Sam Waardenburg connected with 4-of-7 from beyond the arc as Miami beat Clemson 80-75 to open Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The former Junior Tall Black finished with a career best 18 points with Miami Coach Jim Larranaga full of praise for his Grad Senior.
“I think Sam Waardenburg’s performance going 6-of-10 from the field with 18 points, 3 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal and 2 blocks is one of the best front court performances we have had in quite a while.”
Tobias Cameron also had a career night as Abilene Christian thumped Incarnate Word 98-65. Cameron made all five of his 3-point shots to finish with a career best 17 points.
Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored a dozen points as South Dakota gave Waldorf a toweling winning a one-sided contest 93-37. That’s five straight games in double figures for SDU’s leading scorer.
Both St Mary’s Gaels Men’s and Women’s teams were in action on Sunday and there was a Kiwi connection on all four teams involved.
The Gaels Women entertained Amiee Book and Fresno State and aided by a defensive spark from Tayla Daltonemerged 79-64 victors. Dalton had 3 rebounds, 3 steals and a block to go with 11 points. Jade Kirisome was also in double figures with a dozen (10/12FT) while Amy West tallied 4 rebounds, a steal and a point.
Book scored three points on one made triple for Fresno State.
Unfortunately for St Mary’s Men their leading scorer this season Dan Fotu (4 points and 2 rebounds) fouled out in just 7 minutes and his absence from meaningful minutes contributed to the Gaels getting outgunned by Colorado State 74-58. James Moors came up with a steal for unbeaten Colorado State (9-0).
Other Men’s Results:
Davidson 70 (Sam Mennenga 2pts, 6rebs, 2a) William & Mary 46
Virginia 57 (Taine Murray 5pts, 2 rebs, 1 block) Pitt 56
New Mexico State 72 (Yuat Alok 2pts, 1reb) UTEP 69
#21 ranked BYU had to stave off a 4th quarter comeback from Utah before prevailing 85-80. Tegan Graham had 9 points, a season best 8 assists and 6 rebounds for BYU who may move further up the rankings after win number eight.
Washington State had little trouble dispatching UC Davis winning 71-49. Charlisse Leger-Walker posted 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting whilst also registering a pair of blocks and quadruple rebounds and assists.
Sister Krystal L-W posted 11 points, 5’s in rebounds and assists plus singles in blocks and steals.
Other Women’s Results:
St Peter’s New Jersey 77 (Victoria Ikenasio 6pts, 4rebs) Delaware State 50
Wofford 46 (Helen Matthews 1pt, 3rebs, 1 steal) Coastal Carolina 58