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Roundup: No. 2 Wooster rolls past Kenyon behind 12 unanswered points

GAMBIER, Ohio -- Wooster, which continues to be ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III (, closed the first half on a 19-4 run to grab a 44-23 cushion and outscored Kenyon similarly during the second half for a 92-52 North Coast Athletic Conference win Wednesday night inside Tomsich Arena.

Wooster (12-1, 6-0 NCAC) was trailing 11-7 early on, then scored 12 unanswered points, including five by Josh Kipfer and four from Jalen Goodwin, to take an eight-point lead at the 9:10 mark of the opening half.

During the final 5:27 of the half, though, is when the Fighting Scots really made their move, turning a 25-18 advantage into 44-23, with Scott Purcell hitting a pair of 3-pointers during that stretch.

No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 61, Wisconsin-Stout 60

MENOMONIE, Wis. -- Head coach Bob Semling earned his 200th career win, tying Jack Bennett for the most in program history, as No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point escaped with a 61-60 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) win against Wisconsin-Stout on Wednesday night at Johnson Fieldhouse.

The Pointers (13-0, 4-0 WIAC) trailed 60-59 in the final minute before Tyler Tillema hit a jumper with 15 seconds remaining. Following a pair of timeouts, UW-Stout's Alex Oman missed a 3-pointer and UWSP rebounded the miss and committed a foul. Trevor Hass then missed two free throws but Oman missed another 3 with one second left as UW-Stevens Point held on for the one-point win.

UW-Stout (8-5, 3-2 WIAC) led as many as 11 in the first half and held a 48-42 advantage with 7:51 left. UW-Stevens Point then scored the next six points on two buckets by Hass and a layup by Joe Ritchay to tie the score. The largest lead the rest of the way for either team was Stout's 55-52 lead with 3:30 to go and the Blue Devils were tied or held the lead for the final 10 minutes of the game until Tillema's jumper.

Hass scored a team-high 19 points for UWSP on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 from the free-throw line. Tillema scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and added five rebounds and four assists. Joe Ritchay chipped in with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Augustana (Ill.) 81, No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan 73

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- A strong first-half performance by Augustana kept the Illinois Wesleyan Titans from defeating the Vikings 81-73 despite final-minute efforts Wednesday.

The Titans now sit at 11-2 and 1-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, while Augie is 12-1, 2-0.

The Vikings went on a 21-1 run in middle of the first half, stealing away a 19-12 Titan lead with 11:16 remaining and going ahead 34-20 with 7:48 to play. The halftime score had Augustana leading 46-34.

Although Illinois Wesleyan outscored the Vikings 39-35 in the second half, the Titans were unable to overcome despite last-minute efforts. Augustana held a 33-31 rebound advantage and IWU was guilty of 14 turnovers to 11 for the Vikings.

No. 4 Cabrini 91, Cairn 51

RADNOR, Pa. -- After a 21-day break from game action, Cabrini wasted little time shaking off its rust. The No. 4 Cavaliers improved to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference with a 91-51 home victory against Cairn.

The Blue and White took control of the game in the early minutes, as it shot nearly 64 percent from the floor in the first half, including 10-16 from 3-point range. All 14 players who saw action notched at least two points and 13 grabbed at least one rebound.

Freshman Matt Forrest and junior Vinny Walls led the way with 12 points each. Forrest hit 4-5 from deep, while Walls connected on 5-9 from the floor. Freshman Brennan McCann added 11 points to go with a career high six assists. 

Junior Aaron Walton-Moss stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, eight boards, six assists and a blocked shot. Senior Jon Miller chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. Senior Fran Rafferty added eight points and five rebounds.

No. 6 WPI 81, Springfield 61

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Aaron Davis tied his career high of 16 points as WPI ran past host Springfield 81-61 on Wednesday night in the NEWMAC opener for both teams. Overall, the Engineers improved to 11-1 as the Pride moved to 9-3. The triumph also marked the 100th NEWMAC regular-season victory for head coach Chris Bartley. 

The Engineers had four players score in double-digit figures, led by Sam Longwell who posted a game-high 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting. Davis also added six assists while Ryan Kolb had 13 points and Zach Karalis added 12 off the bench.

Springfield's Robbie Burke turned in an 18-point performance to go along with eight rebounds. Sean Martin had an all-around game, tallying 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The Engineers came out firing, as Davis drained three from behind the arc and Kolb hit one in the first 4:30 of the game to take a 14-6 lead early on. WPI was 9-for-14 from three in the first half.

WPI took its first double-digit lead 9:10 into the game on a 3-pointer by Kolb and never relinquished it. The Engineers led 22-10 on the Kolb basket which was part of an 11-0 run for WPI. The Engineers had 3-pointers by three different players during the stretch that put them up 28-10 with 10:44 left in the first half.

No. 9 Wittenberg 62, Ohio Wesleyan 60

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Wittenberg has won nearly 90 percent of their games since moving into Pam Evans Smith Arena during the 1982-83 season. Even the most loyal Tiger fan would have great difficulty recalling a more unlikely victory than Wittenberg's 62-60 overtime win against Ohio Wesleyan.

Wittenberg trailed by 22 points early in the second half and by six points in the first minute of the overtime, but the Tigers reached down deep both times to stun the 22-ranked Battling Bishops. The win was ninth-ranked Wittenberg's 10th in a row, allowing the Tigers to keep pace with second-ranked Wooster atop the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) standings at 5-0.

Ohio Wesleyan, which defeated Wittenberg twice in the 2012-13 season, fell to 9-3 overall and 3-2 in the NCAC. Wittenberg is now 11-1 overall, with its only loss coming in the second game of the season at then-fifth-ranked Wheaton (Ill.). That game also went to overtime.

No. 10 Wisconsin-Whitewater 86, Wisconsin-Oshkosh 55

OSHKOSH, Wis.-- Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Wisconsin-Oshkosh 86-55 Wednesday night at the Kolf Sports Center.

Eric Bryson led all scorers with 15 points and Reggie Hearn recorded 14 points and eight rebounds on the night. The Warhawks shot 55.2 percent (32 of 58) from the field including 66.7 percent (12 of 18) from behind the arc. UW-W's (11-2, 2-2 WIAC) defense held the Titans (4-8, 0-4 WIAC) to just 37.5 percent (18 of 48) from the floor and 16.7 percent (3 of 18) from behind the arc.

Whitewater opened the game on fire, jumping out to a 23-6 lead at the 8:52 mark. Bryson made three 3-pointers and Hearn was 3-3 with a dunk in the opening minutes to boost the Warhawks.

The Titans battled back, bringing the score back to 28-16 with 4:32 left to play in the first half. That was as close as they got as UW-W finished the half strong, extending its lead to 18, 36-18.

Alex Merg opened the Warhawks' scoring in the second half, making a 3-pointer and a layup in the opening minutes to extend the lead to 21, 41-20.

UW-O came within 16 points in the second half but that's as close as the Warhawks would allow. UW-W posted its largest lead of 38 at the 5:28 mark in the second half.