DIII Men's basketball daily roundup
Sixteen teams remain in the 2011 NCAA tournament
Whitworth 77, Chapman 63 -- Full Recap
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Felix Friedt and Michael Taylor combined for 43 points to lead Whitworth to a 77-63 win against Chapman in the second round of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament on Saturday night at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.
The top-ranked Pirates improved to 27-1 and advance to play 11th-ranked Marietta in next Friday's NCAA Division III section semifinal. The location of next weekend's games will be determined by the NCAA on Sunday.
The rematch of 2010's NCAA second round played out in very similar fashion. Whitworth would surge to leads, only to have 12th-ranked Chapman respond to the surge. But the Panthers were unable to get Saturday's second half deficit below 13 points and end their season with a 25-4 record.
St. Thomas (Minn.) 78, Illinois Wesleyan 70 -- Full Recap
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Senior guard Tyler Nicolai scored 24 points to lead the No. 8 St. Thomas (Minn.) into the NCAA Third Round round for the second time in three seasons with Saturday night's 78-70 home-court victory against Illinois Wesleyan.
The Tommies (26-3) will play next Friday against last year's NCAA champion UW-Stevens Point at a site to be announced. Augustana (Ill.) will face Mary Hardin-Baylor in the other Friday game. One of those four teams will be announced as the host site.
The Tommies improved to 15-1 in their first season in the new Schoenecker Arena. That includes a 4-0 postseason mark over the last nine days. UST has a eight-game overall win streak, all in a 22-day span.
Marietta 63, Wittenberg 62 -- Full Recap
MARIETTA, Ohio -- With the clock winding below 10 seconds, Marietta freshman Tyler Hammond anticipated he’d pass the ball to junior Trevor Halter for a potential game-winning shot.
Instead, Hammond floated a jumper over Wittenberg’s Alex Brandt with six seconds remaining to lift the No. 11 Pioneers (27-3) to a 63-62 victory in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship at Ban Johnson Arena.
Wooster 47, Manchester 45 -- Full Recap
WOOSTER, Ohio -- Manchester College got off a game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer, but it was short as The College of Wooster gutted out a 47-45 victory Saturday night at Timken Gymnasium to reach the sectional semifinals (Round of 16) of the NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Championship.
The second-round win puts Wooster (28-2) into the sectional round for the second season in a row and the seventh time over the last 13 years, and the Fighting Scots will next play Cabrini College (24-5) at a location to be announced Sunday.
Cabrini 91, Purchase 84 -- Full Recap
RADNOR, Pa. -- Cabrini is returning to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history following a 91-84 win versus SUNY-Purchase on Saturday night at Nerney Field House. The Cavaliers overcame a 13-point halftime deficit en route to their 28th consecutive home victory.
Sophomore point guard Cory Lemons led all scorers with 29 points, including 20 in the second half, on 9-for-17 shooting overall. Lemons also mixed in nine rebounds and seven assists while shooting 10-for-11 from the free throw line.
Williams 84, Becker 63 -- Full Recap
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams defeated Becker in the second round of the NCAA tournament today. The win moves the Ephs to 27-2 on the year while the Hawks finish their season at 24-5. With the 84-63 win, the Ephs move on to the Third Round.
Virginia Wesleyan 79, Franklin & Marshall 71 -- Full Recap
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan's search for an igniting moment, a play that could infuse fire into the Fish, came to fruition for the overflow crowd at the Jane P. Batten Student Center on Saturday when junior Ali Brown rambled down the lane and smashed through a monster dunk with 8:07 on the clock.
Rookie DJ Woodmore delivered the pass through the Franklin & Marshall defense to the 6-foot-8 Brown, whose stuff cut the Diplomats' lead to 60-55 and sparked a loud Marlin crowd for the remainder of the NCAA second round game.
More importantly, it was part of an intense finish, a 21-5 scoring blitz by the Marlins, who turned a 60-53 deficit into a 72-65 lead with 56 seconds remaining in the game. Georgio Milligan, the reigning Centennial Conference Player of the Year, attempted to carry the Diplomats on his shoulders down the stretch, but the shots would not fall.
When the final horn sounded, Virginia Wesleyan owned a hard-fought 79-71 victory and a berth in the NCAA's round of final 16 teams in the Division III championship tournament. It marks the third time in six years that Virginia Wesleyan has advanced to the round of 16. The Marlins will take on the Ephs (27-2) of Williams College on Friday, Mar. 11.
Amherst 92, WPI 70 -- Full Recap
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Amherst senior co-captain Conor Meehan recorded totals of 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds to help pace the Lord Jeffs to a 92-70 win this evening against host WPI in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Amherst (24-3) will play Rhode Island College in Friday’s Round of 16 at a site to be determined. The Lord Jeffs, who are now 26-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, will make their ninth sectional appearance overall and the eighth in the past 10 years. The Engineers end their season at 23-6 in their eighth tournament berth.
