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Hot shooting leads No. 3 Cabrini to victory against Neumann

RADNOR, Pa. -- Though the temperatures outside the Dixon Center fell below zero, Cabrini warmed up Nerney Field House tonight with a 92-68 victory against Neumann. The No. 3 Cavaliers improved to 15-0 overall and 9-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference with the win.

The trio of senior Fran Rafferty, junior Aaron Walton-Moss and freshman Brennan McCann combined for 69 of Cabrini's 92 points, including 9-17 from three point range. Walton-Moss led the way with 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Rafferty connected on 5-9 from deep, pairing 25 points and eight rebounds on the night. McCann posted career highs of 17 points and five rebounds to go with three assists.

No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 76, Wisconsin-Platteville 61

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- Top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point outscored Wisconsin-Platteville 45-28 in the second half to overcome a two-point halftime deficit and remain unbeaten with a 76-61 win at Bo Ryan Court on Wednesday night.

Tyler Tillema went 12-for-16 from the free-throw line on his way to scoring a game-high 20 points for the Pointers (17-0, 8-0 WIAC). Tillema also added seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks in the game. Chas Cross recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pioneers (11-6, 6-2 WIAC).

UW-Stevens Point trailed 33-31 at halftime but shot 18-for-24 from the charity stripe in the second half to earn the road victory. The Pointers shot at least 50.0 percent in both halves and 52.1 percent for the game.

No. 2 Wooster 73, Allegheny 68

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Doug Thorpe scored 21 of his career-high 26 points during the second half, which helped No. 2 Wooster survive an upset bid by Allegheny, as the Fighting Scots came back from nine down to prevail 73-68 in a North Coast Athletic Conference contest at Timken Gymnasium.

The Scots' defense limited the Gators to under 40 percent field-goal shooting the second half, lowering their overall rate to .474 (27-for-57), while Wooster finished at .423 (22-for-52).

The biggest difference in the game was the Scots' ability to get to the charity stripe. They made 23 of 29 (.793) there, compared to the Gators' 7 of 10.

No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan 72, North Central (Ill.) 57

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Fourth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan outscored North Central (Ill.) by 14 in the second half to post a 72-57 win against the Cardinals on Wednesday at the Shirk Center.

Illinois Wesleyan improved to 15-2 overall and 5-1 in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play while the Cardinals lost for the fourth time in five games and are now 9-8 overall and 2-4 in the CCIW.

The Titans and Cardinals had four ties and five lead changes in the first half that saw IWU hold a 28-27 lead at intermission. The Cardinals led for the last time at 41-39 with 12:31 to play in the game and the game was tied at 43 before the Titans went on an 11-3 tear to claim a 54-46 lead with 6:42 left.

No. 5 WPI 81, Clark 69

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Swingman Sam Longwell led the charge for WPI against city rival Clark on Wednesday night at Harrington Auditorium, as he set a career-high with 31 points in a 81-69 victory.

Longwell scored 16 in the first half, hitting all four of his 3-pointers before the break. He then added four more field goals and seven free throws in the second half to help WPI to its 12th consecutive victory and its 26th win in a row at Harrington, tying Stephen F. Austin for the third-longest home arena winning streak in all of men's college basketball, one ahead of Florida and one behind Duke.

No. 6 Amherst, No. 9 Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tom Killian poured in 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting to lead sixth-ranked Amherst to an 82-70 victory against Little Three rival No. 9 Williams at Chandler Gymnasium.

Having now won seven consecutive against their archrivals, the Jeffs improved to 14-2 on the season, while dropping the Ephs to 13-3. 

Hitting all seven of his free throws, Killian also added eight rebounds and four steals, while David Kalema had 17 points. Connor Green finished with 10 points and seven boards, while Ben Pollack was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor, tallying 12 points and six boards in just 15 minutes

Wisconsin-La Crosse 88, No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater 83

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater's nine-game win streak ended with a 88-83 loss to Wisconsin-La Crosse on the road Wednesday evening despite four scorers posting double figures. The Warhawks are 14-3 overall and 5-3 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Eagles improve to 11-6 and 5-3 in the league.

The first half saw the score tied five times. The largest lead of the first 20 minutes came at the 1:56 mark with UW-L enjoying a 37-30 advantage. 

Both teams were efficient from the floor with Whitewater hitting 30 of 65 from the field compared to La Crosse's 29 of 52. The 3-point arc provided the difference maker in the game. The Eagles shot 63% with a season high 15 buckets from long range compared UW-W's seven. The Warhawks had a 36-28 advantage on the glass and forced five more turnovers than they committed in the game.

No. 10 St. Thomas (Minn.) 82, Augsburg 70

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Senior guard Erik Tengwall scored 14 of his career-high 25 points in the second half and the No. 10-ranked Tommies (13-3 overall, 10-1 MIAC) rallied from a 14-point deficit to top the visiting Auggies (11-5, 7-4) 82-70 on Wednesday night at Schoenecker Arena.

UST's Conner Nord had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Zach Riedeman and Marcus Alipate each had 13 points.

Augsburg made 15 of its first 17 shots and had just two turnovers as it built a 35-21 lead with 5:40 to go in the first half. UST closed the first half on a 10-3 run to pull within 42-37 at halftime.

After a quick Auggie basket, six Tommies scored during a 20-6 run that built a 57-50 lead with 12:41 to play. Augsburg got into foul trouble and never got closer than four the rest of the game.

St. Thomas had a 33-25 rebounding advantage and had just nine turnovers. Augsburg still shot 67 percent on the game but made only 8 of 19 free throws and was outscored 21-6 from 3-point range.