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DIII Roundup: Amherst extends win streak against rival Williams

AMHERST, Mass. -- Aaron Toomey finished with 16 points and 10 assists to help lead eighth-ranked Amherst to a hard-fought 84-73 victory against No. 5 Williams.

Extending their win streak against their archrivals to six, the Jeffs improved to 10-2 overall on the season and 2-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference play, while dropping the Ephs to 11-2 and 1-1.

Just two assists shy of tying a career-high, Toomey also added six rebounds in 37 minutes. Putting together a solid all-around effort, Tom Killian poured in 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting, while grabbing six boards and matching a personal-best with five steals. Connor Green connected on nine of his 18 shot attempts for 23 points and eight rebounds, while David Kalema pulled down a career-high seven boards.

No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 86, Wisconsin-Superior 69

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Three players scored at least 18 points as No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point collected an 86-69 win against Wisconsin-Superior in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Metz Mortorelli Gym.

Tyler Tillema scored a game-high 26 points and Clayton Heuer matched a career-high with 20 points, while Trevor Hass recorded a double-double with 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Pointers (14-0, 5-0 WIAC). Jarrod Peterson, the second-leading scorer in the WIAC (21.3 ppg) led the Yellowjackets (4-10, 1-4 WIAC) with 16 points but just shot 4-for-14 from the field.

UW-Stevens Point got out to a 49-33 lead at halftime, behind 14 points from Tillema and 13 points and nine rebounds from Hass. Austin Ryf, who tied his season-high with 12 points, hit three 3-pointers before the break, as the Pointers shot 57.1 percent in the opening half.

The Pointers held a 13-0 advantage in second-chance points, as they controlled the boards. UWSP outrebounded UW-Superior 42-29 in the game, with 35 of the 42 rebounds coming in the first half.

The win was the 201st in head coach Bob Semling's career at UW-Stevens Point, breaking Jack Bennett's program record.

No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan 74, North Park 57

CHICAGO -- Illinois Wesleyan  had four players reach double figures, propelling the Titans to in a 74-57 victory against North Park Saturday evening at North Park Gymnasium.

The Titans bounced back after a loss to Augustana three nights ago to improve their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin record to 2-1 and 12-2 overall. The Vikings are 0-3 in the league and 3-11 overall.

"North Park has some talented guys, they play with a lot of energy, they really guarded us and moved around between defenses," IWU head coach Ron Rose said on a WJBC postgame interview. "We feel pretty good about coming up here with a win. Now we'll have to come out Wednesday ready to play Millikin."

IWU seniors Andrew Ziemnik (16 points) and Victor Davis (13 points, 10 rebounds), junior Pat Sodemann (12 points), and sophomore Mike Marietti (10 points) combined for 51 points to contribute to the Titan win.

IWU started out slow, missing its first seven shots from the field, while North Park led 10-3 with 13:45 to go in the first half before the Titans went on a 22-0 run in the next six minutes to get a 25-10 lead with 7:38 before halftime, when they closed the first ahead 39-22.

The Vikings pushed IWU defensively in the second half, but the Titans were able to hold on despite an even 35-35 offensive performance from both squads.

The Titans outrebounded North Park 46-36 and forced 11 turnovers.

No. 4 Cabrini 96, Centenary 72

RADNOR, Pa. -- Cabrini faced its largest deficit of the season before rallying for a 96-72 home victory against Centenary (N.J.). The No. 4 Cavaliers improved to 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference with the win.

The Cavaliers got off to a poor start, as the Cyclones took control of the game in the early minutes. Centenary hit six 3-pointers in the opening 10:46 of the game
and built a commanding 29-15 lead. Cabrini turned the game around in the next 9:14 with tough defense and hot shooting.

During the span, the Cavaliers connected on 11-for-15 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, outscoring Centenary 28-10. The Cyclones managed just three field goals and committed four turnovers. By halftime, the Blue and White led 43-39 and never looked back.

Junior Aaron Walton-Moss had another monster night, recording 33 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 31 minutes on the floor. He shot 12 of 25 from the floor and grabbed five of Cabrini's 10 offensive rebounds en route to his seventh double-double of the year.

Senior A.J. Picard hit 8 of 11, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, finishing the day with 21 points.  Fellow senior Fran Rafferty matched Picard's 3-for-5 from deep, posting 17 points and a career-high three blocked shots.

Sophomore Clayton Roker led four Cyclones (2-10, 1-4 CSAC) in double figures with 12 points. Junior DJ Beausejour paired 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

No. 6 WPI 59, MIT 47

WORCESTER, Mass. -- MIT stayed close to No. 6 WPI for most of the game, but an off day from behind the 3-point line was too much to overcome as WPI prevailed 59-47. It was the first loss in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play for MIT, which received 14 points off the bench from freshman Ryan Frankel.

Justin Pedley was the only other player in double figures for MIT, finishing with 11. Andrew Acker was a point shy of a double-double, finishing with nine points and leading all players with 15 rebounds. Sam Longwell added 15 points for WPI and shared the team lead with seven boards for the Engineers. WPI out shot MIT 42.6 to 38.5 percent with MIT outrebounding its opponent 30-26.

No. 7 Washington (Mo.) 80, Chicago 69

ST. LOUIS -- Seventh-ranked Washington (Mo.) opened University Athletic Association play with an 80-69 win against Chicago on Saturday afternoon at the WU Field House.

Washington improves to 10-2, 1-0 in the UAA with the win, while Chicago falls to 7-5, 0-1 in conference play.

Junior forward Matt Palucki led the way with 26 points on 10 of 16 field goals, while senior guard Alan Aboona added 18 points and seven assists. Senior guard Tim Cooney flirted with a triple-double with 11 points, a career-high 10 assists, seven rebounds and five steals, while senior forward Chris Klimek had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Washington shot 51.7 percent (30-58) from the field in the win, and had 21 assists and a season-low nine turnovers. The Bears also outrebounded Chicago 39-30.

No. 9 Wittenberg 80, Hiram 79

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Three days after one of the greatest comeback victories in Wittenberg men's basketball history, the Tigers nearly saw the tables turned by Hiram before escaping with an 80-79 victory.

Just as Wittenberg came back from a 22-point second-half deficit to claim an improbable 62-60 overtime win against Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday, the Terriers rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to take the ninth-ranked Tigers down to the wire. Wittenberg struggled to close the game thanks to faulty free-throw shooting, but the Tigers did just enough defensively to hang on.

The win was Wittenberg's 11th in a row and improved the Tigers to 12-1 on the season, including a perfect 6-0 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference, tied for first with second-ranked Wooster. Hiram, which has overtime losses to Ohio Wesleyan and DePauw on its 2013-14 ledger, fell to a hard-luck 3-10 overall and 1-5 in the league.

Scott Masin led the Tigers with 18 points and five rebounds, while Zack Leahy added 14 points, three assists and four boards. Cody Phillippi contributed 11 points and six rebounds in 16 effective minutes off the bench.

No. 10 Wisconsin-Whitewater 90, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 51

WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Quardell Young led all scorers with 25 points as Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Wisconsin-Eau Claire 90-51 on Saturday night at Kachel Gymnasium.

Young was 10 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from the line and KJ Evans and Steve Egan both scored 12 points for UW-W. The Warhawks shot 55.7 percent (34-61) from the field and 8 of 18 from behind the arc. Patrick Souter was the leading rebounder with seven.