College

Northwestern State Falls to 0-2 With Home Loss to NAIA’s LSU-Alexandria

Jalan West missed Monday night's game due to injury, and his team missed having him on the floor as the Northwestern State Demons fell to 0-2 with a 99 - 97 loss to LSU-Alexandria, an NAIA team.
Jalan West missed Monday night’s game due to injury, and his team missed having him on the floor as the Northwestern State Demons fell to 0-2 with a 99 – 97 loss to LSU-Alexandria, an NAIA team.

The Northwestern State Demons are home to the top scoring guard duo in the NCAA, in Jalan West and Zeek Woodley. Combined, the two averaged over 42 points per game a season ago.

On Monday night, Jalan West was on the sidelines, recovering from an injury sustained in the Demons’ season opener against Ole Miss. They were taking on LSU-Alexandria, a team from the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) in the NAIA, so on paper it was a good game to sit out and recover.

The Generals took advantage of West’s absence, and brought their A-game in the process.

Zeek Woodley poured in a game-high 39 points, and did his best to keep his team in the game, but LSU-Alexandria used a balanced scoring attack to send the Demons to an 0 – 2 start with the 99 – 97 upset victory. Continue reading Northwestern State Falls to 0-2 With Home Loss to NAIA’s LSU-Alexandria