Saturday men: 200 rules the day

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Calvin got just enough defensive stops to come away with the win at archrival Hope.
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Bowdoin got a big shot to beat Williams in overtime, Greenville poured in 200 points and the 200th meeting of The Rivalry came down to the final second in Saturday's Division III men's basketball afternoon action. 

Jack Simonds scored a game-high 32 points for Bowdoin, but the big blow came from Sam Grad. The sophomore hit a 3-pointer from the win with 1.4 seconds left in overtime to lift Bowdoin to a 78-77 win vs. No. 6 Williams. Simonds had 30 in regulation, as Zavier Rucker made a jumper with 32 seconds left in the second half to tie the game at 72.

James Heskett gave the Ephs (19-3, 6-2 NESCAC) the 77-75 lead with a shot with 37 seconds left, and Bowdoin turned the ball over, but Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1, setting up Grad's heroics. Rucker finished with 12 for the Polar Bears (13-8, 3-5), while Grad had eight off of the bench.

No, that was not a typo. Eight players scored in double figures and two scored more than 35 as Greenville defeated Fontbonne 200-146.

Greenville attempted 91 3-pointers in the win, making 33 of them. Eric Williams led all scorers with 38 points off the bench in just 20 minutes, while Marvin Bateman added 37 points in 19 minutes for the Panthers (14-6, 11-2 SLIAC). Greenville was 73-for-154 from the floor and turned the ball over just 13 times, while eliciting 38 turnovers from Fontbonne (8-13, 6-8).

"I told the team they went to the moon today. It's not often people get to go to the moon, but that also not everyone would like it, or respect it," Greenville coach George Barber told "It was an historic day."

Dylan Dirks scored a game-high 21 points off the bench as No. 2 Nebraska Wesleyan edged Buena Vista, 89-86. Clay Reimers added 19 points in the win. The Beavers hit 21 3-pointers to stay in the game. The would-be 22nd was a halfcourt heave which missed at the buzzer.

Calvin and Hope played to the last shot in front of 3,575 at DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland, Michigan. Alex Bos was hot early, while Austin Bykerk and Derrick Devries provided the scoring punch late in an 82-80 win. Calvin took a seven-point lead with 48 seconds to play as Jason Walter made one of two free throws. But Dennis Towns answered 10 seconds later with a bucket underneath to cut the lead to 78-73. Bos hit one of two foul shots, before Riley Lewis hit a jumper to make it a four-point game. Devries made two foul shots, but Lewis answered with a long 3-pointer at the top of the key to make it an 81-78 game with 13 seconds left. Devries followed by missing two foul shots, and the Knights (10-10, 5-4 MIAA) fouled Jason Beckman 60 feet from the basket rather than allow him to hit a game-winning three. Beckman made the pair, and Devries missed one of two with 3.1 seconds left. Preston Granger got the board and Beckman pushed the ball up the floor, but did not get a shot off in time. Hope fell to 11-9, 4-5. Lewis had 24 points and Granger added a career-high 23.

John Carroll got back into its roll on Saturday, as the Blue Streaks improved to 9-11, 5-8 in the OAC with an 88-69 win vs. No. 19 Capital. The Blue Streaks have won three out of four games, all of them since they abandoned the two-platoon system that helped them to multiple Division III Final Fours in the previous decade. Jimmy Berger and Ryan Berger scored 19 apiece and Luke Hippler added 18 in the win. Capital (17-4, 12-2) shot just 22-for-60 from the floor and 7-for-31 from 3-point range (22.6 percent) in the loss.

Danyon Hempy scored a game-high 23 points and Dontae Williams added 16 as No. 13 Wooster survived 76-74 at Ohio Wesleyan. Trenton Tipton hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds to give the Scots (18-3, 13-1 NCAC) a one-point lead. OWU (11-10, 6-8) had led by six points with 3:09 left in the game. Lynchburg's fade continued, as the No. 21 Hornets lost for the fourth consecutive time, falling to Bridgewater (Va.) 80-77. Dimetri Chambers scored a team-high 20 points, while TJ Turner added 17 off the bench. The Eagles improved to 9-11.

Aston Francis scored just 22 points on Saturday night, but one of them was the 2,000th of his career as Wheaton (Ill.) edged Elmhurst 58-55. Francis, who used a year of eligibilty at a two-year school, has scored the 2,000 career points in just shy of three Division III seasons. Francis, the leading scorer in Division III men's basketball, added 11 rebounds in the winning effort. In addition, Austin Coene of Roger Williams reached the 2,000-point milestone in a loss to Gordon, as did Jason Kenny of Misericordia, which left him only 898 points short of his coach, Willie Chandler. 

Hamilton's Michael Grassey scored the go-ahead basket in the final minute and his free throw with four seconds left clinched an 87-83 NESCAC win for the Continentals at home vs. Tufts. The 11th-ranked Continentals (19-2, 5-2 NESCAC) won for the third time in the last six days. Hamilton trailed by as many as 14 points late in the first half and didn't take its first lead until there was 4:16 remaining in the second. Tufts fell to 10-12, 4-5.

Noah Baldez scored a game-high 18 points to lead Coast Guard to a 73-58 victory over WPI. WPI had won the last 22 games against Coast Guard dating to the 2007-08 season when the Bears beat the Engineers 82-66 in the NEWMAC championships. It also snapped the Crimson and Gray's seven game overall winning streak this season. 

Sam Toney bounced back from his lowest scoring effort of the season by producing his highest output of the campaign, scoring 31 points as one of two Gothic Knights to notch double-doubles in an 85-75 NJAC road win for conference leader New Jersey City at Stockton. NJCU won for the eighth time in nine games, assuring itself no worse than the third seed in the NJAC tournament. At 17-5 overall and 12-3 in the NJAC, the Knights are just one win shy of securing a bye into the NJAC semifinals. Stockton (9-13, 7-8) sits one game out of tournament contention with the loss.

Nicky Bonura scored 22 points and Kenny Charles and Justin Cooper tallied 15 points apiece as Cortland defeated SUNYAC leader Oswego, 72-67, to hand the Lakers their first league loss of the season. Oswego, the top team among the "others receiving votes" in the latest Top 25, had its eight-game winning streak snapped and is now 17-3 overall and 12-1 in the SUNYAC.