By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
THE weekend featured milestones, career highs and several teams that got back into the win column for Bahamians in NCAA Division I basketball.
The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks recover from a pair of buzzer-beating losses on the road last week, but the headline of the 99-95 win over the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns was the celebration of Travis Munnings as one of the top scorers and rebounders in school history.
Munnings finished with 11 points and eight rebounds in the game but became just the fourth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and 800 rebounds. He joined Calvin Natt, Henry Steele and Bill Snellings in the Warhawks’ exclusive club.
“I appreciated his effort today,” Warhawks head coach Keith Richard said. “He’s having a really good career and will finish with a lot of statistical numbers when his career is over with.” Earlier this month, Munnings made a career-high eight three-pointers en route to his career-high 32 points in a win over Coppin State.
The senior forward is averaging 13 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a preseason All-Conference selection. As a junior, he averaged 15.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
The Stony Brook Seawolves remain undefeated in America East conference play and rallied from a second-half double-digit deficit for the third time this season.
Jaron Cornish dished a career 10 assists, a season-high eight rebounds and six points in the Seawolves’ 64-61 win over the Maine Black Bears. They improved to 16-3 overall, 4-0 in conference play.
After just 17 points in the first half, the comeback featured 47 second-half points on 50 per cent shooting from three. “We just wanted to improve our effort in the second half. Maine was dictating play on both ends and we were able to come back,” Stony Brook head coach Jeff Boals said.
“Give our guys a lot of credit. We picked up our ball pressure in the second half and I think that was the difference. To start the game, we shot a lot of threes. In the second half, we did a much better job of moving without the basketball and getting to the middle of their zone.”
Cornish’s 10 assists best his previous career high when he dished out nine against Shawnee State. He had eight dimes earlier this season at South Carolina. The senior guard is averaging 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and a team-leading 3.7 assists in just over 29 minutes per game.
Radshad Davis and the Texas-Arlington Mavericks are in the midst of a four-game winning streak. Davis finished with nine points and three rebounds off the bench in his team’s 82-73 win over the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans.
Davis made just one field goal but was 7-8 from the free throw line.
“Shots were falling. We got some layups. The last two games, we’ve gotten layups, which helps. We finished a couple of open-court plays. When you get easy baskets, your field-goal percentage goes up and then it takes the pressure off your jump shots. So that’s the biggest thing,” Mavs head coach Chris Ogden said.
The junior guard has averaged nine points per game over the course of the win streak.
Charles Bain and the Robert Morris Colonials took sole possession of first place in the Northeast Conference with a 79-65 win over the Bryant Bulldogs.
Bain finished with seven points and three rebounds as the team got back to .500 overall at 9-9. In his sophomore season, Bain is averaging 10.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and shooting 38 per cent from three.
Nathan Bain and the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks ended a three-game losing streak in the Southland conference with a 74-71 win over Incarnate Word. Bain finished with three points and four rebounds.