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Roundup: No. 6 Cabrini put up 100 in shootout

RADNOR, Pa.  -- Cabrini got contributions up and down its line-up today, as the No. 6 Cavaliers improved to 8-0 (2-0 CSAC) with a 100-71 victory over Baptist Bible College at Nerney Field House. All 15 players saw at least seven minutes of action, with only senior Fran Rafferty eclipsing 20 minutes on the floor.

Junior Aaron Walton-Moss led the Blue and White with 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists in 19 minutes. Rafferty added 11 points, while fellow senior Jon Miller tallied 10 points and seven boards in 15 minutes.

Cabrini was focused from the opening tip, as the club scored 18 of the game's first 19 points. Baptist Bible did not connect on a field goal until nearly six minutes into the game. A jumper by freshman Deryl Bagwell extended the lead to 23-3 at the 11:54 mark before the Defenders found their rhythm. Baptist used a 13-2 spurt to get within nine points at 25-16 but Cabrini responded with a 10-2 ruin of its own.

The Cavaliers shot north of 51% from the field in the opening 20 minutes and committed just four first half turnovers as it ran out to a 58-30 halftime lead. Defensively, the Blue and White turned eight Defenders' turnovers into 14 points. Cabrini's 25-16 first half rebounding advantage led to a 14-5 difference in second chance points.

With a variety of line-ups in the second half, the Cavaliers maintained their advantage, extending the lead to a game high 38 points after a pair of free throws by junior Vinny Walls. While the Blue and White's field goal percentage fell a few ticks and the club struggles from three point range, it continued to take care of the ball, surrendering just four second half turnovers.

For the fifth consecutive game, the Cavaliers connected on better than 87% of its free throw attempts, knocking down 20-12 on the day, including four each by Miller, Walls and freshman Brent Mahoney.

No. 3 Wooster 64, No. 24 DePauw University 48

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster used its best defensive performance to date, limiting DePauw University to under 30 percent from the field, which allowed the No. 3 ranked Fighting Scots to roll past No. 24 DePauw University 64-48 in a top-25 match-up between North Coast Athletic Conference teams at Timken Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

Wooster (6-0, 3-0 NCAC) has now collected three wins over top-25 teams in just six games this year.

UW-Stout 74, No. 4 UW-Whitewater 69

MENOMONIE, Wisc. - UW-Stout forward Alex Oman was pretty quiet in the first half.

Oman wasn't in the second as he propelled the Blue Devils to a 74-69 win over fourh-ranked UW-Whitewater Saturday with 18 second half points at Johnson Fieldhouse.

Stout (7-1, 2-0 WIAC) ran out to a 39-34 halftime lead as Josh Kosloske scored all 12 of his points in the first half, including draining a pair of 3-point shots, the first time the big man has hit two 3-pointers in the same game.

Stout built and held a lead throughout the game, relinquishing the only twice, then by only as much as three points. Kosloske showed the ability to drop in the deep ball to tie the game at 16:14 in the first half. The Warhawks briefly took a one point lead midway through the first half, but Stout's Hank Kujak (So, Blair) came off the bench to put Stout ahead with a 3-ball of his own and Stout did not trail again, taking a 39-34 halftime lead.

Oman, who scored two points in the first half, started heating up five minutes in the second half when he dropped in a 3-pointer at 15:35 and followed that up with a bucket about 30 seconds later.

Stout would build up to as much as an11 point lead with 3:40 to go. The Warhawks cuthe lead to four points, 70-66, on back-to-back 3-pointers from Alex Merg and Eric Bryson with 1:45 left.

Stout would not make a field goal the rest of the way, but kept the Warhawks at bay with two free throws by Jimmy Whitehead (Sr, Onlaska) and Oman.

Oman led all scorers with 20 points, hitting 7-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and 4-of-7 from the line. Oman was one of four players to hit double digits. Whitehead finished with 19 points, Kosloske and Aaron Jenny (Sr, Spicer, Minn) each scored 12 oints. Jenny led Stout with six rebounds.

Stout shot 58.7 percent from the floor (27-46), 46.7 percent from 3-point range (7-15) and 65.0 percent from the line (13-20).

