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Roundup: Wooster captures tournament title

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Wooster led wire-to-wire for the second night in a row at the "Mose" Hole/Kiwanis Classic, this time defeating Hanover 63-53 during a Monday night affair at Timken Gymnasium. The Fighting Scots were the only team to finish 2-0 at the 51st annual event, with Thiel having knocked off Illinois College 56-45 earlier Monday, which gave each of those squads a split in this year's predetermined matchups.

Similar to Sunday, Wooster (10-1) got off to a hot start. The Scots opened up a 9-0 lead against Hanover (6-4), courtesy of two 3-pointers by Xavier Brown and one from Scott Purcell. After the Panthers cracked the scoreboard, Brown dropped in another from outside, giving Wooster a stretch of four 3-pointers in as many possessions and a 12-2 lead.

About 90 seconds later, Brown hit yet another 3-pointer as he started out 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and the Scots were ahead 15-5.

Wooster extended its advantage to 14 a couple of times -- 21-7 and 24-10 -- but Hanover played its way back into the game, pulling within 35-26 by the halftime break.

The Panthers continued to close the gap in the second half, even getting within one (39-38) on a Matt Wehner 3-pointer.

It was 43-41 around the 8:50 mark when the Scots made their move. They scored on seven of their next eight offensive possessions, with Josh Kipfer's offensive put-back giving them a 57-45 advantage with 3:43 to play. Wooster stayed ahead by three possessions the rest of the way.

No. 5 Williams 60, Washington & Lee 58

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Taylor Epley and Duncan Robinson each scored all 11 of their points in the second half on Monday to rally Williams past host Washington & Lee 60-58 in the championship game of the Washington & Lee Holiday Tournament.

Williams improved to 9-1 on the season while the Generals slipped to 4-6.

Williams' Michael Mayer blocked the shot of General Andy Kleinlein at the buzzer to preserve the victory. The Ephs trailed by four at halftime and by as many as six before a late spurt pushed them to the win. Hayden Rooke-Ley led Williams with 13 points, followed by Mayer's 12 and Epley and Robinson's 11 each.

Drew Kimberly netted a game-high 16 points for Washington & Lee. Kleinlein added 11.

No. 9 Washington (Mo.) 87, Fontbonne 50

ST. LOUIS -- Washington (Mo.) returned from a 15-day layoff for a season-high 15 3-pointers in an 87-50 win at Fontbonne on Monday night at Lee McKinney Court.

The 15 3-pointers made were the second most in school history, falling one shy of the school record of 16 set in 2004-05.

Guard Alan Aboona scored 18 of his season-high 24 points in the first half, connecting on 7 of 8 3-pointers in the win. He hit his first seven 3-point attempts of the game, and upped his career total to 129. Forward Matt Palucki also reached double figures with 12 points on 4 of 7 3-point shooting, while guard Tim Cooney added nine points and tied a career high with four steals.

Washington shot 56.4 percent (31 of 55) from the field in the win, including 53.6 percent (15 of 28) from 3-point range. The Bears also outrebounded Fontbonne 33-23 and had 21 assists in the win.

Fontbonne came out in a zone and that resulted in some good scoring opportunities early on for Washington. The Bears hit seven of their first 10 shots from the field, including a pair of corner three’s by Aboona, as Washington built a 17-2 lead six minutes into the contest.