Muhlenberg's Malique Killing Repeats as Player of the Week

Centennial Conference
Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Malique Killing, Muhlenberg
Junior, Guard, 5-9
Philadelphia, Pa. / Friends' Central HS

Killing earns the weekly honor for the third time this season after averaging 31.0 points per game and shooting 64.7 percent from the floor in a pair of wins over first-place teams. He scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half of a 75-72 win at Dickinson, becoming the first player in team history to record three straight 30-point games, and added 27 points in a 68-54 defeat of McDaniel. Killing was a perfect 13-for-13 from the line, dished out seven assists and broke the CC record for points scored in the freshman, sophomore and junior seasons (1,428).

 

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 Kiefer, Gettysburg, Fr., F
Jan 6: Brett Cohen, Haverford, Sr., F
Jan 13: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Jan 20: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Jan 27: Malique Killing, Muhlenberg, Jr., G
feb 3: Malique Killing, Muhlenberg, Jr., G

 

Notebook

Muhlenberg junior G Malique Killing (Philadelphia, Pa.) became first player in program history to post three straight 30-point games, tallying 35 in a win at Dickinson. He joins Dennis Stanton (Ursinus '04) as the only Centennial players to score 30 or more points in three consecutive contests. Killing's streak was "stopped" against McDaniel, as he registered 27 points in a victory vs. the Green Terror.

Dennis Stanton, Ursinus
31 vs. Eastern, 11-25-03; 37 vs. Lebanon Valley, 11-30-03; 34 at Swarthmore, 12-7-03
33 vs. Haverford, 1-7-04; 37 at Franklin & Marshall, 1-10-04; 33 vs. Dickinson, 1-13-04
55 vs. F&M, 2-7-04; 38 vs. Gettysburg, 2-11-04; 36 at Dickinson, 2-14-04; 45 at Muhlenberg, 2-18-04

Malique Killing, Muhlenberg
38 vs. Ursinus, 1-22-14; 33 at Johns Hopkins, 1-25-14; 35 at Dickinson, 1-28-14

Killing now has 1,428 points in his three seasons in Allentown - a Conference record for points accumulated in the freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

1,428 - Malique Killing, Muhlenberg, 2012-14
1,426 - Andrew Powers, Gettysburg, 2008-10
1,418 - James McNally, Franklin & Marshall, 2008-10
1,390 - Rich Barrett, Ursinus, 1998-2000
1,346 - Georgio Milligan, Franklin & Marshall, 2009-11

Gettysburg freshman Cody Kiefer (Gettysburg, Pa.) poured in a career-high 27 points, including six three-pointers, in the win at Ursinus. It was the most points scored by a Bullet freshman since Andrew Powers '11 scored 32 vs. Salem State in the 2008 NCAA tournament. He averaged 22.0 points in a 2-0 week, shooting 53.8 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from beyond the arc. Kieffer and fellow frosh Tanner Kirkpatrick (Carlisle, Pa.) are both averaging double figures in scoring at 11.8 and 10.9 ppg., respectively.

The Bullets played Franklin & Marshall without head coach George Petrie due to illness.  However, assistants Chris Nevolo (Gettysburg '09) and Kevin Rickrode guided Gettysburg to its first win over the Diplomats since the 2009 Centennial final, 54-38. Ironically, Nevolo was the starting point guard in that game.

Haverford senior Brett Cohen (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) is just 12 rebounds shy of becoming the fifth Ford player with 700 career caroms. He would be the third player in program history with 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in a career, joining Dave Stubbs '77 and Mike Racke '81.

Johns Hopkins juniors George Bugarinovic (Overland Park, Kan.) and Jimmy Hammer (Collegeville, Pa.) have been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. This marks the third time since 2007 that JHU has had two players selected and brings the program's total selections to 14. Bugarinovic, a public health major with a minor in entrepreneurship and management, boasts a 3.77 cumulative GPA. Hammer majors in economics with a minor in entrepreneurship and management and boasts a 3.50 cumulative GPA.

McDaniel moved into a tie for first place in the Conference with a 61-57 win over Johns Hopkins last Wednesday. It was the first time that the Green Terror has been atop the Centennial standings this late in the regular season since Jan. 21, 2009. The Green and Gold's stay in first was short-lived, as Muhlenberg toppled the Terror, 68-54, last Saturday.

It was not "Senior Night" at Ursinus but you couldn't tell from the performances as the Bears ended their seven-game losing streak with an 87-78 win over Haverford. Pat Vasturia (Medford, N.J.) led the way with 20 points, while classmate Jesse Krasna (Fairless Hills, Pa.) added 17 for UC.

Washington College shot just 33.3 percent from two-point range vs. Swarthmore, but drained 10-of-19 threes on its way to a 73-68 triumph. Sophomore Pat Morgan (Havertown, Pa.) had 19 points and knocked down five triples. Junior Sean Brooks (North Wales, Pa.) poured in a career-high 25 points and handed out five assists in a losing cause as the Shoremen fell to Dickinson, 79-69.

Swarthmore's Chris Bourne (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) leads all Conference freshmen in scoring (12.8) and rebounding (5.8). He would be just the second Garnet player to lead the Centennial in both categories as a rookie, joining Will Gates '13 who posted 16.1 and 7.3 numbers in 2010.

Double-Double Leaders

7 - Gerry Wixted, Dickinson
7 - Brett Cohen, Haverford
7 - Kevin Hargrove, Muhlenberg
5 - Cedric Moune, Franklin & Marshall
4 - Jon Salandra, Franklin & Marshall
4 - George Bugarinovic, Johns Hopkins
3 - Cody Kiefer, Gettysburg
3 - Joe Keedy, Swarthmore
2 - Chris Bourne, Swarthmore
2 - Sean Flanigan, Washington College
2 - Tony Hawkins, Washington College

Career Double-Doubles

22 - Gerry Wixted, Dickinson
19 - Brett Cohen, Haverford
19 - Kevin Hargrove, Muhlenberg
13 - George Bugarinovic, Johns Hopkins
12 - Jon Salandra, Franklin & Marshall

Double-Figure Scoring Streaks

22 - Malique Killing, Muhlenberg (19 games this season, 3 in 2012-13)
3 - Adam Honig, Dickinson
3 - Cody Kiefer, Gettysburg
3 - Jimmy Hammer, Johns Hopkins

Active Division III Career Points Per Game Leaders

34.1 - Jack Taylor, Grinnell
20.4 - Ryan Sheehan, Nichols
19.7 - Joshua Ford, Mitchell
19.5 - Malique Killing, Muhlenberg
19.2 - Darius Watson, Albertus Magnus

Centennial Career Blocked Shots

330 - Steve Juskin, Franklin & Marshall, 2001-04
306 - Joe Spirenburg, Gettysburg, 2006-09
224 - Kevin Hargrove, Muhlenberg

Active Division III Career Blocked Shots

341 - Pat Coyle, Brockport
224 - Reuel Rogers, Ohio Wesleyan
224 - Kevin Hargrove, Muhlenberg