Rhode Island College 71, Oswego State 63 -- Full Recap
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Rhode Island College (21-7) will be making its second consecutive trip to the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament after defeating Oswego State (24-5), 71-63, Saturday night at Max Ziel Gymnasium. The Anchormen shot 55.3 percent from the field on 21-of-38 shooting as all five starters accounted for all but four of the squad's points. Rhode Island College will now face Amherst at a site to be determined.
The Anchormen led by just two points at the half, 31-29, despite shooting 52.2 percent for the floor as Carl Lee scored 11 of his 15 total points in the first half. However, the host Lakers stuck with their opponent due in large part to the play of Hayden Ward, who recorded eight points and seven boards, five of which came on the offensive glass.
Mary Hardin-Baylor 70, McMurry 67 -- Full Recap
ABILENE, Texas -- In round four between Mary Hardin-Baylor and McMurry, the Cru landed some big early punches but could knock McMurry out until the final bell as UMHB posted a 70-67 victory in an NCAA Division III National Championships Second Round game Saturday night in Abilene. The Cru improves to 23-7 on the season with the victory and UMHB moves into the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. McMurry finishes the season at 21-8 and was making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2001.
Augustana (Ill.) 88, Hope 80 (OT) -- Full Recap
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Brian DeSimone drilled a three-pointer from the right wing with 4.1 seconds left to send the game into overtime and Augustana (Ill.) went on to claim an 88-80 win against Hope in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament Saturday at Carver Center. With the win, the 26-3 Vikings advance to sectional play against Mary Hardin-Baylor at a site to be determined.
With Hope leading by two points, Flying Dutchman star Will Bowser rebounded a Kyle Nelson miss and was fouled by Troy Rorer with 14.8 seconds left in regulation. Bowser hit the first of two free throws to make the score 74-71, but his second attempt rimmed out and Bryant Voiles grabbed the rebound. DeSimone pushed the ball upcourt, fed Chris Anderson on the left wing and ran behind a screen at the top of the key. Anderson kicked it back and DeSimone drained the 22-footer to tie it at 74.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point 79, Luther 56 -- Full Recap
MEQUON, Wis. -- Louis Hurd and Jerrel Harris scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, as Wisconsin-Stevens Point advanced to its second consecutive NCAA Division III Quarterfials as they knocked off the Norse of Luther 76-56 at John Buuck Field House Saturday evening.
The Norse was able to stick with the Pointers for the first five minutes as they tied the game at four with a jumper by Tim Merritt. Then the Pointers defense stepped up.
Buffalo State 96, Johnson & Wales 72 -- Full Recap
MAHWAH, N.J. -- Buffalo State defeated Johnson and Wales 96-72 tonight at the Bradley Center to advance to the sectional round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship. Behind 28 points from Jake Simmons, the Bengals improve to 23-6 overall while the Wildcats wrap up the season at 21-9.
Buffalo State took control of the game early in the first half and never looked back as Simmons shot 9-17 on the night including 6-12 from behind the three point arc. Glenroy Carr pulled down a team high 16 rebounds and Carr chipped in 13 points for the double-double. Justin Mitchell, Norman Simmons, and Chris Cartwright netted 14, ten and ten points respectively.
St. Mary's (Md.) 68, Randolph-Macon 53 -- Full Recap
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- No. 13 St. Mary’s (Md.) (24-5) rolled out to a 12-2 start and never looked back as the Seahawks knocked off No. 6 Randolph-Macon 68-53 in NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship tournament Second Round action Saturday night in front of another sellout crowd of 1,200 at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena on the St. Mary’s campus.
Three Seahawks scored in double digits as St. Mary’s garnered its second consecutive trip to the round of 16, and third in four years. The Seahawks will face Buffalo State (23-6) in the NCAA Sectionals on Friday, March 11. The other two teams in St. Mary’s sectional will be No. 2 Middlebury (26-1) and No. 17 Rochester (22-5). The four sectional host sites will be released by Monday.
Rochester 60, MIT 52 -- Full Recap
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Senior Eric Zuk had a season-best 15 points and Will Tashman added 16 but it was not enough as MIT fell to Rochester 60-52 in the Second Round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball on Saturday evening. The Cardinal and Gray was outscored 40-27 in the second half, narrowly missing out on the Third Round for the second time in three years. Tech sees its season come to an end at 20-9, the third consecutive 20-win campaign for Coach Larry Anderson’s squad.
Middlebury 79, Western Connecticut State 53 -- Full Recap
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Sectionals for the first time, after a 79-53 win against Western Connecticut State in a second-round game. The second-ranked Panthers set a new school record with 26 wins in a season, against just one loss. Middlebury will next meet Rochester in the sectionals on Friday, March 11th, while Buffalo State battles St. Mary’s (Md.) in the other sectional contest with the site to be determined by the NCAA on Monday. The No. 23 Colonials finish their season with a 22-6 mark. The game was played before a sold out crowd of 1,200 in Pepin Gymnasium.