Saturday, January 31, 2009
Big Sky: Portland State and Montana State face off in Sunday's Altitude men's Game of the Week. PSU is 3-0 on Altitude this season. … Weber State's 76-67 win at Idaho State on Thursday, coupled with Portland State's 72-65 loss at Montana, gave the Wildcats sole possession of first place in the league. … Portland State's men had won nine straight Big Sky road games prior to Thursday's loss. … After Thursday's 72-62 victory over Montana, Portland State women's coach Sherri Murrell two home wins over Montana since taking over the Vikings in 2007. … Eastern Washington's men have lost five straight games. The Eagles haven't clinched a Big Sky tourney berth in three years.
GNAC: With five 3-pointers in Thursday's loss to Western Washington, Jake Linton of Saint Martin's became the league's career leader for 3-pointers. The senior guard now has 286 in four seasons. Linton also had his consecutive free throw streak end at 45, five short of the GNAC record. … The Alaska Anchorage women celebrated their first No. 1 ranking with a win over Western Oregon. The Seawolves (19-1, 6-0) have won 17 straight games and play in Billings on Feb. 8. … Saint Martin's Jamey Gelhar ran her consecutive free throw streak to 52. She is one shy of the NCAA Division II record and 10 short of the NCAA all-division record of 61.
Frontier: Rocky Mountain College's ninth-year head coach Bill Dreikosen said that Geoff Payne of Westminster College is "maybe the best player I've seen in this league." The 6-foot-7 senior forward, a transfer from Southern Utah University, is leading the Frontier Conference with his average of 20.7 points per game. He tallied 25 points, mostly down low, and snagged four rebounds in the top-ranked Griffins' 78-65 loss at Rocky last Saturday afternoon. "Geoff Payne is a phenomenal basketball player," said Dreikosen. Rocky will be playing at Montana State-Northern tonight and the Lights are leading the NAIA with their average of nearly 10 3-pointers per game.