As the second-leading scorer for the Chaminade men’s basketball team, Bennie Murray has a habit of coming up big.
The senior guard, a Will C. Wood High graduate, had three outstanding outings last week capped by a season-high 34 points in a 95-83 win over Academy of Art. He was more accurate from beyond the arc (4 of 6) than from the line (6 of 11) and was 12 of 15 overall from the floor.
Earlier in the week, he had 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals in a 90-63 dumping of Dominican. He followed that with a team-high 22 points in a 76-52 victory over Notre Dame de Namur, for whom he played his first two seasons.
Murray’s been consistent all year, scoring in double figures in 17 of 18 games for the Silverswords (10-8, 7-3) and has upped his season scoring average in 10 straight games.
Murray’s second on the team at 17.7 points per game, tops in conference play at 20.3. He also leads with 39 3-pointers and six blocked shots and contributes 4.0 rebounds per game.
Alaska suffered through a tough week as the Nanooks (10-7, 5-4) lost 68-54 to Simon Fraser and 77-66 to Western Washington. Ronnie Baker (Rodriguez) had five points and two steals in the first game, four points, four steals, three rebounds, and three assists in the second.
Marcus Carter (Solano) returned after missing four games for Pacific Union (2-16, 0-5) by scoring a team-high 13 points in a 78-67 loss to Simpson and a team-high 16 points in a 70-64 loss to William Jessup. He also combined for nine rebounds and five steals in the two outings.
Sacramento State (9-8, 4-5) won twice as John Dickson (Fairfield) had 11 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and two assists in a 67-58 downing of North Dakota and contributed 11 points, three steals and two rebounds in a 79-72 eclipse of Northern Colorado.
Menlo (6-14, 2-3) edged UC Merced 76-73 as Malik Dunbar (Fairfield resident) had four points and four rebounds, while Dante Miller (Fairfield, Solano) had two points.
San Francisco State defeated UC San Diego 70-55 and fell to Cal State San Bernardino 77-68, with Robbie Herndon (Fairfield resident) getting a combined three rebounds, two points and one assist in the two games.
Mike McChristian (Wood) netted 13 points and eight rebounds in a losing cause as Idaho (8-11, 4-5 Western Athletic Conference) was defeated by Texas State 78-73. He then had seven assists, five points and four rebounds in a 74-70 edging of Texas-San Antonio.
Webster slipped past MacMurray 64-63 as Roman Robinson (Rodriguez) had 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and one block. The Gorloks (9-9, 7-3) also got by Eureka 75-68 with Robinson scoring nine points and adding six rebounds, three assists and one block.
Khristina Hunter (Rodriguez) couldn’t find the basket, going scoreless on 0 for 6 shooting, but contributed seven rebounds in San Diego State’s 69-57 triumph over Nevada. Erimma Amarikwa (Vanden) delivered 15 points and six rebounds for the Aztecs (14-5, 5-1). San Diego State then thumped New Mexico 63-39 as Amarikwa had eight points, seven rebounds and two steals, while Hunter had an assist.
Holy Names suffered a tough 72-64 overtime loss to Hawaii-Hilo, with Renique Fitzpatrick (Armijo) amassing 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks (9-9, 3-6 Pac West). Amnesty Bradley (Fairfield) had a rebound. Holy Names also fell to Point Loma Nazarene 84-65 as Fitzpatrick had eight points, nine rebounds and two steals.
Ivy Jones (Solano) had nearly half the points for Nebraska-Kearney (5-12, 2-8) by netting 23 in a 60-48 loss to Truman State. The Lopers, coached by former Solano assistant Kevin Chaney, also fell to Southwest Baptist 91-62 as Jones had one point and one assist.
Denisha Lundy (Vanden) played in all 40 minutes of Cal State Dominguez Hill’s 82-66 win over Humboldt State, getting 12 points, three assists and two steals. She also had 11 points, three assists and two rebounds for the Toros (6-10, 5-7) in a 79-68 loss to Cal Poly Pomona.
It was a week of feast or famine for Jazmine Miller (Vanden) as he went 1 for 7 from the floor with three points and five rebounds in Chico State’s 51-44 loss to Cal State Monterey Bay. The Wildcats (14-2, 10-2) bounced back from their second loss of the year as Miller was 6 of 7 overall and 5 of 6 from 3-point range with 19 points in a 56-50 downing of Cal State East Bay.
UC Riverside (9-9, 2-5) fell to Pacific 85-56 and UC Davis 61-49 with Tahvia Morrison (Vanden) getting five points, two assists and two rebounds in the first game, four points, three rebounds and two steals in the second.
Goli Tavassoli rolled up 18 points on 4 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc and added three rebounds and three assists in Waldorf’s 88-79 win over York. She then had eight points and two assists for the Warriors (15-7, 6-3) in an 87-48 humbling at the hands of College of Saint Mary’s.
Lourdes (7-16, 4-11), coached by former Fairfield standout Zareth Gray, lost to Madonna 67-55, but defeated Michigan-Dearborn 49-42.
Our Lady of the Lake closed in on 20 wins by trouncing Texas Wesleyan 79-56. The Saints (19-1, 12-1) are led by former Vacaville and Vacaville Christian coach Chris Minner.
Alex Mendoza (Rodriguez) won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9 minutes, 43.01 seconds and was sixth in the 100 free (50.08) to help Claremont Mudd Scripps pound Pomona-Pitzer 240-47. He also swam the second leg for fourth-place 400 free relay team (3:18.17).
Merchant Marine Academy swamped York 62-26 and Old Westbury 60-30, with Ben Gabbard (Vacaville) taking second in the 100 butterfly (1:08.67) and doing the second leg for the runner-up 200 medley relay team (2:05.93).
Laura Turpen (Vacaville) was fourth in the 400 individual medley (4:34.32) and 10th in the 200 IM (2:11.64) as Tulane lost to lost to LSU 241-110, to Rice 223-118 and to Houston 198.5-153.5 in a four-way meet at Baton Rouge, La.
In Fresno State’s 195-105 loss to UC Davis, Britney Vogel (Armijo) finished sixth in 100 breaststroke (1:07.72), eighth in 200 breast (2:29.59) and swam the second leg in 200 IM relay (third, 1:46.59).
The baseball season got underway for former area players as Eddie Aplin (Vanden, Solano) went 0 for 4 for Arizona Christian in a 4-2 loss to Concordia.
Daje Pugh (Fairfield) picked up where he record-setting high school career left off by finishing first in her section and fifth overall in the 60-meter hurdles (8.62 seconds) for Washington in the UW Invitational. She also ran the third leg for the third-place 4×400 relay team (3:44.67).
In the same meet, Leslie Reed (Fairfield resident) of UC Davis was third in her heat and 27th overall in the 60-meter dash (7.88) and fifth in her heat and 23rd overall in the 200 (25.50).
Sacramento State’s Arrielle Holzendorf (Fairfield) was 10th in the 400 (57.83) and ran anchor for the third-place 4×400 relay team (3:53.72) in the Bronco Invitational in Boise, Idaho.
Army’s Kyler Martin (Vacaville) won the 60 hurdles in 8.11, the fifth-fastest time in program history, at the NYRR College Night.
Jordan Riggins (Rodriguez) of Colorado Mesa rolled to a second-place finish in the 200 (21.84), finishing first among collegiate participants, at the Air Force Invitational. He was also sixth in the 60 (6.95), the only Division II runner among the 41 competitors in the event.
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