|Hannah Hackley splits two defenders for Trine on a day on which points were hard to come by.
Photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Amherst won a defensive battle of Top 10 teams, Central rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat No. 6 Ramapo and top-ranked Whitman got a big win on the second day of the D3hoops.com Classic.
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With both teams in the top five in the country in defensive scoring, the Classic battle between No. 3 Amherst and No. 6 Trine was always likely to be a low scoring affair. And defense was indeed the difference as the Mammoths held the Thunder to just one field goal in the fourth quarter and won a battle of unbeaten teams 41-36 to close out their play at the D3hoops.com Classic at South Point Arena.
The teams entered the final ten minutes tied at 31, but Emma McCarthy, who led the team with a double-double of 14 points and ten rebounds, gave the Mammoths the lead with a layup in the opening minute of the period. The score stayed at 33-31 Amherst for nearly six minutes. With 3:20 to play, Cassidy Williams cut the Trine deficit in half by making one of two foul shots, but McCarthy scored on the next possession and Hannah Hackley hit a huge 3-pointer with 2:17 left to open up the lead to six points and salt the game away.
In the day's other women's game, Hamline and Occidental made their first appearance in the 2017 Classic, as Hamline led but faded late, falling 64-55. Alyssa Ramlochan scored a team-high 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting for the Tigers (6-3), while Tala Ismail added 12. Alaina Quaranta scored 16 in the loss for Hamline (2-8).
In men's action, the top-ranked Blues of Whitman were the last team to hit the floor in Las Vegas, but got the equalizing win they had waited for for four years, as Whitman defeated UW-Stevens Point 77-64. In the 2013 Classic, then-No. 1 UW-Stevens Point defeated Whitman in overtime. Tim Howell scored a game-high 22 points and Joey Hewitt added 17 as the Blues improved to 10-0. Whitman led by as many as 24 in the second half before the Pointers cut the lead to 11 in the final minute.
Ramapo ran out to leads of 18-2 and 26-7 in the first half, but Central rallied, closing the large deficit with the three ball as Seth Wood hit two, while Malik Wildermuth, Luke Finley, and Caden Mauck all hit one. Wood and Mauck led the Dutch with eight points in the half. Central would cut the lead to seven as the Roadrunners went into the locker room up, 40-33, at the half.
Central went on a run as the Roadrunners fought to hang on to the lead. However, a 3-pointer from Kyle Smith tied it up. The Dutch would take the lead with just over eight minutes to play. The Roadrunners fought back to bring the game within two as Patrick Peterson banked a running shot. But, Central hit their free throw on intentional fouls, and the Roadrunners eventually lost 74-69.
Earlier in the evening, Carroll's Tanner Zaeske hit a tournament-record eight 3-pointers en route to 26 points as Carroll finished 1-1 in Vegas with a 76-54 win against Pacific Lutheran. Zaeske helped lead a Pioneers squad which shot 28-for-49 from the floor and 10-for-21 from beyond the arc in the win as Carroll evened its all-time record in the D3hoops.com Classic to 2-2.