Reggie Hearn and Eric Bryson each scored 15 points for the Warhawks. Hearn led all players with nine rebounds. KJ Evans added 12 points and Quardell Young 11.

The Warhawks shot 48.9 percent from the floor (23-47), 36.8 percent from 3-point range (7-19) and 61.5 percent from the line (16-26). Stout edged the Warhawks off the glass, pulling down 27 rebounds to 24 for Whitewater.

The win moved Stout's winning streak to seven games, their longest since putting together winning streaks of 10 games and seven games during the 2005-06 season. Stout last defeated Whitewater Dec. 4, 2010, an 85-80 win at Johnson Fieldhouse.

No. 5 Illinois Wesleyan 98, Washington U. 73

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Leading by eight at halftime, the No. 5-ranked Illinois Wesleyan  outscored No. 8-ranked Washington U. by 17 in the second half and cruised to a 98-73 win at the Shirk Center.

Illinois Wesleyan improved to 5-1 this season and the Bears slipped to 5-2. The Titans led 47-39 at intermission and won the second half 51-34, holding Washington U. to 37 percent shooting from the field in the final 20 minutes.

The Titans trailed by two early at 7-5 with 17:07 to play in the first period before the Titans went on a 15-2 run to claim a 20-9 lead with 12:12 remaining in the first and led the rest of the way, finally leading by as many as 28 with 4:42 left in the game.

The Titans handily outrebounded Washington U. 42-30 and IWU committed 13 turnovers to 12 for the Bears.

No. 9 Calvin 78, No. 13 Wheaton (Ill.) 51

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Calvin faced off against fellow top-25 ranked opponent Wheaton on Saturday afternoon on the second day of MIAA/CCIW Challenge. The Knights came in ranked ninth nationally while Wheaton came in ranked 13th.

Playing arguably its most complete half of the season in the first half, Calvin took the lead early and did not look back, claiming a 78-51 victory. The final score marked Calvin’s largest-ever margin of victory over Wheaton in men’s basketball and snapped a seven-game losing streak against Wheaton dating back to 2005.

The Knights (6-2) took an early double-digit advantage at 24-12, hitting 10 out of 11 shots to open up the game.

Calvin’s defense continued to play strong, and Wheaton (5-3) was held to a single field goal for the final 10 minutes of the first half while the Knights opened up a 45-21 lead by halftime.

Calvin shot 68 percent in the first half while the Thunder shot just 25%. Wheaton was 2-for-15 from three-point range in the opening half.

No. 7 Williams 80, Springfield 75

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --  Williams defeated the Springfield Pride 80-75 on Saturday.  The Ephs controlled much of the game, but a late rally from the Pride tied the game up with four minutes left to play.  The Ephs went 10-for-11 from the line in the final four minutes of the game to secure the victory.

"We just beat an NCAA tournament team that has rich basketball tradition and is well-coached, tough-minded, and physical," head coach Mike Maker said after the game. "I'm really proud of our guys because for us to earn a win against that quality of an opponent with the challenges we've had in the first term - obviously, I'm really happy about that. I thought again we had balanced scoring, we got to the charity stripe, made big free throws, and got stops when we needed to."

"I think we've had balanced scoring all year - I think we have six guys averaging in double digits on the season. Again, we're shooting a high percentage; we're well over fifty percent on the year from the field. Our defensive field goal percentage is coming down some. I think we're getting better defensively, but we still have a ways to go. Our balance is the thing I like the most about our team," he said. "We don't rely on one person. We're team-oriented. When we move the ball and trust our teammates and our system, we're difficult to guard. Having said that, I thought there were times tonight when we didn't pay attention to detail - clock management at the end of the game and some defensive assignments - but I'd rather have a team playing hard and with energy and missing assignments than the other way around."

Maker was pleased with his team's start to the year: "I give our guys credit - we're 7-1 going into exams and the holiday. If you'd told me Mike Mayer, our All-American center, would be out for five games, and we'd have these kinds of performances - particularly from Ryan Kilcullen - it bodes well for the return from the holiday."

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