DIII Men's basketball daily roundup
Twenty-six first-round games were played Friday night
Cabrini 85, New Jersey City 76 -- Full Recap
RADNOR, Pa. -- Cabrini is advancing in the NCAA Tournament after an 85-76 victory against New Jersey City on Friday night at Nerney Field House. The win is the Cavaliers’ 27th in a row at home overall and first in the NCAA Tournament since the 2001-02 campaign.
Senior forward Dom Farrello led all scorers with 28 points, shooting 9-for-18 from the field overall and 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point stripe. Farrello also pulled down eight boards and swiped three steals.
Sophomore point guard Cory Lemons finished with 19 points, including 15 in the second half, and mixed five assists with four rebounds. Sophomore center Goran Dulac notched 12 points, converting 7-of-8 attempts from the free throw line.
Virginia Wesleyan 93, Delaware Valley 63 -- Full Recap
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Donald Vaughn led four Virginia Wesleyan players in double-figure scoring Friday as the Marlins rolled to a 93-63 victory against Delaware Valley in an NCAA Division III first round tournament game.
The Marlins return to the Jane P. Batten Student Center on Saturday, Mar. 5, for a 7 p.m. meeting with Franklin & Marshall, which won Friday's early game 69-56 against North Carolina Wesleyan.
Playing on their home court in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007, the Marlins rode momentum provided in part by a vocal, overflow crowd in the Jane P. Batten Center to take control of the game in the second half. VWC (24-4) led 41-27 at halftime and only 50-42 five minutes into the second half after DVC's Chris Ellis hit a jumper.
Wooster 74, Benedictine (IL) 68 -- Full Recap
WOOSTER, Ohio -- The College of Wooster's 15-point lead early in the second half was eventually whittled down to three, but the Fighting Scots hung on for a 74-68 victory against Benedictine (Ill.) in the teams' NCAA Div. III Men's Basketball Championship first-round game Friday night at a raucous Timken Gymnasium.
Wooster (27-2) advances to face Manchester College (22-6), which, catapulted by a 15-0 start, defeated Bethany (W. Va.) College 70-58 earlier in the evening, on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Ahead 38-30 at halftime, the Scots dropped in the opening seven points of the second to open up that 15-point cushion. Benedictine (21-8), though, got right back in it via a 10-1 run, making the score a six-point margin of 46-40.
Marietta 67, Centre 62 -- Full Recap
MARIETTA, Ohio -- Thirty-six year later, Marietta gets another shot at Wittenberg in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball tournament.
The Pioneers (26-3) advanced with a 67-62 victory against Centre (Ky.) in front of 1,541 at Ban Johnson Arena Friday night.
St. Thomas (MN) 70, Northwestern (MN) 60 -- Full Recap
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Senior guard Tyler Nicolai scored all of his 17 points in the second half, including nine during a game-closing 16-5 run, as No. 8-ranked St. Thomas outlasted Northwestern College 70-60 in Friday's NCAA men's basketball playoff game at UST's Schoenecker Arena.
A near capacity crowd of 1,575 watched as the Tommies (25-3) posted their 14th second-half comeback win and improved to 14-1 at home this season. They helped force 12 second-half turnovers by the Eagles (21-7) and used a late surge of offensive boards to post a 36-31 rebounding advantage.
St. Thomas also posted a 24-7 advantage in bench points, led by John Nance (14 points, six rebounds, three steals).
Luther 68, Concordia (WI) 61 -- Full Recap
MEQUON, Wis. -- The home crowd was enormous and electric, but in the end Luther's superior rebounding and inside offense was the difference as the visitors overcame a two point deficit in the closing minutes to end Concordia (Wis.)'s season 68-61 tonight in the Buuck Fieldhouse.
Concordia (23-5) trailed 30-29 at the break and overcame a seven point halftime deficit to grab a 57-56 lead on Cory Stark's only basket of the game with 2:24 remaining.
Luther's Rick Aleman's long 3 pointer broke a 57-57 tie at 1:27 and it was downhill from there for Concordia as the Falcons missed 5 three point efforts in the closing minute while Luther closed the game with free throws.
Wittenberg 74, La Roche 68 -- Full Recap
MARIETTA, Ohio -- Wittenberg’s Clayton Black expected the Tigers’ first-round NCAA game with La Roche to be physical.
But he never expected Wittenberg (20-8) would build as much as a 22-point lead and eventually win 74-68 without leading scorer Chris Sullivan making a single basket Friday night at Ban Johnson Arena.
Wittenberg coach Bill Brown was pleased with the Tigers’ overall performance, including a dominant first-half that gave them a 42-26 advantage.
