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Nathan Hayes had a double-double for the Thunder (11 points, 14 rebounds).
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Wheaton (Ill.) remained undefeated by beating No. 19 Hope 79-75 as the CCIW won three of four games in this weekend's CCIW/MIAA Classic.

Wheaton (Ill.) took the lead late in the first half and maintained it the rest of the way behind stellar free throw shooting.  The Thunder made 20 of 22 free throws in the second half and 27 of 30 in the game. Four Wheaton (Ill.) starters scored double-figures and the fifth just missed with Michael Berg scoring eight points. The Thunder (6-0) play eight of their first nine games at home.

In the other half of the CCIW/MIAA classic, Carthage dropped Calvin 74-63. Tyler Pierce scored 23 for the Red Men who shot 50 percent (28-for-56) from the field. On Friday night, Wheaton (Ill.) stifled Calvin 54-37 and Hope defeated Carthage 82-70.

In an early meeting of one of Division III's best rivalries, No. 16 Wooster shut down Wittenberg 60-41. The Scots held the Tigers to 16 points in the second half on 8-for-30 shooting including 0-for-8 from three.  The second half wasn't much better for Wittenberg. Just two Tigers finished the game with more than two field goals. Wooster, which improves to 5-1, 2-0 in the NCAC, will host Wittenberg on Feb. 9.

Both sides of the storied Hope-Calvin rivalry lost on Saturday. So did both sides of the storied Amherst-Williams rivalry. Springfield upended No. 6 Amherst 70-64 at Westfield State's tournament. Stevens (5-0) picked up an impressive win at No. 24 Williams 75-69. The Ducks erased a 10-point halftime deficit and got double-digit scoring from all five starters.

Sheldon Jones (18 points) and the Ducks shot past Williams in Stevens' road win.
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Cortland State also scored a signature win by beating visiting Plattsburgh State 68-55. The RedDragons (5-0) are off to their best start since starting the 1963-1964 season 7-0. Richard Stockton repelled William Paterson 64-53 and moved to 5-0, 3-0 in the NJAC.

No. 17 Rochester (7-0) beat Hobart 73-64 to win the tournament currently known as the Wendy's Classic. John DiBartolomeo had another big night for the Yellowjackets with 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

WIAC play opened with No. 3 UW-Whitewater stopping UW-Stout 64-58 in a battle of unbeatens. The Warhawks shot 35 percent from the field, but 80 percent from the free throw line. No. 9 UW-Stevens Point took care of UW-Superior 79-68 behind Tyler Tillema's 34 points. UW-La Crosse (6-0) outscored UW-Eau Claire by 20 in the second half of a 84-69 victory.

No. 23 Albertus Magnus came from behind to edge Lasell 81-77 in the teams' conference opener. Sean Bertanza scored 38 points for the Lasers. No. 1 MIT bounced back from Thursday's loss by beating Newbury 91-76.

Mount Union scored 57 points -- 15 less than the Purple Raiders did in football -- and fell to Capital 61-57. Daniel Webster beat Colby 95-93 in a triple-overtime thriller. Cam Baker's buzzer beater was the difference as Haverford nipped Gettysburg 57-57.