2006-02-24 / Sports

Rockaway NCAA College Basketball Update

By Elio Velez

Iowa State’s Rahshon Clark scores over the outstretched arms of Oklahoma State’s Jameson Curry. (AP Photo/Steve Pope)Iowa State’s Rahshon Clark scores over the outstretched arms of Oklahoma State’s Jameson Curry. (AP Photo/Steve Pope) A personal shooting slump came at the wrong time for Rhashon Clark of the Iowa State Men’s basketball team. The former Beach Channel star only hit of 12 of 29 shots in his previous four games but he wasn’t the only starter to hit the doldrums of late.

As a team, Iowa State was in the midst of a four game losing streak and with a record of only 13-11, the chances of gaining an at-large NCAA Tournament bid was slipping away from them.

But a home game back at the Iowa State campus seemed to cure the ills of Clark’s slump at least for one night against Okalahoma State. Clark scored a game high 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and along with point guard Curtis Stinson’s 18 points gave Iowa State a much needed 68-52 win last Wednesday.

The Cyclones were more aggressive on the defensive end and outrebounded an opponent for only the third time this season. Clark, a sophmore, has done his share this season to help the team by averaging 13 points per game and a team high 5.7 boards a game.

The problem for the Cyclones is that it may be a case of too little too late for an NCAA bid. With a Big 12 conference record below .500 at 5-8, the Cyclones would need to win their last three regular season games and win 2 to 3 games in the conference tournament to make NCAA voters give Iowa State serious consideration. They are at least assured of an NIT bid.

Katreem Palmer

In six of the last right regular season games for Delaware State, the sophomore has assured herself of playing time by leading the team in points and/or rebounds. The former Beach Channel Lady Dolphin has surged into the starting lineup as her team finished the year at 16-8 and second place in the MEAC conference behind Coppin State.

Delaware State will play in the MEAC Conference Tournament starting on March 6 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Elijah Muldrow

Though the Far Rockaway born Muldrow has achieved personal highs by starting all 25 games and averaging 11 points per game, his Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans are only game afloat of .500 as the regular season winds down. The Trojans are 13-12 in the Sun-Belt Conference and start tournament play on March 3.

Carl Benn

Only two points in the first half of his final regular season game against was a bit disappointing for the senior point guard from U-Mass Lowell. But the second half was a 180 degree turnaround as he poured in 12 points to help U-Mass win a tight 69-66 battle against Franklin Pierce last Tuesday.

The win assures U-Mass of playoff bye in the first round of the NE-10 Tournament. The River Hawks ended the regular season with a 19-8 overall record, 15-7 in the NE-10 and clinched the No. 3 seed in the NE-10 Tournament. They will play their second round game on Monday.

Ray Corrigan

The fifth year senior has recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament and started in his final home game for Amherst College on February 11. The co-captain scored five points and dished three assists in a 99-70 thumping of Tufts University.

The co-captain, who was redshirted last season, has led the Jeffs to a 14-2 record and the top seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament. On Saturday, they will play in the semifinals against #4 seed Bates at 2 p.m. If they win the tournament, Amherst will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Arthur Robertson

The sophomore forward from Post University continues to display a solid all-around season. Post has a losing record of 11-15 but it’s an improvement over the disastrous 6-21 record complied in the 2004-2005 season.

Robertson is averaging 12 points per game and is second in rebounding. They’ll visit New Jersey Tech and still have a chance to clinch a home game in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Division II Tournament with a victory and a Nyack College loss to Bloomfield.

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