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No. 10 Williams gets by Colby

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams defeated the Colby Mules (7-7, 1-3 NESCAC) 69-62 on Saturday.  With the win, the Ephs (13-2, 3-1) posted a 2-0 weekend in NESCAC play as they defeated Bowdoin 69-64 on Friday night.

Duncan Robinson led all scorers with 27 points on 9-for-9 shooting from the field and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Michael Mayer had 15 and Hayden Rooke-Ley 10 for the Ephs, who were 46.3 percent from the field on the day.

"I've said it before, I think [Robinson's] one of the most talented first-years we've ever had here," Williams head coach Mike Maker said. "I think he's a go-to player as a first-year player, and his teammates and staff have a lot of confidence in him. We'd like to see him be more aggressive on the offensive end. He's developing, humble, mature and he's a very talented player."

No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Joe Ritchay recorded his first career double-double to lead Wisconsin-Stevens Point to a 65-48 conference win against visiting Wisconsin-River Falls on Saturday night at Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse.

Ritchay tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win for the Pointers (16-0, 7-0 WIAC), who extended their best start to a season. He shot 6-for-7 from the field in the game and scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half. Eight of his 12 boards came after the break.

Ben Gresmer, Grant Erickson and Ollie White each scored nine points for UW-River Falls (6-10, 1-6 WIAC), who lost its fourth consecutive game. After making their first three 3-pointers of the game, the Falcons made just three of their final 13 attempts from behind the arc.

 UWSP outscored UWRF 22-10 in the paint in the first half and 36-22 in the game. The Pointers also held advantage in second-chance points 18-6 and bench points 18-8.

No. 2 Wooster 69, No. 9 Wittenberg 62

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Wooster constructed a 19-point lead early in the second half and then held off a Wittenberg comeback attempt that saw the Tigers trim it to a one-possession game, as the Fighting Scots ultimately prevailed 69-62 on Saturday night at in the archrivals' first meeting of the 2013-14 season.

The win, plus a loss by DePauw earlier on Saturday, gives Wooster (14-1, 8-0 NCAC) a two-game cushion atop the North Coast Athletic Conference standings.

The key stretch of the game may have been the final 11:17 of the opening half. With Wittenberg (12-3, 6-2 NCAC) having gained a 13-8 lead, the Scots called a timeout at that point and regrouped, outscoring the Tigers 26-6 for a 34-19 halftime advantage.

Defensively, Wooster helped induce nine turnovers during that critical stretch as well as 1 of 8 field-goal shooting, while the offense featured eight points by Evan Pannell, including a fast-break dunk, and a couple Scott Purcell 3-pointers.

No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan 78, Wheaton (Ill.) 71

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- In a nailbiter that saw 12 lead changes and five ties, Illinois Wesleyan defeated Wheaton (Ill.) 78-71 on Saturday in front of an estimated crowd of 2,125 at the Shirk Center.

IWU improves to 14-2 and 4-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, as the Thunder fall to 10-6 and 3-2 in the league.

The Titans and Thunder went back and forth the first seven minutes of the game until Wheaton went on a 9-0 run lasting 2:26 minutes, stealing a 23-13 lead.

With just under eight minutes on the clock, the two teams were within a possession of each other until the buzzer when IWU concluded the half with a 39-38 advantage.

Wheaton had a 51-49 lead with 13:49 to play before a basket and free throw by Michael Mayberger gave IWU the lead at 52-51 with 11:43 to play and the Titans held onto the lead by as many as seven points the remainder of the way. The Thunder could get no closer than three points with 24 seconds to go but missed a shot with 17 seconds left and free throws by Pat Sodemann and Dylan Overstreet sealed their fate at game's end.

No. 5 WPI 64, Emerson 50

BOSTON -- Sam Longwell and Domenick Mastascusa combined for 32 points and WPI held a 37-22 advantage in rebounding as the league-leading Engineers went on the road to defeat Emerson 64-50 in a NEWMAC contest on Saturday afternoon.

WPI has now won 11 in a row and is 14-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in conference play. Emerson slips to 9-6 overall and sees its NEWMAC mark level at 2-2.

The Engineers jumped out of the gate quickly, connecting on five 3-pointers and holding the Lions to just 2-of-11 shooting from the floor in the opening 12 minutes, to pull out to a 21-8 edge. After trailing 33-21 at the break, Emerson got to within six on two occasions in the second half but a seven-point spurt for Longwell with about seven minutes remaining kept the margin in double figures the rest of the way.

Longwell led all scorers with 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Mastascusa came off the bench to drain 4 of 5 shots from the floor and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line en route to 15. Longwell narrowly missed a double-double as he grabbed nine rebounds. Ryan Kolb gobbled up a game-best 10 rebounds while Sean Doncaster and Zach Karalis each chipped in with nine points, and point guard Aaron Davis finished with eight.

No. 6 Amherst 82, Bates 71

AMHERST, Mass. -- David Kalema scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the second half to help lead Amherst to an 82-71 win against Bates at Alumni Gymnasium.

Shooting 50.8 percent (30-for-59) from the floor, including a blistering 63.0 percent (17-for-27) in the second half, Amherst improves to 13-2 (4-0 NESCAC) on the season, while dropping Bates to 8-6 (1-2 NESCAC).

Hitting six of his 11 shots and going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, Kalema finished just two points shy of matching a career high. Connecting on 4 of 5 from downtown, Connor Gach had a career-best 12 points, while Tom Killian added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. A day after becoming Amherst’s all-time leading scorer, Aaron Toomey netted 19 points, while also adding seven rebounds and six assists.

No. 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater 97, Wisconsin-Superior 52

WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater used a 30-2 advantage in points off turnovers to earn its fifth consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory with a 97-52 win against UW-Superior.

KJ Evans led all scorers with 19 points with nine rebounds while Reggie Hearn recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Cody Odegaard came off the bench to add 12 points to the Warhawks total.

The Yellowjackets pulled within four points (24-20) at the 6:27 mark, but the Warhawks scored 11 consecutive points capped by an Odegaard 3 to go ahead 33-20. UW-W held the advantage to go into the locker room up 39-26 after a last-second tip-in by Quardell Young.

Whitewater opened the second half with a 15-4 run to extend its lead to 54-32. The Warhawks stayed hot in the second half, extending its lead out to 32 with 10:35 in the game. The offensive assault continued as Wisconsin-Whitewater had its largest lead of the night, 97-49, with just over a minute in the game.

Evans was 4-for-6 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the charity stipe in the second half for 10 points and Eric Bryson and Drew Bryson scored seven points each. The Warhawks shot 50.0 percent (17 of 34) from the field in the second half and held a 26-17 advantage on the glass. UW-W's defense stepped up in the second half, holding Superior's Jarrod Peterson to only four points.

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