Plenty of strong Kiwi performances in college Div II play

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones (#15)

In this roundup of men’s college hoops we put the primary spotlight on those players playing at NCAA Division II universities – seven of them scored in double figures in the past week.

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones posted good numbers as Hawaii at Hilo improved to 5-1 in the PacWest Conference with a pair of wins against Hawaii Pacific. In the first game he tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds while in game two he posted his second double-double of the season adding 10 rebounds to 16 points (6/10FG).

The freshman out of St Pat’s College is averaging 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds for Hilo.

Also in the PacWest Mac Stodart top scored for Concordia Irvine in the PacWest Conference. Biola beat them 94-78 although Stodart will take satisfaction from a 16-point outing, his best score in seven games played this season.

13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists from Wilfred Dickson were not enough to secure South Dakota Mines the win against Colorado Mesa. Mines are 7-6 in conference play after losing 82-77 in double overtime.

Will Heather didn’t miss a shot (9/9FG, 1/1FT) on his way to 19 points.  His career-best effort helped Dallas Baptist beat Texas A&M Commerce 80-69 to improve to 12-2, and second on the ladder in the Lone Star Conference.

Another Rosmini College old boy Marvin Williams Dunn scored a season high 12 points (4/5 3PG) and also grabbed a couple of steals but it was insufficient to stop Ouachita Baptist falling 68-57 to Arkansas-Monticello.

11 points and 5 assists from Matt Brien was also on a losing side as Nebraska at Kearney went down 87-79 to Central Oklahoma.

Connor Flannagan was within a rebound of a double-double in West Florida’s 71-66 loss to West Georgia. The former Auckland Grammar man finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and a couple of assists.

Former Rongotai College guard Finn McClure came up with 10 points and 7 assists and pair of steals as Milligan University went down in overtime by just two-points (84-82) against Point University in the NAIA.

Meanwhile Kruz Perrott-Hunt made it four double digit contributions in a row as his 11 points (5/10FG) helped South Dakota past pre-season favourites South Dakota State 64-56. That’s 10 wins in a row for the Summit League leaders.

Despite 10 points and 7 rebounds from Yuat Alok Coppin State University went down 95-82 to Morgan State University – Coppin now 6-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Also with 10 points was James Moors as Colorado State edged Wyoming 74-72. The tally means Moors, in his freshman year, has passed 100 points for the season, with Colorado 10-3 in conference fixtures.

In Junior College Taranaki’s Nico Hill had a balanced 7 points and 7 rebounds (3 at the offensive end) to help Missouri State University–West Plains to a 93-84 win against South Arkansas Tech.

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