Swarthmore held off Christopher Newport to advance to the national title game for the first time, while UW-Oshkosh put away Wheaton to return to the finals, despite more than 40 points from Aston Francis.
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Wheaton Thunder men's basketball team had its sensational 2019 postseason run ended on Friday night. No. 4 ranked UW-Oshkosh defeated the Thunder 104-85 in the NCAA Division III National Semifinal at Fort Wayne's Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. UW-Oshkosh will play Swarthmore College on Friday night at 7:06 p.m. (EDT) in the Division III National Championship Game.
It's going to be a busy week for Wheaton's Aston Francis and Thomas More's Madison Temple, and it kicks off with each of them winning the honor which goes to Division III's most well-rounded student-athlete.
Aston Francis scored 45 points back in November when Wheaton beat UW-Oshkosh. That game seems light-years away as the teams prepare to meet again Friday in the Final Four. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Fort Wayne feature.
A record(s) shattering performance on the men's side highlights the weekend. Home teams, barely, holding their own highlights the women's weekend. Sunday night on Hoopsville, Dave and guests recap the weekend and look ahead at the Championship Weekends. Watch the show On Demand or listen to the podcast here.
Aston Francis scored a Division III NCAA Tournament record 62 points, including a fallaway 3-pointer in the corner with 11.7 seconds left to give Wheaton the lead for the final time. Swarthmore punched its first ticket to the semis as well, while CNU and UW-Oshkosh will make return trips.
Rock Island, Ill. - The Wheaton men's basketball team defeated Augustana 93-79 on Friday night in the Sectional Semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. Wheaton scored 63 points in the second half, out-scoring the Vikings 63-43 in the final 20 minutes of the game.
You've seen the headlines: 54 points against UW-Platteville, back-to-back 40-point nights in the NCAA Tournament, 33 points per game. But the most important point on that list of all those points is that Wheaton's Aston Francis is amazing. Here's how he got that way, in a Road to Fort Wayne feature by Nathan Ford.
Upsets, close games, tough matchups. It was a thrilling opening weekend of the NCAA Tournaments. We recap the weekend and start looking to next weekend on Hoopsville. Guests from around the country join us. Catch up On Demand or listen to the podcast.
The Wheaton men's basketball team defeated Wooster 78-70 in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday at Wooster's Timken Gymnasium in a second round matchup of the Division III men's basketball NCAA Tournament.
The Salem Rotary Club announced the 20 finalists for Division III's premier award recognizing excellence on and off the court. The men's and women's award winner will be introduced on Thursday, March 14.
Gwynedd Mercy advanced to the second round for the fourth time, Nichols won a nail-biter and Aston Francis scored 42 points, while Dom LeMorta outdid him by three to lead Alfred to a first-round win in its first NCAA Tournament game in a generation. More in the men's first-round wrapup.
Wooster won a nail biter in the first round of the NCAC tournament while Marietta fell at home to John Carroll in the OAC playoffs. Elsewhere Aston Francis extended his career and the Ohio Northern women upset Baldwin Wallace.
Naperville, Ill. – The Wheaton men’s basketball team earned a key 82-71 victory at No. 13 ranked North Central on Saturday night. Tonight’s win was the first Thunder victory in North Central’s Gregory Arena since 2012 and Wheaton’s first win against the Cardinals since the 2013-14 season. Wheaton, ranked fourth in the most recent NCAA Central Region poll, improves to 17-7 overall and 10-5 in CCIW play. North Central, ranked third in the NCAA’s regional poll, is now 18-5 on the season with a 10-4 CCIW record.
Rock Island, Ill. – The fourth-ranked Augustana men’s basketball team (21-2, 13-1 CCIW) defeated Wheaton 93-83 on Wednesday night. Wheaton (16-7, 9-5 CCIW) remains on the road for its next conference matchup on Saturday when the Thunder travels to North Central for a key matchup with the Cardinals at 7:00 p.m. in Naperville.
Kenosha, Wis. – The Wheaton men’s basketball team defeated Carthage College (7-12, 2-8 CCIW) on Saturday night 81-64. Wheaton has won seven of its last eight games and now owns a 15-5 overall record with an 8-3 CCIW record.
Aaron Jones poured in 28 points to lift North Central (Ill.) to 15-3, someone not named Aston Francis poured in 47 points, and someone who is named Aston Francis scored 45 in Division III men's basketball action on Wednesday night.
Wheaton, Ill. – The Wheaton men's basketball team topped Illinois Wesleyan 86-77 on Wednesday night in King Arena. Tonight's win gives the Thunder the season sweep of the regular season schedule, the first season sweep of IWU since 2009-10 and the sixth time Wheaton has swept the Titans since Wheaton rejoined the CCIW in 1967-68.
Wheaton, Ill. – The Wheaton men's basketball team hosted second-ranked Augustana (16-1, 8-0 CCIW) on Wednesday night inside King Arena. The Vikings hung on to earn a 77-73 victory against the Thunder. Wheaton is now 12-5 overall and 5-3 in CCIW play.
Elmhurst, Ill. - The Wheaton men's basketball team picked up its fourth-consecutive victory on Saturday night with a 92-85 victory at Elmhurst College (9-7, 4-3 CCIW). Wheaton improves to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in CCIW play with tonight's win.
Wheaton, Ill. – The Wheaton men’s basketball team earned a 79-61 victory at home against Carroll University (5-10, 1-5 CCIW) on Saturday night. Wheaton improves to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in CCIW play with tonight’s victory.
Wheaton, Ill. - The Thunder men's basketball team returned to CCIW play on Wednesday night with a convincing 77-57 victory over Carthage. The win snaps a two-game skid for the Thunder and moves their record to 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the CCIW. Carthage falls to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play. Wheaton will return to action on Saturday night, when the Thunder host Carroll University for a 7 pm tip at King Arena.
Aston Francis hit the biggest men's basketball shot of the night, burying a 3 at the buzzer to lift Wheaton at No. 8 Illinois Wesleyan, while the Thomas More women, playing their third road game in five days, held off Marietta's charge. More in Wednesday's recap.
Bloomington, Ill. - Down one with five seconds to play, everyone in attendance at Wednesday night's CCIW battle at the Shirk Center knew who was getting the last shot for Wheaton. Aston Francis nailed a step-back three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired, giving Wheaton a 90-88 victory over #8-ranked Illinois Wesleyan. The victory stops a two-game slide for the Thunder and moves their record to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the CCIW while knocking Illinois Wesleyan from the ranks of the unbeatnes at 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the CCIW. Wheaton has now won consecutive games at the Shirk Center for the first time since 2009-10.