Amy Farnum, NCAA.com
Clutch free-throw shooting to finish the game helped lift top-ranked Wooster over Wilmington College as the Fighting Scots fended off a late rally from the Quakers on Dec. 29 for an 86-79 win and a tournament title at the 48th annual “Mose” Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic.
Senior guard Ian Franks, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Classic, made two free throws with 18 seconds left in regulation to make it a two-possession game. Franks finished with a game-high 18 points, a day after contributing 28 points in the Fighting Scots’ defeat of No. 25 John Carroll.
Franks, a preseason First Team All-American by D3hoops.com, paced Wooster with 18.9 points per game. The Scots now head to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Bahama House Classic before starting their North Coast Athletic Conference slate on Jan. 8.
Need to Know
• No. 4 UW-Stevens Point has bounced back from a pre-Christmas loss to No. 7 St. Thomas (MN) with its third straight victory in holiday tournament action over the last three days. After an 11-point win against No. 20 Ramapo in Las Vegas on Dec. 27, the Pointers followed with a 92-50 rout of Colorado College the next day. UWSP then cruised by Simpson 75-42 to open play at the Cactus Jam Tournament.
• Whitworth head coach Jim Hayford collected his 200th victory at the helm of the Tigers’ program with an 85-69 win over Colorado College at the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas. Jack Loofburrow netted a career-best 31 points for the No. 6 Tigers, while Hayford’s record at the school improved to 200-55 in 10 seasons. Whitworth has completed its non-conference schedule and will return to the court against Pacific Lutheran on Jan. 7 for a Northwest Conference clash.
• Scranton was forced to stay in the Keystone State during holiday break as snowstorms wreaked havoc on travel during the last week. The Royals had been scheduled to play Ramapo on Dec. 28 and Ripon on Dec. 29. Scranton has been on hiatus since defeating Cabrini on Dec. 15, but will get back to action against Cazenovia when the Royals host the PNC Bank Invitational beginning Jan. 2.
No. 10 Augustana (IL) (9-0) and No. 12 St. Norbert (8-1) will meet in the championship game of the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30 after both teams won their opening round games of the tournament … Clark junior Brian Vayda notched a season-high 26 points to lead the Cougars to an 83-73 overtime victory over Penn State-Behrend at the Woodcliff and Spa Invitational on Dec. 29. Vayda became the 26th player in Clark men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. He achieved the mark in just 67 games played.