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Roundup: Riester's 3 downs St. Mary's (Md.)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Senior Bradley Riester scored a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds remaining to give Mary Washington a 66-64 victory against ninth-ranked St. Mary's (Md.) on Saturday in a Saturday afternoon Capital Athletic Conference battle in the William M. Anderson Center. The Eagles improve to 7-1, equalling their best start since 2006-07.

Riester led the Eagles with 17 points and six rebounds, while Dylan Farinet added 13 points and nine rebounds and Taylor Johnson scored 13 with five rebounds. Dom Morra scored 12 points and added four assists and four steals.

The Eagles shot 40.7 percent from the field (24-59), but made just 8 of 27 3-point looks, and went 10 of 16 from the free-throw line. St. Mary's shot 43.8 percent (21 of 48) and made 7 of 23 3-point shots, and went 15 of 20 from the charity stripe. The Seahawks held a 33-32 edge in rebounds, but UMW committed just 10 turnovers while causing 17.

No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 71, Saint John's (Minn.) 51

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- Tyler Tillema scored a team-high 22 points and surpassed the 1,000-career points mark as top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point moved to 7-0 with a 71-51 victory against Saint John's (Minn.) on Saturday at Sexton Arena.

Tillema entered the game 13 points shy of the 1,000 plateau and reached the milestone at the 8:05 mark of the opening half with a three-point play. The and-one capped a 13-point first half for Tillema, as the Pointers (7-0, 2-0 WIAC) took a 38-16 lead into halftime. Tillema is the 31st player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points.

UWSP shot 52.8 percent from the field in the game but shot 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) from three-point range. The Pointers outrebounded the Johnnies 32-24, led by Sean McGann's season-high six boards.

Defensively, UW-Stevens Point limited Saint John's to 40.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 29.4 percent on 3-pointers. The Johnnies bench outscored the Pointers' 33-25 in the game.

No. 2 Wooster 54, Wabash 41

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. -- After a cold shooting first half, Dan Fanelly sparked a 9-2 run for No. 2 Wooster to start the second and the Fighting Scots went on to a 54-41 North Coast Athletic Conference win against Wabash on Saturday afternoon.

Wooster (7-0, 4-0 NCAC) made just 6 of 22 field goals (.273) during the opening 20 minutes, but still managed to take a 21-20 halftime advantage when Doug Thorpe converted three free throws right before the break. That marked the Scots' first lead of the game.

Fanelly scored all nine points of that 9-2 run at the beginning of the second half, twice producing a steal and transitioning it into a layup on the other end, as Wooster went ahead 30-22.

Wabash (0-8, 0-3 NCAC) cut the margin to six at 32-26, then Scott Purcell connected on the second of his three 3-pointers for a nine-point cushion. The Little Giants never made it a two-possession game again, as the Scots led by eight or more the final 14 minutes of the defensive affair.

Wooster bumped its field-goal percentage to .367 (18-for-49) for the game and its defense helped limit Wabash to .341 rate (15-for-44), but the most significant difference came at the free throw line, as the Scots dropped in 15 of 20 (.750), compared to the Little Giants' 6 of 18 (.333).

Fanelly finished with a game-high 15 points as well as five rebounds and five of the team's eight steals, while Purcell gave Wooster a lift with a career-high 12 points, keyed by 3 of 6 3-point shooting. Also notable, Xavier Brown contributed five assists to the victory.

Kyle Aiton knocked down three 3-pointers as part of a 13-point day for Wabash.

No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan 80, Chicago 61

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Third-ranked Illinois Wesleyan extended a five-point halftime lead into an 80-61 win against Chicago at the Ratner Athletics Center on Saturday.

The Titans improved to 6-1 this season while the Maroons were handed their first home loss after three wins and are 5-4 overall.

Illinois Wesleyan was outrebounded by Chicago 39-36 despite a career-best 10 boards from senior Victor Davis, and the Maroons committed 12 turnovers to only seven for IWU.

The Titans, who never trailed in the game, jumped out to a 5-0 lead and were up as many as 13 in the first half 26-13 with 7:46 to play. Wesleyan took a five-point lead of 33-28 into the locker room at halftime, then outscored the Maroons 47-33 in the final period, leading by as many as 20 on two occasions with less than 2:30 to play.