|Erik Crittenden, left, and Jalen Loving react after Loving's dunk gave Elmhurst an early 15-14 advantage.
Photo by Matt McClure, d3photography.com
Elmhurst's tip-in came too late at the end of regulation, but the No. 5 Bluejays recovered in overtime and defeated No. 1 Augustana 77-75, handing the Vikings their first loss.
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Video review confirmed that Will Nixon's shot at the end of regulation didn't fall, capping a crazy regulation in which the lead changed hands 19 times. Elmhurst trailed by six, 57-51 with 9:00 to go in regulation but made its run as Kyle Wuest scored 10 of his 26 points in the next four minutes to give the Bluejays (12-1, 1-1 CCIW) a 65-61 lead. Jawan Straughter answered with two 3-pointers of his own to help Augie (12-1, 1-1) regain the lead at 69-67 with 2:25 left, but Pat Coleman and Bryant Ackerman each hit one of two free throws and Will Nixon blocked a Straughter shot with 8.6 seconds left.
Erik Crittenden and Nixon scored four points apiece in overtime as Elmhurst never trailed in the extra session and the Bluejay fans stormed the court for a second time shortly after Augustana's hail mary full-court pass with 0.4 seconds left in overtime hit a steel girder at least 35 feet above center court.
Chad Carlson scored seven of his 12 points during a 13-0 run as third-ranked Hope erased a 14-point deficit with eight minutes to play and escaped with a 68-65 victory over Albion on the opening night of conference play in the MIAA. Albion led 58-44 on Jaylen Fordham's layup with 7:43 to play before Carlson's run.
Calvin continued its home dominance of Trine, this time knocking off the No. 23-ranked Thunder 74-70. Trine hasn't won at Calvin since 1967, when the school was named Tri-State. Trine's only previous loss this season was to Ohio Wesleyan. After leading at the half, the Knights had to rally from six down in the final two minutes.
Sixth-ranked Benedictine, which handed Elmhurst its only loss earlier in the season, had little trouble with Dominican in a 110-78 win. No. 8 Ohio Wesleyan improved to 11-1, 4-1 in the NCAC behind 16 points from Seth Clark and 14 from Ben Simpson in a 77-70 win at Wittenberg. No. 12 WPI put Springfield away in the second half as Clyde Niba finished the night with 20 points and seven rebounds in a 69-56 win.
UW-Eau Claire improved to 8-4 with a 63-59 home win vs. No. 19 UW-Stevens Point in the WIAC opener for both teams. Jared Schneidermann led the Blugolds with 17 points as Eau Claire won for just the second time in the past 31 meetings with the Pointers.
David LeBaron scored 19 points and two Beavers recorded double-doubles as Caltech won 70-66 at Cal Lutheran, improving to 2-0 in the SCIAC. Caltech hasn't been 2-0 in the SCIAC since the 1953-54 season. Caltech is 4-7 overall, matching its win total from last season. James Frazier scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half and New Jersey City improved to 6-0 in the NJAC for the first time since 1989, when it was known as Jersey City State. The Gothic Knights defeated Stockton 74-69.
Randolph-Macon got back to .500 and did it in a satisfying manner, taking its early-season frustrations out on archrival Hampden-Sydney to the tune of a 75-68 score. Lamont Moore led the Yellowjackets with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Eastern Mennonite was unable to convert on 3-pointers at the end of regulation and in overtime and Bridgewater hung on to win 84-82 in another ODAC rivalry game.
Sophomore forward David Black led six double-digit scorers for Case Western Reserve with a career-high 26 points, as the Spartans battled their way to a thrilling 106-101 overtime win at Muskingum.
Nick Clark nailed eight 3-pointers en route to 35 points, Kennedy Drey added 22 points and eight rebounds, and the Buena Vista offense was in sync yet again en route to an 89-77 victory over Simpson in the teams' Iowa Conference opener.