Valdosta St 74, Queens (NC) 63: Valdosta entered the game 3 points away from having an undefeated record, including an impressive 28 point dismantling of ranked Mount Olive. Jr guards Luis Walker and Steven Peden provide the scoring and defensive presence in Valdosta's press. Queens owned wins over ranked Goldey-Beacom and Wisconsin, Parkside, and was fresh off splitting a pair of OT games. Queens has a versatile attack with PG Howard Milsaps, SF Russell Rappaport, and C Gregory Willis all scoring in double figures.
Milsaps did his part for Queens, but Rappaport and Willis were harrassed into 5-of-16 shooting. Walker and Peden combined for 25 and Valdosta shot 51% from the floor. Valdosta moves to 8-1, while Queens slips to 6-3
Pfeiffer 63, N Alabama 55: N Alabama entered the game with 3 of their 4 losses to ranked teams. Pfeiffer was hovering just outside the top 25, having won 7 of 8 games to start the season. N Alabama's leading scorers Crowley, Bannister, and Pell like to pound the rock inside and put pressure on the opposing team's bigs. Earl Walker likes to drive and finish for Pfeiffer. The team that solves the other's zone will have the upperhand.
It's hard to say either team solved the zone, it's more a matter of which team was "less ugly." N Alabama shot less than 37% from the floor, with the big three going 12-of-33. Earl Walker got 22 points, making a living at the charity stripe with 10-of-13 shooting. Away from Walker, Pfeiffer went 11-27 from the floor. Pfeiffer moves to 8-1, while N Alabama slips to 4-5.
CVAC 6, Heartland 3. Heartland, favored in all three games, needs a sweep in tonight's contests to take it to the tiebreaker.