Cougars to Host Notre Dame in AMC
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
AMC Tournament Bracket
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (2-25-2008) -
The Mount Vernon Nazarene
University men’s basketball team earned the
No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 seed Notre
Dame College in the first round of the
American Mideast Conference Tournament on
Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
The Cougars, who are ranked No. 17 in the
most recent NAIA Division II poll, finished
the regular season with a 22-6 overall
record and a 9-5 AMC South Division mark.
MVNU had won five straight games before
falling 82-69 at Ohio Dominican University
on Saturday in the regular-season finale.
The Cougars are led in scoring by junior
guard Ben Falkenberg (20.4 ppg), who also
leads the team with 109 three-pointers made
and shoots 91.4 percent from the free throw
line. Junior forward Jadin Thomas adds 15.5
points and 7.9 rebounds per game to go with
50 blocked shots and is averaging 20.4
points and 10.4 rebounds over the past five
games with four double-doubles. Senior post
Connor Gregg contributes 10.8 points and 6.5
rebounds, and junior guard Dan Borcherdt
averages 10.7 points and has handed out a
team-high 118 assists.
Notre Dame will enter Thursday’s contest
with a deceiving 14-14 overall record. The
Falcons won their final four regular-season
games to earn a share of the AMC North
Division title with a 7-3 mark.
Notre Dame is led by senior guard Jerome
Pierce, who averages 20.7 points and has
nailed 113 three-pointers this season.
Junior guard Kyle Miller adds 13.5 points
per game, while sophomore center Karim
McFarlane contributes 12.8 points and 8.2
rebounds per contest to go with a
team-leading 70 blocked shots. The Falcons
shoot 38.3 percent from three-point range
and hold their opponents to just 42.8
percent shooting from the field overall.
This will be the second straight year
that MVNU and Notre Dame will square off in
the AMC Tournament. Last year, the Falcons
came away with a 102-100 overtime win in the
semifinals at Notre Dame on a three-pointer
by Miller at the buzzer. Pierce poured in 32
points in that game, while McFarlane added
21 points. MVNU was led by Mark Hess (23
points), Falkenberg (21 points), and Steve
Mayes (20 points) in that contest.
In the other first round game on
Thursday, No. 6 seed Point Park (Pa.)
University (16-11) will travel to No. 3 seed
Ohio Dominican University for a 7:30 p.m.
The winner of the MVNU-Notre Dame game
will travel to the loser of the AMC
Championship game between Walsh University
(24-4) and Malone College (20-8) on
Saturday, while the Point Park-Ohio
Dominican winner will travel to No. 2 seed
Cedarville University (20-7). The game
between Walsh and Malone takes place on
Tuesday at Walsh with the winner receiving
the first of the AMC’s two automatic berths
into the NAIA Division II National
Tournament in Point Lookout, Missouri.