MARIETTA, Ohio -- In a game that featured 17 lead changes and 13 ties, Wooster, up five spots to No. 3 in this week's D3hoops.com top-25 poll, emerged with an 81-78 victory at 23rd-ranked Marietta.
Wooster (4-0) used a familiar formula, making the key plays down the stretch to hold off game opponent. Last weekend, the Fighting Scots put together a late defensive stand and ensuing free throws to get past Baldwin Wallace, the preseason favorite in the Ohio Athletic Conference, by a 76-71 count, and held off then-No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.) 77-75, thanks to extending a late possession with an offensive rebound followed by some makes at the free throw line.
Kenny DeBoer's late basket gave him eight points and he added five rebounds, tied for the squad lead with Scott Purcell, and four assists.
Tyler Hammond paced the Pioneers with 17 markers in the scorebook, Andy Dollman had 13, Garcia finished with an even dozen, and Brennan McKean notched 10 points.
No. 2 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 88, St. Olaf 66
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Stevens Point made 15 three-pointers on its way to its fourth consecutive win to start the season, an 88-66 non-conference victory against St. Olaf.
Tyler Tillema led the way for the Pointers (4-0) with 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists. The senior guard shot 10-for-18 from the field, including 5-for-7 from both behind the arc and from the free-throw line, and has scored 58 points in his last two games.
Trevor Hass also made five threes and shot 8-for-13 from the floor on his way to 22 points and also grabbed six rebounds. As a team, UW-Stevens Point shot 15-for-24 (62.5 percent) from behind the arc. The 15 threes are tied for the fifth-most in a single game in UWSP history. Entering the game, UWSP was second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 63.6 percent.
Carthage 80, No. 4 Washington (Mo.) 80
KENOSHA, Wis. -- Washington (Mo.) surrendered a 13-point halftime lead as the Bears suffered their first loss of the season at Carthage 82-80 Wednesday night. Washington U. drops to 4-1 with the loss, while Carthage improves to 2-1.
Senior guard Alan Aboona had 19 points on four three-pointers, while junior forward Matt Palucki had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Chris Klimek added 14 points and fouled out with 3:19 to play.
Marion Senior led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting, while Sykes Jr. (14 points) and Reese Herth (14 points) also scored in double figures for Carthage. The Red Men hit 25-of-33 (75.8 percent) from the foul line.