December 31, 2012
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Northwood University (Fla.) head coach Rollie Massimino achieved a coaching milestone, capturing his 700th career win, as the Seahawks defeated visiting Valor Christian, 106-73, in their opening game of the 2012 Chuck Daly Memorial Classic, hosted at Northwood University.
With the victory, Massimino becomes the 35th coach ever to amass 700 wins in the NCAA and NAIA ranks. He is one of only three active coaches to have reached the 700-win plateau. In his 37-year career, Massimino has a record of 700-429, with 184 of his wins coming at Northwood University. Prior to taking the helm at Northwood seven years ago, Massimino has coached at Stony Brook, Villanova, UNLV, and Cleveland State, including the 1985 NCAA National Championship title while at Villanova.
Five players registered double figure point totals in the milestone win. Leading the way for the Seahawks was senior guard Ra'Shad James (White Plains, N.Y./Iona), posting a double-double with game-highs in points with 26 and rebounds with 11. Senior guard Tracy Parks (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic) added 17 points, senior forward Patrick Horstmann (Wettenburg, Germany/NJIT) had 13 points with seven rebounds and junior forward Jake Lockhart (Antigua) netted 11 points.
Freshman guard Mike Newton (Bedford Heights, Ohio/St. Edward HS) dished out a game-high eight assists with 12 points and seven rebounds while senior forward Dan O'Keefe (Lexington, Mass./Bentley) grabbed 11 rebounds with seven points.
The Warriors were powered by sophomore guard Adam Cunningham with a team-high 16 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Yves Saintelo and freshman guard Ulrick Paul each scored 13 points in the loss.
The Seahawks outrebounded the Warriors, 50-42, during the contest. Northwood shot 54.1% (40-of-74) from the floor, including 26.7% (4-of-15) from three-point range and 81.5% (22-of-27) from the foul line. Valor Christian was 30.6% (22-of-72) from the field, 28% (7-of-25) from three-point and 66.7% (22-of-33) from the foul line.
The Seahawks improved to 13-1 on the season, while Valor Christian dropped to 8-4 on the year. Northwood returns to the court Sunday night to face McPherson (Kan.) in the championship of the Chuck Daly Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.