WOOSTER, Ohio — Cabrini punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament’s quarterfinals with a 70-63 win against Wooster. The victory, the Blue and White’s 14th in a row, improved the team to 25-5 on the year.
The Cavaliers will face Amherst (27-2) on Friday at the Salem, Va. Civic Center.
Sophomore Aaron Walton-Moss led the Blue and White with his fifth consecutive double-double, posting 24 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five steals. Junior Tim McDaniels added 17 points, while senior Jeremy Knowles scored 10 points off the bench.
The Fighting Scots controlled the game in the early going, building a 14-5 lead less than five minutes into the game. Wooster’s advantage stood at 24-17 at the 10:15 mark when the Cavaliers put together one a run, going 16-0 in the next five minutes. Seven Cavaliers scored in the spurt, which included a pair of Knowles 3-pointers.
The Scots closed the opening half on an 8-0 run of its own, cutting Cabrini’s lead to 40-39 at the half. Walton-Moss posted 15 points and eight boards at the break, while McDaniels’ nine points help the Cavaliers within reach in the early going.
Guards junior Doug Thorpe and sophomore Xavier Brown paced Wooster with 12 points each in the opening half, including five of the Scots seven made 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.
The Scots wasted no time regaining the lead, as they continued their shooting from the first half. Wooster scored the first six points of the half, building a 45-40 lead. The Blue and White fought back, as Walton-Moss’ 15-foot jumper capped a 15-5 run, handing the Cavaliers a 55-50 lead with 10:33 to play.
Wooster got within three points on two occasions, but the Cavaliers had answers both times. A lay-up by junior Jon Miller and another Walton-Moss jumper immediately returned the advantage to five points.
The Blue and White held the Scots to just three field goals in the game’s final 17 minutes and forced six turnovers.
Junior Fran Rafferty added nine points and nine rebounds. Miller finished with six points and six boards.
Thorpe led three Scots (24-6) in double figures with 21 points. Brown added 17 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Kenny DeBoer tallied 10 points and six rebounds, while senior Josh Claytor posted nine points and 10 boards.