Madonna upsets No. 6 Davenport, tightens WHAC race

December 13, 2012 in NAIA

By Patrick Hayes

Yesterday in our weekly college power rankings, I wrote that No. 6 Davenport, then at 6-0 in conference play, was in danger of pulling away from the pack in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference standings.

Thanks to Madonna, the league race will remain competitive a little longer. Madonna, ranked No. 25 in the country, didn’t just win, either. The Crusaders won pretty decisively, holding Davenport to 34 percent shooting and using a 23-0 run in the second half to pull away for an 82-69 win.

Bobby Naubert, a junior guard who has already won the conference’s player of the week award twice, scored 30 points and moved past the 1,000 career points mark at Madonna.

Freshman Dominez Burnett led Davenport with 27 points. He was the first Davenport player to score 20 or more points in a game this season, a testament to their balance.

This was the the second impressive win in the last week for Madonna. The Crusaders also beat Cornerstone, then ranked No. 12 in the country, last week.

The top of the WHAC now looks like anyone’s for the taking. Davenport still leads at 6-1, but Indiana Tech is just a half game back (Davenport and Indiana Tech play for the first time this season on Jan. 12). Madonna is one game back at 5-2 and Cornerstone is 1.5 games out at 4-2. Four teams at 3-3 in the middle of the conference, including Concordia and Northern Ohio, teams that has beaten Madonna this season, are still not out of the conversation either.

Indiana Tech will get tested when it plays Cornerstone, Davenport and Madonna consecutively in January.

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