For La Roche (25-3) it was the end of a special season, but also an extremely emotional one. In December, La Roche coach Scott Lang died during a practice. The Redhawks rallied behind their fallen coach to win the AMCC.
Buffalo State 83, Gwynedd Mercy 73 -- Full Recap
MAHWAH, N.J. -- In the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship, Chris Cartwright sank a team leading 21 points and Jake Simmons netted 19, as the Bengals of Buffalo State, who won the SUNYAC Championship to earn a bid to the tournament, defeated the Griffins of Gwynedd Mercy, who earned a spot with an at-large bid, tonight at the Bradley Center.
The Bengals posted a 83-73 victory, after falling behind early in the opening half. The Bengals improve to 22-6 overall on the year while the Griffins wrap up the 2010-2011 season standing at 21-7.
Franklin & Marshall 69, North Carolina Wesleyan 56 -- Full Recap
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Hayk Gyokchyan scored eight of his career-high 18 point in the decisive run as No. 18 Franklin & Marshall defeated North Carolina Wesleyan 69-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night. The Diplomats will face host Virginia Wesleyan or Delaware Valley tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm.
With the score tied at 48 and 6:02 remaining in the game, F&M (23-5) put together an 11-3 run that spanned four minutes to take a 60-51 lead with 2:22 remaining in the game. The Battling Bishops (21-7) came within seven points twice down the stretch, but Georgio Milligan drained all six of his foul shots in the final two minutes to help secure the victory.
Manchester 70, Bethany (WV) 58 -- Full Recap
WOOSTER, Ohio -- Manchester, currently ranked 21st in the country, posted a 70-58 win against Bethany (WV) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament held on the campus of Wooster.
Manchester opened the contest with a 15-0 lead against Bethany midway into the first half. MC stretched that lead to a 34-17 advantage with 4:34 left in the half before the Bison held Manchester scoreless for the final four minutes, making a 10-0 run to close the half with Manchester ahead 34-27.
Becker 80, Scranton 73 -- Full Recap
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Becker (24-4) made the most of its first NCAA Tournament game overcoming a six-point halftime deficit powering past Scranton (20-6) 80-73 with a rugged inside game in the game’s final 20 minutes.
Rajai Leggett posted a double-double for the Hawks with 20 points (14 in the second half) and 11 rebounds. Terrance Favors added 17 for the Hawks and Trae Jacobs netted 15, while Moody Doherty tallied 12 in the Hawks’ historic win.
Purchase 79, Hartwick 69 -- Full Recap
RADNOR, Pa. -- SUNY Purchase is moving on in the NCAA Tournament following a 79-69 win against Hartwick on Friday night on the campus of Cabrini College at Nerney Field House. Michael McNair scored a game-high 28 points for Purchase in the victory.
McNair shot 8-for-10 overall and knocked down 3-of-3 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. He also shot 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Marvin Billups (13), Corey Orgias (11) and Charles Thompson (13) also reached double figures for Purchase. Purchase (22-4) shot 47.3 percent from the field for the game.
Rhode Island College 83, Penn St.-Behrend 54 -- Full Recap
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Rhode Island College (20-7) fired a scorching 60.4 percent from the field to sink Penn State-Behrend (23-5) 83-54 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament Friday night at Max Ziel Gymnasium. Rhode Island College used a 12-0 run midway through the first half en route to posting a 44-25 lead at intermission, and never looked back. The Anchormen will face the winner of Oswego State/Wells at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday at Max Ziel Gymnasium.
Antone Gray scored a game-high 19 points for the victors, while also joining the 1,000-point club with 1,010 career points. He was joined in double-digits by Mike Akinrola, who chipped in 16 points to go along with six boards. Three Lion players scored ten or more points as Justin Kovac scored 17, Chris Saltzman added 11, and Adam Palcic posted 10.
Amherst 79, Skidmore 39 -- Full Recap
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Freshman Aaron Toomey led all scorers with 16 points in a balanced scoring attack to help lead Amherst to a 79-39 triumph against Skidmore in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament at WPI’s Harrington Auditorium.
The Lord Jeffs who improve their season mark to 23-3 will await their opponent for the next round which features WPI and Bridgewater State. The Thoroughbreds, who were making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, end their 2010-11 campaign at 18-10.
Rochester 81, Elms 70 -- Full Recap
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Rochester, playing its first postseason game in three years, defeated Elms 81-70, in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Ben Light Gymnasium on the campus of Ithaca. They will play MIT tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Randolph-Macon 62, Alvernia 59 (OT) -- Full Recap
ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. -- Randolph-Macon (25-4) advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament with a 62-59 overtime victory against Alvernia (18-7) Friday evening at the O’Brien ARC Arena on the campus of host St. Mary’s College (Md.).
