GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- A strong shooting performance set the tone for the DePauw Tigers to knock off the second-ranked Wooster Fighting Scots 78-74 Saturday afternoon at Neal Fieldhouse. This is the first NCAA Division III loss for Wooster and just their second loss this season. With the victory the Tigers improved to 13-4 on the year and 8-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while the Fighting Scots dropped to 15-2 overall and 9-1 in NCAC play.
Second-ranked Wooster is the highest-ranked opponent the Tigers have defeated since 2002 and is the second top-10 team DePauw has taken down in the past two weeks. Additionally, this marks the third consecutive season that Wooster has entered Neal Fieldhouse as a ranked opponent and left in defeat.
DePauw dominated on the glass outrebounding Wooster 37-17 including a 10 offensive rebounds that led to 11 second chance points. The Tigers also won the battle inside outscoring the Fighting Scots 32-26.
Michael Wilkison had a game-high 23 points. Tommy Fernitz led all players with a game-high 10 rebounds and adding 19 points on his way to his seventh double-double this season. Fernitz also had four blocks in the contest. Frank Patton III had a career-high 14 points, while Luke Lattner rounded out the DePauw’s double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Wooster was led by Doug Thorpe with 22 points and Xavier Brown, who tallied 17 points. Evan Pannell added 12 points, while Kenny DeBoer knocked in 11 points in the loss.
No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 91, Wisconsin-La Crosse 72
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Trevor Hass set the school record for scoring in a game with 45 points as top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point recorded a 91-72 conference victory against Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday afternoon at Mitchell Hall.
The 45 points are five more than the previous UWSP record of 40, which was done on three occasions. Josh Iserloth scored 40 points in a game twice in the 2001-02 season and Hass equaled that mark on Dec. 29 against Whitman at the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas.
Hass shot the ball well from all parts of the floor, shooting 13-for-17 from the field, 9-for-13 from behind the arc and 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. The nine three-pointers tied the school record for a single game.
In addition to Hass' record-setting game, Tyler Tillema nearly recorded a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Clayton Heuer chipped in with nine points, while Ritchay had six assists.
The Pointers shot 54.4 percent from the field, 54.2 percent from behind the arc and 88.9 percent from the charity stripe. UWSP handed out 21 assists compared to just nine turnovers.
The Eagles shot 50.8 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent (7-for-22). Calahan Skogman had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead four double-figure scorers for UW-La Crosse.
No. 3 Cabrini 94, Keystone 84
LA PLUME, Pa. -- Four Cavaliers scored in double figures on Saturday as No. 3 Cabrini scored a 94-84 victory at Keystone in a rematch of the 2013 CSAC Championship game. The victory improved the Blue and White to 16-0, including 10-0 in conference play.
Junior Aaron Walton-Moss led the way with 27 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks. Freshman Matt Forrest recorded a pair of career highs with 16 points and four three pointers in his third consecutive start.
Senior Fran Rafferty tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while fellow senior Jon Miller posted his third double-double of the season, pairing 10 points and 10 boards in the win.
The Cavaliers continued its hot shooting from the field, connecting on 53.6% percent, including 9 of 19 from 3-point range. Cabrini also dominated the painted area, outscoring the Giants 50-22 in the lane. It also owned a 48-33 rebounding advantage, including 14-7 in offensive rebounds.
Duncan Lunsford led four Giants (7-9, 4-5 CSAC) in double figures with 27 points and seven rebounds. Mles Dargan added 16 points and Jesse Longmire 15 for Keystone.
Carthage 80, No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan 73
KENOSHA, Wis. -- Carthage (12-6, 5-2 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) moved into a four-way tie for first place in the CCIW on Saturday night with an 80-73 upset win against No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan (15-3, 5-2 CCIW) at Tarble Arena. Along with Carthage and Illinois Wesleyan, the other tied teams are No. 13 Augustana (Ill.) and Wheaton (Ill.).
Carthage shot 53 percent (27 of 51), including 11 of 21 3-pointers, while Illinois Wesleyan shot 45 percent (29 of 65), including 9 of 28 from 3-point range. The Red Men got to the free-throw line 22 times and made 15, while the Titans connected on 6 of 12 free throws. IWU out-rebounded Carthage by a 35-31 margin.
