Late first half run fuels St. Norbert's 19th consecutive victory
RIPON, Wis. -- St. Norbert closed the last six minutes of the first half on a 17-2 run to take control and go on to a 78-62 win against Ripon in a Midwest Conference game at Storzer Center.
The Green Knights (21-1, 17-0 MWC), ranked No. 5 in the D3hoops.com top 25, extended their school record to 19 consecutive wins. The triumph also set a Midwest Conference record for conference wins in a season at 17.
Brandon Gries finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line. His free throws boosted his career total to 420, giving him the St. Norbert record after surpassing Jack Gebler's 417 from 1966-70.
No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 70, Wisconsin-Oshkosh 51
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Four players scored in double figures as the top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point clinched the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title with a 70-51 win against Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Wednesday night at Kolf Sports Center.
Trevor Hass led all scorers with 16 points, including going 4-for-7 from behind the arc, and grabbed nine rebounds for the Pointers (23-1, 14-1 WIAC). Tyler Tillema scored 13 and Joe Ritchay added 11, while Clayton Heuer narrowly missed out on his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The regular season title is 10th in the last 15 years and the league-leading 28th in program history for UWSP. The Pointers will have home-court advantage throughout the upcoming WIAC playoffs.
No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan 107, North Park 61
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois Wesleyan's 107-61 victory against North Park on Wednesday at the Shirk Center gave the Titans a share of their second consecutive College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship.
It is IWU's 29th overall league title, and a win against Wheaton on Saturday would be the Titan's 23rd outright men's hoops championship.
No. 8 St. Norbert 89, Allegheny 57
MEADVILLE, Pa. -- Wooster, up one spot to No. 8 in this week's D3hoops.com top-25 poll, outscored Allegheny by 16 points during each half Wednesday night, producing a decisive 89-57 victory that clinched the North Coast Athletic Conference championship outright.
Wooster (21-3, 15-2 NCAC) had already guaranteed itself at least a tie for the NCAC title, and now has claimed it outright just like all the others during the Fighting Scots' remarkable run that now sees them with nine conference championships over the last 10 seasons. They'll also be the No. 1 seed for next week's NCAC tournament.
Wednesday's win was wire-to-wire, with Wooster scoring the game's opening seven points at Allegheny (5-19, 2-15 NCAC). It did remain close until the Scots put together a 16-0 run late in the opening half to take control of the game.
No. 10 Wesley 70, Penn State-Harrisburg 40
DOVER, Del. -- Wesley's 10th-ranked team cruised to a 70-40 victory against Capital Athletic Conference rival Penn State-Harrisburg on Wednesday night at Wentworth Gymnasium. The Wolverines are now a program-best 21-2 on the year and 13-2 in the CAC while the Nittany Lions fall to 8-16 overall and 5-10 league play.
David Langan was dominant inside for the Wolverines, scoring a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, along with 15 rebounds, four blocks and three assists. Anthony Bowers matched his career-high with 18 points off the bench and Quincy Pettiford chipped in with ten.