The Yellow Jackets advance to the second round of the national tournament for the second consecutive year and will face St. Mary's (MD).
Hope 73, Hanover 70 -- Full Recap
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Hanover lost to Hope 73-70 in the first round of the NCAA III national tournament. The Panthers and Flying Dutchmen tangled Friday, March 4, in Rock Island, Ill.
Junior forward Mike Case posted career highs with 34 points and 17 rebounds to pace Hanover (19-8). Sophomore guard Ryan Nowicki (Carmel, Ind.) tossed in 14 points and senior forward Mitchell Meyer closed his career with seven points and eight rebounds.
Illinois Wesleyan 83, Wisconsin-River Falls 76 -- Full Recap
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- All five Illinois Wesleyan starters scored in double figures en route to an 83-76 win against Wisconsin-River Falls in the NCAA Division III first round on Friday, March 4 in St. Paul, Minn.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point 70, St. Norbert 49 -- Full Recap
MEQUON, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Stevens Point shot a blistering 61.5 percent from the floor in the game's opening half and knocked down eight three-pointers on their way to a 70-49 victory against St. Norbert in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament at Concordia (Wis.).
The Pointers were able to jump out to an early 15 point lead in the first half thanks to some excellent three-point shooting from both Louis Hurd and Jerrel Harris. In a 3:19 stretch Hurd connected on 4-of-4 threes and Harris also connected on both of his three-point attempts.
WPI 58, Bridgewater State 57 -- Full Recap
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior Jeff Robinson’s 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left was the difference as he helped lift WPI to a dramatic 58-57 victory this evening against visiting Bridgewater State in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball tournament.
The Engineers (23-5) move on to play Amherst in the second round tomorrow at Harrington Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Bears saw their four-game win streak come to an end as their 2010-11 season finishes at 19-10.
Johnson & Wales 114, Ramapo 106 (OT) -- Full Recap
MAHWAH, N.J. -- Behind 43 points from Lamonte Thomas, the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales defeated Ramapo 114-106 in overtime, to advance to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. The victory marks the first NCAA win in the school's history in any sport. The Wildcats will advance to tomorrow's second round match-up with Buffalo State at 7 p.m. ET at the Bradley Center. Johnson & Wales improves to 21-8 overall while Ramapo wraps up the year at 20-7.
MIT 82, Ithaca 78 -- Full Recap
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Mitchell Kates scored four points in the final 22 seconds to help MIT secure a 82-78 win against host Ithaca in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball First Round on Friday night. Kates and Jamie Karraker finished with 25 points apiece for the Engineers, in a back-and-forth affair that featured 16 lead changes and eight ties. Miles Grier led all scorers with a career-high 34 points for the Bombers, whose season comes to an end at 21-7.
MIT improved to 20-8, the third consecutive 20-win campaign for coach Larry Anderson’s squad, and will take on Rochester in the Second Round on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Oswego State 64, Wells 58 -- Full Recap
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- In a battle of NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament newcomers, Oswego State (24-4) used its defense to move into the second round after scoring 25 points off of turnovers in a 64-58 win against Wells (17-12) Friday night at Max Ziel Gymnasium. The host Lakers held a three-point lead with under a minute to play when forward Chris Gilkes drew a charge in the paint that forced the 1,000-plus crowd to its feet followed by a pair of free throws from SUNYAC Player of the Year Chad Burridge to make it a two-possession game. Oswego State will face Rhode Island College (20-7) in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Second Round at 7 p.m. at Max Ziel Gymnasium.
Williams 86, Husson 83 (OT) -- Full Recap
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams battled Husson to an overtime victory tonight in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Ephs, who are hosting the first round at Chandler Gymnasium, won 86-83 behind ten points in the overtime period -- seven of which came from James Wang. The Ephs move to 26-2 on the year while the Eagles finished their season at 21-7.
Augustana (IL) 76, Webster 51 -- Full Recap
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Webster was often outsized this season, but had not faced a front line as imposing as Augustana’s pair of 6-foot-9 forwards, as the Vikings downed the Gorloks 76-51.
Webster, playing its first NCAA III tournament game since 2002, lost at Rock Island, Ill.
St. Mary's (MD) 72, Medgar Evers 55 -- Full Recap
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- No. 13 St. Mary’s of Maryland (23-5) advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship tournament with a 72-55 victory against Medgar Evers (17-12) Friday evening in front of a sellout crowd at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena on the St. Mary’s campus.
The Seahawks advance to the second round of the national tournament for the second consecutive year and will face No. 6 Randolph-Macon College (25-4), a 62-59 overtime winner against Alvernia in tonight’s earlier first round game.