Saturday men: F&M gets G-Rob No. 900

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Glenn Robinson's 900th career coaching victory was a hard-fought battle for the conference lead.
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Hunter Eggers scored a game-high 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with under 30 seconds left and two free throws to ice the game with one second left as No. 17 Franklin and Marshall edged Swarthmore 57-54, claiming sole possession of fist place in the Centennial Conference and giving Diplomats coach Glenn Robinson his 900th career victory.

Robinson, who has been the winningest coach in Division III basketball history since February 2004, is No. 4 all-time among NCAA men's basketball coaches.

Eggers was the offensive star on a defensive day, one which saw the Dips hold Swarthmore guard Matt Brennan, who entered the day shooting 42 percent from 3-point range, to 1-for-11 shooting, 1-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Grant Shaeffer scored six of his game-high 23 points during a game-closing 9-5 stretch in the final 4:21 to lead No. 4 St. Thomas past visiting Bethel, 69-66.

The game was tied at 66-66 in the final minute after each team missed a chance to go ahead. UST's Cortez Tillman drove the lane and sank a runner for a 68-66 lead with 47 seconds to go. Bethel missed two shots for the tie, and Tillman rebounded with 1.3 seconds to go and was fouled. Tillman made the first of two for a three-point lead and missed the second. Bethel rebounded and called time out, but a desperation shot near midcourt was blocked.

After sprinting through their non-conference schedule once again, No. 14 NYU had trouble at home vs. Brandeis in its first UAA game, edging the Judges 69-67. Brandeis, which fell to 6-6 overall, led by seven with 5:22 to go before NYU finished on a 12-3 run.

Aron Thress scored a game-high 25 points for Ohio Northern but it was Marietta which came out on top. The No. 10 Pioneers led by 10 with 4:24 to go but survived a late run to hold on and beat the Polar Bears 72-71.

Washington U. rallied from an 18-point second half deficit and led with 21 seconds left but Jordan Smith hit a 3-pointer from the right wing 10 seconds later and No. 16 Chicago held on to win on the road, 70-69. Smith led the Maroons with a game-high 23 points.

No. 21 Scranton overcame a seven-point deficit with less than three minutes to go by scoring the final eight points of the game to stun Goucher on its home court, 78-77. Brendan Boken scored a game-high 31 points and added 15 rebounds, for his third 30-point game of the season. 

No. 11 Susquehanna remained unbeaten as Brandon Hedley scored a team-high 23 points and Steven Weidlich added 19 in a 91-72 win vs. Merchant Marine. The Crusaders are 14-0, 5-0 in the Landmark. Tahron Harvey scored 20 points and added six assists to help Benedictine remain unbeaten with an 81-67 over Wisconsin Lutheran. The No. 6 Eagles, who lead Division III in field goal percentage, shot 53.5 percent from the floor in the win.

No. 15 UW-Whitewater made enough free throws down the stretch to fend off No. 19 UW-Stevens Point, 69-63. The Pointers trimmed the Warhawks' double-digit lead to two points with two minutes left but Andre Brown scored six straight for Whitewater to stem the rally. The Warhawks (11-2, 2-0) hit 18 of 20 free throws, including their last eight attempts. Trinson Brown had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Warhawks.

Nasser Al-Rayes and KC Emezie scored 15 points apiece and Caltech improved to 3-0 in the SCIAC, defeating Occidental 62-48. Caltech improved to 3-0 in the SCIAC for the first time since 1953-54, the year the Beavers won their only SCIAC title.

Roanoke held Virginia Wesleyan to 0-for-12 shooting from 3-point range in the second half and turned a seven-point deficit into a 93-84 victory. The Maroons improved to 12-1, 4-0 in the ODAC, matching their highest victory total in the previous six seasonsRhode Island College snapped an 11-game losing streak as sophomore guard Chris Green scored a game-high 24 and freshman Jimmy Fritzon added 15 more in a 73-67 win vs. Mass-Boston. RIC's streak of 20-win seasons is obviously in serious jeopardy.

Jordan McDaniel scored a career-high 32 points on 10-for-16 shooting to lead Rutgers-Newark to a 78-65 New Jersey Athletic Conference road win at William Paterson. The Scarlet Raiders (10-4, 5-2) outrebounded William Paterson 51-29.

Dakota Kazen and Lucas Marble combined to bury four 3-point baskets as Albion rallied from nine points down midway through the second half to earn a 65-60 victory over Calvin. The Knights (6-7, 1-1 MIAA) took a 58-55 lead on a jumper by Michael Wilks with 4:48 remaining but went without a field goal the rest of the game and lost at Albion for the first time since 2008.