COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Thompson, Sunderhaus standing out at next level

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bernard Thompson bounced back from two sub-par games with the kind of performance the former area standout has become accustomed to. Thompson, a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast, scored 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting in a loss to St. Johns last weekend, capping an up-and-down holiday week for the former Rockdale star.

Thompson had consecutive seven-point games and shot just 4 of 16 from the field in Gulf Coast's victories over Alcorn State and Toledo, though he did grab a team-high 11 rebounds in the Thanksgiving win over the Rockets.

The 6-3 guard quickly erased the memories of his early-week struggles with an excellent all-around game in the 79-68 loss in Queens. To go with the team-high in points, Thompson added five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 34 minutes. In seven games for the 4-3 Eagles, Thompson, an all-freshman team selection in the Atlantic Sun a year ago, leads the team averaging 14.7 points and three steals and is second in rebounds (5.3).

Florida Gulf Coast travels to Birmingham, Alabama for an 8 p.m. game with Samford tonight, then hosts Loyola Maryland in Fort Myers on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.Sunderhaus starting out westSEATTLE -- Thompson's former teammate on the 2010-11 state runner-up Bulldogs team, Deshaun Sunderhaus, has become a vital player for Seattle University. The redshirt freshman has started all three games for the 2-1 Redhawks and leads the team in averaging seven rebounds, and is second in points (10.7) while hitting 45 percent of his field goal attempts (13-for-29).

In a recent victory over Pacific Lutheran, Sunderhaus, a 6-9 forward, had nine points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes.

Seattle, a member of the Western Athletic Conference, continues non-league play with a big test at Maples Pavilion against Stanford tonight at 10 p.m.