Carthage's Malcom Kelly scored a game-high 25 points, 15 of those in the first half. Kelly connected on 8 of 14 field goals, including 5 of 8 3-pointers, and 4 of 6 free throws, along with four rebounds. Marlon Senior scored 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, and 5 of 6 free throws, along with seven boards and three assists. Reese Herth added 13 points. Four Illinois Wesleyan starters scored in double figures, with Andrew Ziemnik leading the way with 15 points and eight rebounds. Victor Davis had 12 points and a game-high 10 boards, Dylan Overstreet 11 points and four assists, and Pat Sodemann chipped in 10 points.
No. 5 WPI 83, Wheaton (Mass.) 69
NORTON, Mass. -- Wheaton (Mass.) held a 44-41 advantage against No. 5 WPI at the half, but the Engineers slowly chipped away at their deficit to come away with an eventual 83-69 victory against the Lyons in NEWMAC action on Saturday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium. With the win, the Engineers extended their winning streak to 13 games, which is now tied for the third-longest streak in the 100-plus-year history of the program.
Freshman guard Agyei Gregory guided Wheaton in the opening half scoring 21 points going 7 of 9 from the field, 3 of 5 from long distance and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Gregory, who buried six consecutive shots to start his afternoon, finished with 25 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block. Senior guard Will Bayliss scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half to go along with four assists, two rebounds and a steal. Junior guard Eddie Capstick contributed nine points, while freshman forward Quinton Dale tallied five points, hauled in six boards and notched one block.
The Engineers held a 37-27 differential on the boards, a 40-32 margin in points in the paint and a 37-13 gap in bench points. Wheaton took advantage of turnovers outscoring WPI 11-8 in the category and also recorded five steals. The Engineers, who entered the game ranked eighth among all NCAA Division III teams in assists dished out 20 total, nearly three more than their season average.
No. 6 Amherst 67, Trinity (Conn.) 61
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior tri-captain guard David Kalema scored 18 points to lead the visiting Amherst Lord Jeffs to a 67-61 win against the Trinity (Conn.) Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Saturday afternoon in Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity falls to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the NESCAC with its first loss in three games, while No. 6 Amherst improves to 15-2 overall and 5-0 in the league with its eighth win in a row.
Connor Green scored 14 points, while Tom Killian added 13 points and a team-high nine boards and Ben Pollack grabbed eight rebounds off the bench for the Jeffs.
Jaquann Starks paced Trinity with 18 points and added four rebounds, while Shay Ajayi had 17 points and eight boards, Alex Conaway added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Ed Ogundeko contributed seven points, a team-high nine boards, and three blocked shots.
No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater 62, Wisconsin-River Falls 42
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater cruised to a 62-42 victory against Wisconsin-River Falls on Saturday.
Sean Klemp recorded his first double-double as a Warhawk with 18 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 4 of 9 from the field, 2 of 3 from behind the arc and 8 of 10 at the charity stripe. Reggie Hearn added 15 points as he went 7 of 9 from the field.
Whitewater shot 66.8 percent (4 of 6) from long range and was 7 of 10 at the free-throw line in the first half. The Falcons struggled shooting the ball, hitting only 26.9 percent (7 of 26) of their shots and 2 of 10 from behind the arc.
The Warhawks are 15-3 (6-3 WIAC) after the victory and Falcons fell to 7-11 (2-7 WIAC) with the loss.
No. 9 Williams 88, Hamilton 68
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams defeated Hamilton (9-9, 1-4 NESCAC) on Saturday 88-68. The Ephs (14-3, 4-1 NESCAC) took a decisive lead early on only to see the Continentals come bounding back in the second half. With the Continentals unable to take the lead despite cutting the deficit to just one several times, Williams regained control just more than halfway into the second stanza.
Leading the way for the Ephs was Duncan Robinson with 24 points. Daniel Wohl added 17, and Michael Mayer recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Epley added 10 for the Ephs, who shot 50 percent from the floor on the day.
Matt Hart led the way for the Continentals with 20. Greg Newton added 12 – all of which came in the opening frame – and Bradley Gifford had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Hamilton was 39.7 percent from the field.