November 27, 2012

Tuesday wrap: Still the champs

Quardell Young and the Warhawks remained undefeated with a win at IWU.
D3hoops file photo by Ryan Tipps

Tuesday night brought a rare opportunity to watch both of Division III's defending national champions play ranked opponents on the same floor. The champions did not disappoint as the UW-Whitewater men and Illinois Wesleyan women claimed big wins.

In the women's half of the doubleheader, No. 17 Illinois Wesleyan topped No. 14 UW-Whitewater 72-69. Lexi Baltes gave the Titans the lead 62-61 late and Illinois Wesleyan converted 7 of 8 free throws to preserve the win. The Titans shot 22-for-27 from the free throw line, including Baltes' six-for-six performance. The Warhawks made 7 of their 10 attempts. Baltes finished with 18 points and Kaitlyn Thill led UW-Whitewater with 21. Full recap

On the men's side, the third-ranked Warhawks beat No. 7 Illinois Wesleyan 71-65 to remain undefeated. UW-Whitewater trailed 28-25 to start the second half until Darnell Harris hit a three-pointer to tie the game. Harris hit another three with nine minutes left to give the Warhawks the lead for good. The game was a showcase of Harris' skills (32 points, 11-for-17 from field) as he knocked down three-pointers, hit midrange jumpers and scored around the rim. He finished with 32 points. Victor Davis scored 13 points to lead four double-figure scorers for Illinois Wesleyan. Full recap

In other men's action, No. 12 Scranton edged No. 21 Cabrini 74-73 in an overtime thriller and rematch of last year's national quarterfinal. Scranton's Brendan Boken hit a layup with six seconds left to send the game to overtime. Ross Danzig made another with nine seconds left in the extra period gave the Royals the win. Danzig scored a career-high 29 points while freshman Arron Goodman tallied 26 points and 12 boards for the Cavaliers.

It was a good night to be a men's basketball team from the SUNYAC as all seven that played won. Cortland State beat archrival Ithaca 84-67 and Potsdam State beat North Country neighbor Clarkson 77-65. Buffalo State's dynamic duo led the Bengals past Medaille 98-84. Jake Simmons and Roderick Epps combined for 47 points two days after scoring 55 against Nazareth.

No. 1 MIT stayed perfect by beating Tufts 70-60. Mitchell Kates had 27 points for the Engineers. Benedictine topped Concordia-Chicago 51-47 to open Northern Athletics Conference play. Those two teams finished last season tied atop the Conference's South Division.

Back on the women's side, Ithaca shut down Cortland State 53-33 as the Red Dragons had one more turnover (34) than points. Rebecca Knight scored 25 points and Southern Maine knocked off Bowdoin 72-58. Washington College beat Johns Hopkins 53-51 to improve to 2-0 in conference and 4-0 overall.

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