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Wittenberg goes cold in second half of road loss at DePauw

GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- During the course of an 11-game winning streak, Wittenberg had shot the ball with great efficiency and dominated its opponents on the glass. The streak was snapped by DePauw, which parlayed stifling defense and a stunning 16-rebound advantage into a 72-46 victory Wednesday.

The loss left ninth-ranked Wittenberg, which had not been outrebounded all season, with records of 12-2 overall and 6-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, heading into the Tigers' annual showdown against league-leading and second-ranked Wooster. DePauw improved to 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the NCAC, good for a second-place tie with Wittenberg.

The visiting Tigers led the game as late as the 6:23 mark of the first half, following a 3-pointer by sophomore Alex Fultz. However, DePauw ended the opening 20 minutes on a 13-4 run to open up a 39-31 lead at the intermission and set the stage for a dominating second half.

No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 58, Wisconsin-Oshkosh 30

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point won its 15th consecutive game to start the season, the best start to a season in 116 years of UWSP men's basketball, with a 58-30 win against Wisconsin-Oshkosh in a low-scoring Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game Wednesday night at Bennett Court in Quandt Fieldhouse.

The 15 wins in a row to start this season eclipsed the 14 consecutive victories by the 2002-03 team that finished 24-4 overall and won the WIAC championship.

Tyler Tillema was the only player on either team to score in double figures, tallying 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting for the Pointers (15-0, 6-0 WIAC). Tillema also added seven rebounds and four assists. The Titans (5-9, 1-5 WIAC) scored the first five points of the game but shot just 23.9 percent from the floor, 17.6 percent from 3-point range and 35.7 percent from the free-throw line in the game.

After the 5-0 start for UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point scored 23 of the next 29 points of the game to lead 23-11 with six minutes remaining in the first half. During the stretch, the Pointers held the Titans to 2-for-12 shooting and six turnovers in more than 12 minutes of play. After taking the lead with 13:10 left in the first half, UWSP never gave it back.

UW-Oshkosh was led by A.J. Mueller's eight points and five rebounds, while Jade Royston added five points and eight rebounds.

No. 3 Cabrini 92, Rosemont 78

RADNOR, Pa. -- After a tough start, Cabrini found its stride and ran to a 92-78 home victory against Rosemont. The victory improved the No. 3 Cavaliers to 13-0 overall and 7-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.

Junior Aaron Walton-Moss posted his first career triple-double, tallying 17 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. He shot 7 of 12 from the floor and recorded four steals in 32 minutes on the floor.

Senior Jon Miller added 20 points on the night, connecting on 6 of 7 from the floor and 8 of 8 from the free throw line.  Freshman Deryl Bagwell and sophomore Brad Fagan posed 11 and 10 points off the bench, respectively.

Cabrini surpassed 90 points for the ninth time this season and shot a season high 57.7 percent from the field. The team's eight blocked shots also marked a season high, while its 18 assists are the second most on the season.

Junior Dom Scafidi led three Ravens (6-8, 4-3 CSAC) in double figures with 20 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Kyle Lafferty added 17 points and junior Nadir Stukes 10 points in the loss.

No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan 75, Millikin 57

DECATUR, Ill. – Fourth-ranked Illinois Wesleyanutilized its inside-out game and tight defense to push past Millikin 75-57 on Wednesday at the Griswold Center. The victory also puts the Titans tied for first in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

IWU sports a 13-2 overall record and is 3-1 in the league, while the Big Blue is 7-8, 1-4. IWU is in a four-way tie for first in the CCIW with Augustana (Ill.), Wheaton (Ill.) and Carthage.

The Titans controlled the score at halftime with an eight-point lead, 35-27, which propelled them in the second half to against outscore the Big Blue 40-30 for an 18-point win.

IWU outrebounded Millikin 45-32 and forced nine turnovers.

Pat Sodemann led IWU with 15 points. Nick Anderson had 10 points and seven rebounds while Michael Mayberger added 10 points and five rebounds.

Deavis Johnson led Millikin with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tives Gardner had 11 points and TJ Griffin added 10.

No. 5 WPI 66, Babson 62

Worcester, Mass. -- Junior Domenick Mastascusa and sophomore Zach Karalis headlined one of WPI best bench performances of the season Wednesday night at Harrington Auditorium as the host Engineers held off Babson late to vanquish their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference rivals by a 66-62 score.

Mastascusa led the fifth-ranked Engineers with 15 points, but it was Karalis (13 points) who emerged down the stretch, icing the game on a pair of free throws with four seconds left to thwart a Beavers comeback bid.

Overall, 34 points came from the Engineers' bench as stars Ryan Kolb and Sam Longwell were both limited by the Beavers (10-4, 1-2). Kolb contributed 11 points, while Longwell had eight points and eight rebounds.

WPI (13-1, 3-0) now sits alone atop the NEWMAC standings after running the gauntlet with consecutive games against Springfield, MIT and Babson. It was the Engineers' 10th consecutive victory overall and their 25th in a row at Harrington, matching Florida for the fifth-best home arena streak in the country.

It's the ninth time in program history WPI has had a double-digit winning streak, seven of them under head coach Chris Bartley, including a 22-gamer last season.

Babson's John Wickey scored 15 of his game-high 21 points after the break, but it wasn't enough as the hosts led the entire second half.

No. 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater 77, Wisconsin-Platteville 58

WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Eighth-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater won its seventh consecutive game with a 77-58 victory over Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Wisconsin-Platteville. It is the sixth consecutive victory for Whitewater against the Pioneers, dating to the 2010-11 season.

The Warhawks are now 13-2 and 4-2 in the conference while the Pioneers fell to 10-5 and suffered their first WIAC loss as they are now 5-1 in the league.

Alex Merg hit a big 3-pointer off a Quardell Young pass to go up by four, 20-16, and the Warhawks never looked back after that as they scored 11 of the remaining 13 first-half points to take a 13-point lead, 31-18, going into halftime.

Reggie Hearn and Young topped Whitewater in scoring with 16 and 14 points, respectively, with Young also dishing five assists. Leading the way for Platteville was Chas Cross with 19 points and six rebounds, going a perfect 7-for-7 from the field. Eric Gerber and Jake Manning added 11 points each for the Pioneers.