Aaron Toomey leads second-half surge as Amherst cruises to 80-60 win
AMHERST, Mass. -- Aaron Toomey scored 22 second-half points and led a 30-5 run to lift third-ranked Amherst to an 80-60 non-conference win against Rhode Island College on Wednesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
The Jeffs (16-2) extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games and four consecutive against their regional rival. With the loss, the Anchormen fall to 12-7 on the season.
After a scoreless first half, Toomey finished the game with 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting, 3-of-7 from downtown and a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. Leading the team in scoring, however, was Tom Killian with 26 points, one shy of tying his career-high. He shot 9-for-14 from the floor and 4-for-7 from three-point range. He also finished with a game-high nine boards and a career-high five steals while David Kalema pitched in 13 points to join his fellow captains in double figures.
No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 74, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 50
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Tyler Tillema and Clayton Heuer combined to score 32 points in the first half and 42 in the game, as top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point topped Wisconsin-Eau Claire 74-50 on Wednesday night at Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse.
Tillema and Heuer shot a combined 11-for-13 and scored 16 points each in the opening half for the Pointers (19-0, 10-0 WIAC), who built up a 43-28 halftime lead. Tillema was 6-for-8 from the field, including a pair of 3s, while Heuer was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line in the first half.
After seven minutes of play the Pointers and Blugolds (8-11, 1-9 WIAC) were tied at 15 before UWSP went on a 10-0 run to take a double-digit lead. UW-Eau Claire missed eight consecutive shots during the run but recovered to get within five with 3:51 remaining in the first half.
UW-Stevens Point then scored 11 of the final 12 points of the half to take a 15-point lead into the break. The Pointers shot 70.0 percent (14-for-20) from the field and 80.0 percent (12-for-15) in the opening 20 minutes.
Early in the second half, UWSP established a 20-point lead with 17:30 remaining after a 7-2 run. The Pointers led by at least 16 and as many as 25 the rest of the way.
Tillema finished with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists on a 9-for-14 shooting night. Heuer scored 18 points, his second-highest scoring output of the season. Alex Richard came off the bench to record nine points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Blugolds were led by Lewis Mau's nine points. The Pointers limited Adam Hjelter, the WIAC's sixth-leading scorer, to eight points on 3-for-12 shooting.
The Pointers have now won 26 of the past 27 overall meetings against the Blugolds and the past 14 at home, dating to 2001.
No. 2 Cabrini 80, Gwynedd Mercy 77
GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. – It took every second of the regulation 40 minutes but Cabrini continued its perfect season with an 80-77 win against Gwynedd Mercy on Wednesday. The victory improved the No. 2 Cavaliers to 17-0 overall and 11-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
Four Cavaliers scored in double figures but it was junior Aaron Walton-Moss' performance that stunned the crowd. He scored 20 points and recorded career highs of 22 rebounds and 13 assists for his second triple-double of the season and just the eight of the season in Division III. Walton-Moss also scored the final four points in the last 11 seconds to seal the win.
Senior Fran Rafferty added 17 points and fellow senior Jon Miller 15 on 7-11 from the floor. Junior Vinny Walls chipped in with 13 points off the bench.
Trailing 76-69 with 2:05 to play, Gwynedd Mercy mounted its final run. The Griffins held Cabrini scoreless in the next 1:43 as it used an 8-0 run to grab a 77-76 lead with 22 seconds to play.
On Cabrini's next possession, Walton-Moss found Miller for a contested short jumper, which rimmed and into the hands of the perfectly positioned Walton-Moss, whose putback gave Cabrini a 78-77 lead with 11 seconds to play.
On the subsequent possession, the Griffins tried to drive the baseline but the Cavaliers forced a turnover. Gwynedd Mercy fouled Walton-Moss with 2.9 seconds on the clock. He calmly stepped to the stripe and knocked in a pair of free throws for a three-point lead.
In the game's final possession, the Griffins drew up a play that created a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. The ball hung on the rim for what seemed like an eternity before falling off.
Darnell Artis led Gwynedd Mercy (13-5, 9-2 CSAC) with 21 points, including 5 of 8 from beyond the 3-point line. Justin Knight added 15 points, while Tom McKeefery paired 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
No. 4 WPI 71, Coast Guard 65
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Senior Ryan Kolb led all scorers with 23 points to go with his team-high eight rebounds as No. 4 WPI held off upset-minded Coast Guard 71-65 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game.
WPI won its 14th consecutive, tying the second-longest winning streak in school history. The Engineers improve to 17-1 overall and 7-0 in conference play while Coast Guard drops to 4-14 overall and 1-6 on the season.
Sophomore Zach Karalis added 12 points while junior Sam Longwell and junior Domenick Mastascusa each added 10 points in the win for WPI.
No. 17 Ohio Wesleyan 62, No. 5. Wooster 60
WOOSTER, Ohio -- Wooster put up two potential game-winning 3-pointers in the final moments, but they were both off the mark as No. 17 Ohio Wesleyan completed a 62-60 comeback win over the fifth-ranked Fighting Scots on Wednesday night inside Timken Gymnasium.
With that result, there is now a four-way tie at the top of the North Coast Athletic Conference, with Wooster (15-3, 9-2 NCAC) and Ohio Wesleyan (15-3, 9-2 NCAC) as well as DePauw and Wittenberg all at 9-2 in league play.
The Scots uncharacteristically gave up a 10-point lead.
Ohio Wesleyan's Reuel Rogers was the biggest difference in the game with 21 points, including 9-of-13 field-goal shooting, and 13 rebounds.
Doug Thorpe scored 21 points to lead Wooster.
No. 6 Illinois Wesleyan 86, Millikin 52
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Sixth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan owned the final 30 minutes of the game en route to an 86-52 win against Millikin on Wednesday at the Shirk Center
The Titans improved to 16-3 and 6-2 in the in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin while the Big Blue lost for the sixth consecutive time and slipped to 7-12 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
The Titans and Big Blue were even at 12 with 11:51 to go in the first half before IWU outscored Millikin 26-15 the remainder of the first period to lead at halftime 38-27. IWU outscored Millikin 48-25 in the second half and limited the Big Blue to 26.7 percent from the field (8 of 30) in the final half.
IWU held a commanding 51-35 rebounding edge in the game, and the 51 rebounds is the team's best output of the season. IWU also forced 17 Big Blue turnovers (an opponent high this year) while committing 12. The Titans also had a season-best 11 steals in the contest.
Andrew Ziemnik led Illinois Wesleyan with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Dortch had 13 points.
Elijah Kinmon had 13 points to pace Millikin, while Deavis Johnson added 12 points, and 11 rebounds.