Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Gerry Wixted, Dickinson
Junior, Forward, 6-8
Moorestown, N.J. / Camden Catholic HS
Wixted averaged 22.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 62.1 percent from the floor in a pair of Red Devil victories. He posted his fourth straight double-double with 22 points and 11 caroms in a 75-65 come-from-behind win over Johns Hopkins. Wixted knocked down 10-of-12 shots from the floor for 22 points to go along with nine boards in the 77-72 win at Haverford.
Previous Players of the Week
Nov 18: Brett Cohen, Haverford, Sr., F
Nov 25: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Dec 2: Karl Barkley, Swarthmore, Jr., G
Dec 9: Connor Poston, Gettysburg, Sr., F; Malique Killing, Muhlenberg, Jr., G
Dec 16: Andrew Merlo, McDaniel, Jr., G: Austin Curry, Muhlenberg, Sr., G
Dec 23: Cody Kieffer, Gettysburg, Fr., F
Jan 6: Brett Cohen, Haverford, Sr., F
Jan 13: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Jan 20: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Dickinson improved to 8-0 with wins over Johns Hopkins and Haverford. The Red Devils are just the eighth team in Centennial history to start the season with eight straight Conference wins and first since 2008. Five of the previous seven teams to start the CC season at 8-0 went onto capture the Centennial championship.
Won First Eight CC Games
2008, Ursinus (18-0) *
2004, Franklin & Marshall (12-0, L 104-92 at Ursinus) *
2003, Ursinus (13-0) *
1999, Franklin & Marshall (9-0, L 96-90, OT vs Muhlenberg)
1996, Franklin & Marshall (9-0, L 66-49 at Muhlenberg) *
1995, Franklin & Marshall (13-0)
1994, Franklin & Marshall (13-0) *
* won Centennial title
Dickinson junior F Gerry Wixted (Moorestown, N.J.) broke the school record with his 104th career blocked shot in the win at Haverford. He scored 22 points and grabbed nine boards to go along with his three swats.
McDaniel ended Franklin & Marshall's eight-game win streak with a 67-56 triumph in Lancaster. It is the Green Terror's first win at the Mayser Center since 2007 and just second since 1984. Junior G Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del.) reached double figures for the fifth straight game, leading the way with 18 points. Sophomore G Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md.) added career bests of 13 points and nine boards off the bench. The Terror looks for a program first when it travels to Gettysburg on Wednesday. McDaniel has never won at F&M and Gettysburg in the same season since the Centennial's inception in 1993-94.
Johns Hopkins snapped a six-game losing streak at Helfferich Hall, holding on to defeat Ursinus, 67-66. Senior F Connor McIntyre (Newtown, Pa.) and junior F George Bugarinovic (Overland Park, Kan.) each blocked Bear field goal attempts in the final four seconds to secure the Jays' first win in Collegeville since Jan. 11, 2007. McIntyre had two blocks in the contest and became the sixth Hopkins player to reach 100 for his career. JHU finished with 12 three-pointers in the game, two shy of the school single-game record.
Muhlenberg senior F James Albano (Ridgewood, N.J.) had a perfect shooting afternoon in leading the Mules past Washington College, 76-62. He made all five of his floor attempts and all five from the line to finish with a career-high 17 points.
Junior G John Weston (Tampa, Fla.) scored a career-high 22 points and senior F Tony Hawkins (Mt. Ephraim, N.J.) scored 19 points and brought down a career-best 13 rebounds as Washington College defeated Ursinus, 87-70. The 17-point final margin of victory was the Shoremen's largest over the Bears since a 97-77 win on February 14, 1998.
Ursinus is 0-8 in the Conference for the first time after losses to Washington College and Johns Hopkins.