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2012 CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
#5 seed at #4 seed, 7 p.m.
Semifinals: Friday, Feb. 24 at Franklin & Marshall
#1 Franklin & Marshall vs. #4-5 winner, 6 or 8 p.m.
Dickinson vs. #2-3 seed, 6 or 8 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.
Today's Schedule (2/18)
Gettysburg at McDaniel, 3:00
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Muhlenberg at Ursinus, 3:00
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Franklin & Marshall at Dickinson, 4:00
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Johns Hopkins at Washington College, 4:00
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Haverford at Swarthmore, 4:00
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CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (2/13)
Gerry Wixted, Dickinson
Freshman, Forward, Moorestown, NJ / Lawrenceville School
Ian Goldberg, Haverford
Senior, Guard, Manhattan, NY / Poly Prep
A PLAYOFF PRIMER
The top spot is already secure in the hands of Franklin & Marshall and the semifinals and final will be in Lancaster for the fourth consecutive season next Friday and Saturday. The other four teams are also booked, although their seeds are still up for grabs on Saturday. Dickinson has a first-round bye, while a Muhlenberg win at Ursinus would give the Mules the other bye. A Red Devil loss, combined with a 'Berg victory, would boost Muhlenberg into the 2-spot. A loss by the Mules opens the door for Johns Hopkins to slide into a first-round bye with a win at Washington College. A Shoremen win gives WAC a season sweep of the Blue Jays and, combined with an Ursinus win, would give Washington a first-round bye. In that scenario, Muhlenberg would host Johns Hopkins in a first-round contest in Allentown on Wednesday.
MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL RANKINGS
3-Franklin & Marshall
NCAA Top 20 Statistical Leaders (through games of 2/12)
Scoring Defense: 1. Franklin & Marshall 54.6
Scoring Margin: 1. Hampden-Sydney 20.9; 16. Franklin & Marshall 14.0
FG Percentage Defense: 1. Westfield State 36.0; 2. Franklin & Marshall 36.4; 19. Dickinson 39.0
3-Point FG Percentage Defense: 1. Johns Hopkins 26.7
Rebound Margin: 1. McMurry 14.1; 5. Franklin & Marshall 9.5
Rebounds per Game: 1. AJ Matthews, Farmingdale State, 16.0; 10. Spencer Liddic, Muhlenberg, 11.2
Double-Doubles: 1. AJ Matthews, Farmingdale State, 21; 8. Spencer Liddic, Muhlenberg, 15
The Red Devils extended their winning streak to seven with wins vs. Muhlenberg and Haverford, clinching a playoff berth. It is the first time that Dickinson has made the Centennial playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Soph Thomas McInerney (York, PA / York Suburban) is averaging 12.8 points and 5.5 rebounds over his last four games, shooting 22-of-32 from the field (68.8 percent).
Franklin & Marshall
F&M clinched the regular-season Centennial title for the sixth time since 2004 and secured homecourt for the Conference final four for the fourth year in a row. Senior Georgio Milligan (Spring Valley, NY / Don Bosco Prep, NJ) now has 1,754 points and is 42 shy of the school record set last season by James McNally '11 (1,796). Junior Hayk Gyokchyan (Beirut, Lebanon / Lawrenceville School, NJ) posted his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds vs. Swarthmore. Coach Glenn Robinson now has 826 career victories and is three away from the 10th spot on the NCAA all-time wins list.
Senior Cory Weissman (Jackson, NJ / Jackson Memorial) returned to the court for the home finale vs. Washington College, three years after suffering a stroke. He made a free throw with 16 seconds left for his first collegiate point. Coach George Petrie set the program record for career coaching victories with 322 wins (322-265, 23 seasons), surpassing the legendary Hen Bream '24 (321-205, 28 seasons).
Senior Ian Goldberg (Manhattan, NY / Poly Prep) poured in a career-high 32 points in the win vs. Ursinus. The 41-point margin of victory was the most lopsided by either team since the inception of the Centennial in 1993-94. Goldberg's previous high was 30, also recorded against the Bears in Collegeville in 2010. He is 17 points away from 1,000, while backcourt mate Cam Baker (Columbus, OH / Columbus Academy) needs 19 to reach the plateau.
The Blue Jays are back in the CC playoffs for the first time since 2008 after a win over Ursinus. Senior Tim McCarty (Warrington, PA / Germantown Academy) finished with a career-high 25 points, while soph Daniel Corbett (Louisville, KY / Trinity) had a career-best 18 points and nine boards. Hopkins' four-game win streak has been fueled by the defense which has allowed an average of 52.3 points during the stretch.
The Green Terror's skid hit five games with losses at Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg. Senior Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, PA / Lower Moreland) extended his double-figure scoring streak to seven games and 12 in his last 13 contests. Freshman Doug Macrone (Hatboro, PA / Hun School, NJ) made five three-pointers vs. the Mules – his fourth game of the season with five or more treys.
Senior Spencer Liddic (Clarks Summit, PA / Abington Heights) became the Conference's career leader in rebounds (969) and double-doubles (43). He is on pace to become the first player to lead the Centennial in scoring and rebounding in consecutive seasons. The Mules are tied for fourth position in the Conference standings and can secure a playoff berth with a win against Haverford or Ursinus. Malique Killing (Philadelphia, PA / Friends Central) has 380 points on the season – the most by a Mule freshman in eight years.
The Garnet snapped its 14-game losing streak with a home victory against Washington College. Junior Will Gates (Willseyville, NY / Candor Central) poured in 25 points vs. the Shoremen and 21 vs. F&M – the eighth and ninth times he has scored 20+ this season. Swarthmore scored a season-best 84 points on a season-high 54 percent shooting, including 68 percent in the final half, for the squad's first home win since Jan. 15, 2011.
The Bears have lost five of their last six games and need wins against Washington College and Muhlenberg and help to keep their playoff hopes alive. Ursinus is now 0-10 when shooting under 40 percent from the field. Junior Jon Ward (Allentown, PA / Parkland) is fifth in the Conference in scoring (17.2) and freshman Jermaine Kamara (Cork, Ireland / Carrigaline School) is fifth in rebounding (7.4).
Washington CollegeThe Shoremen have now dropped four straight after losses to Swarthmore and Gettysburg. Senior Kevin Breslin (Hagerstown, MD / St. Maria Goretti) tallied 31 points vs. the Garnet and is now sixth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,433 points. Washington College is guaranteed its first winning road record in a season since 1989-90 – the Shoremen's Final Four campaign.