Saturday men: Panthers pounce, York bounced

Jack Daly tallied seven points, seven rebounds and 11 assists for Middlebury in its 70-66 win over Williams.
Middlebury athletics file photo

No. 16 Middlebury held off No. 11 Williams 70-66 and took over first place in the NESCAC with some help from Amherst. Mary Washington knocked York (Pa.) off the list of unbeaten teams and John Carroll rolled over Marietta. 

Middlebury seemed to be on its way to a comfortable win against Williams, leading the Ephs 68-56 with less than two minutes to play at home. Williams scored 10 points in less than a minute with eight coming from Bobby Casey. Eric McCord answered to push Middlebury's lead back to four and the Ephs missed two 3-pointers on their last possession. Box score

Middlebury's reserves outscored the Ephs' reserves 32-16 with half of those points coming from Joey Leighton. Middlebury (13-3, 4-1 NESCAC) moves into first place with a half-game lead over No. 14 Hamilton. The Continentals fell hard off the list of unbeaten teams with a 75-49 loss at Amherst. Johnny McCarthy notched a double-double (12 points, 15 rebounds) for the Mammoths (10-6, 2-2).

Mary Washington slowed York's roll through the CAC as the Eagles edged the Spartans 59-57. With the game tied at 53, AJ Robinson hit a three-pointer to give Mary Washington (12-5, 6-4) the lead. Jason Bady responded with a layup for York (16-1, 9-1) and the teams exchanged baskets until Eric Shaw's free throw staked the Eagles to a 59-57 advantage. York had one more chance to tie or take the lead but turned the ball over with nine seconds left never got another shot off. 

A third unbeaten team also picked up its first loss, as Covenant beat Pfeiffer 105-101. Caleb Haynes and Berto Dryden scored 20 points a piece off the bench for Covenant (8-7). Pfeiffer (11-1) is a first-year provisional member of NCAA Division III in the process of transitioning from Division II.

That leaves two undefeated team in Division III men's basketball -- No. 1 Whitman and No. 5 Wittenberg. The top-ranked Blues cruised past Willamette 75-59 and Wittenberg clobbered Allegheny 87-58.

No. 20 John Carroll streaked out to a 21-3 lead and never looked back in a 99-75 win over No. 18 Marietta. The Blue Streaks (14-3, 8-2) shot 51 percent from the field (38-for-75) and outscored the Pioneers 44-20 in the Paint. John Carroll finished the day tied for first in the OAC with Baldwin Wallace which had no problem against Muskingum. 

No. 9 MIT battled past Babson 80-78 in overtime to pick up a big road win in the NEWMAC. The Engineers (15-2, 5-1) tied the game on Bradley Jomard's layup with 1:28 to play in regulation. Neither team scored the rest of the way and Dakota Pierce hit a key 3-pointer with two minutes left in overtime to put MIT up by five. Babson (9-8, 4-2) had two 3-point looks to win the game and missed both. Jomard finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double (22 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds).

No. 12 St. John's continued its dominant run through the MIAC by beating its rival St. Thomas 77-62 in front of a full Sexton Arena crowd. David Stokman scored 26 points and Tyler Weiss posted a double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds) for the Johnnies (14-1, 10-0).

The WIAC usually produces one of the more entertaining conference races, but so far UW-Stevens Point is running away from the rest of the pack. Drew Fredrickson scored a layup and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions late in the Pointers' home game against UW-Platteville and that gave Stevens Point the breathing room it needed in an 80-74 victory over the Pioneers. The Pointers (12-5, 6-0) got 31 points from their reserves, led by Matt Koerner with 12 points.

Stevens Point now has a two-game lead on Platteville and No. 2 UW-Whitewater, which needed overtime to beat UW-La Crosse 67-64. Andre Brown scored four of his game-high 18 points in overtime for the Warhawks (14-3, 4-2). No. 6 UW-Oshkosh stumbled against UW-Eau Claire 60-57 and the Titans fell three games back of the Pointers. The Blugolds (9-8, 1-5) picked up their first conference win despite not making a 3-pointer.

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Chase Branscomb and his front court teammates pushed Emory and Henry past Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon.
File photo by Tyree D. Ward, Emory and Henry

Outside the Top 25, Emory and Henry won its ODAC first-place showdown with Randolph-Macon, 75-65. The Wasps (16-1, 8-0) dominated Randolph-Macon inside, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 46-28 in the paint and outrebounding them by 22. Chase Branscomb led the way for Emory and Henry with 20 points and nine rebounds.

In the East region, Plattsburgh State knocked Brockport out of the three-way tie for first in the SUNYAC by beating the Golden Eagles 93-80. Brandon Johnson scored 16 points and Nick DeAngelis added 14 points more for the Cardinals (11-4, 9-1) who remain tied for first with Cortland. The Red Dragons defeated Oswego State 68-59.

Drew continued its surprising run through the Landmark Conference with a 98-65 win over Susquehanna. Riley Collins scored 24 points for the Rangers (13-4, 6-0) who have a two-game lead on Scranton and Catholic. Those two teams met on Saturday and Catholic held Scranton to just five first half field goals en route to a 76-52 win over the Royals.

Almost a month to the day that Mount St. Vincent fired both head basketball coaches and its Athletic Director, the Dolphins finished a great week with a win at Mount St. Mary, 71-57. Mount St. Vincent's wins over the Knights and Farmingdale State put the Dolphins in first place in the Skyline Conference.

Adrian stumbled out of the week with two losses as the Bulldogs lost at Alma, 73-66. Kevin Scheibert paced the Scots (6-11, 3-3) with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Adrian (13-4, 4-2) now sits in a four-way tie for first place in the MIAA standings with Hope, Olivet and Trine.

Another set of Scots also notched a big win as Monmouth held off Lake Forest 76-69 in a game between MWC title hopefuls. Justin Aluya scored 16 points, mostly from the foul line, for Monmouth (11-6, 8-2) which went 23 for 35 from the charity stripe.

St. Scholastica won its sixth game in seven tries and knocked off conference leader Bethany Lutheran in the process, 90-85. Occidental pushed its record to 9-0 in the SCIAC with a 67-62 victory at Redlands.