Saturday men: Thriller in the chiller

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Ithaca and Hartwick waged quite a battle on Saturday afternoon in Upstate New York.
Hartwick photo by Gerry Raymonda

File this one away as a candidate for game of the year. Ithaca edged Hartwick 117-115 on a buzzer beater in double-overtime.

After a back-and-forth game with 27 lead changes and two extra periods, Ithaca appeared to finally seize control in double-overtime when Joey Flanagan hit two free throws to give the Bombers a 112-106 lead with 44 seconds left. Hartwick responded with 3-pointers on its next three possessions, the last one tying the game at 115 with eight seconds left. On Ithaca's next possesion Sam Bevan missed the potential game-winning shot only to have his teammate Marc Chasin score the winner at the buzzer. Recap

Four of Hartwick's starters scored at least 15 points, led by Trevor Norton with 39 in 46 minutes. All five of Ithaca's starters reached double figures, led by Chasin who had 29 points, six rebounds and six assists. Box score

Colby picked up its first conference win in surprising fashion by knocking off No. 8 Amherst, 66-64. Less than 24 hours after rolling past Bowdoin, Amherst shot 33 percent from the field and 27 percent from three (9-for-34). Ryan Jann scored 13 points for Colby, despite shooting 2-for-10 from the field.

The Lord Jeffs' loss opened the way for Trinity (Conn.) to take over first place in the NESCAC. Shay Ajayi scored 19 points for the Bantams who used 17 players in an 85-66 win at Bowdoin. Trinity shot 54 percent from the field, including 12-for-20 from three. The Bantams will host Amherst in the teams' only meeting next Saturday.

After narrowly avoiding a loss to North Park on Wednesday night, No. 2 Elmhurst wasn't as fortunate at No. 25 North Central (Ill.). The Cardinals shot 52 percent from the field and dumped the Bluejays 80-62. Jagger Anderson led the Cardinals' balanced attack with 20 points. Kyle Wuest had 15 points and Will Nixon added a double-double for Elmhurst, but the other three starters shot a combined 3-for-20.

That result coupled with No. 3 Augustana's thrashing of Millikin creates a three-way tie for first in the CCIW.

No. 5 John Carroll stayed one step ahead of No. 11 Marietta in the OAC race. The Blue Streaks defeated Wilmington 79-70 while Marietta took care of Heidelberg, 82-71. No. 18 Mount Union remained two games back of John Carroll after blitzing Otterbein, 94-61.

No. 6 St. Thomas rallied past Carleton 71-61 to split its regular season series with the Knights and extend its winning streak to 11 games. Cortez Tillman scored 20 points for the Tommies whose only loss came against Carleton on December 5.

Beyond the Top 25: Leopards leap into first 

After going 2-6 outside the SCIAC, La Verne is 5-2 inside it, and will be at least tied for first place.
La Verne athletics file photo 

La Verne defeated Caltech 83-72 to grab at least a share of first place in the SCIAC. Hakim Arnold tallied 14 points and 12 assists for the Leopards who are 5-2 in conference. The top five teams in the SCIAC are separated by only one game, and the playoff field has only four spots.

Anderson and Hanover needed three overtimes to decide a winner as the Ravens finally outlasted the Panthers 106-100.

Penn State-Behrend avenged its only loss of the season with a 71-59 victory at La Roche. Zane Hackett posted 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Lions who have won 11 straight.

Similar to Colby, Emerson picked up its first conference win on Saturday with an upset that reshapes its conference's standings. Emerson upended MIT 66-56, putting the Engineers a game behind first-place WPI. Austin Pinckney had 11 points, 12 rebounds and six steals for Emerson.

Southern Maine dealt Eastern Connecticut its first conference loss of the season on two late free throws by Jose Nouchanthavong. He was fouled with 12 seconds left and the Huskies trailing by two, and made both free throws for the victory.

Plattsburgh State also picked up its first conference loss as Brockport State beat the Cardinals 74-63. Devonn Gavin led the Golden Eagles with 19 points. Same goes for UW-River Falls which picked up its first loss in WIAC play, falling at UW-Platteville 72-61. Boston Johnson led the way for the Pioneers with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. 

Eastern Nazarene has been a team of streaks and now the Lions have one going in the right direction. They defeated Endicott 70-68 for their third straight win, which followed a six-game losing streak which followed a nine-game winning streak.