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DII Roundup: ESU ends game on 22-3 run to win

WEST CHESTER -- Junior All-America guard Whis Grant had another standout performance with a career-high 31 points, and No. 6 East Stroudsburg finished the game on a 22-3 run to stay unbeaten with a 107-94 win at West Chester in PSAC East action on Saturday afternoon at Hollinger Field House.

Freshman forward Rasheed Moore tied his career-high with 24 points and added seven rebounds, and junior guard Matt Tobin had 16 points and 10 assists for ESU (18-0, 8-0), which trailed 91-85 with 5:38 left before rallying for its 18th consecutive win - tied for the longest active streak in Division II.

West Chester (12-6, 5-3), the PSAC East preseason favorite, used a 17-3 run to take its first lead since the first minute of the game before the Warriors responded.

ESU led 61-54 after a high-scoring first half, with Grant scoring 19 points and ESU going 22-for-35 from the field. The Warriors 61 first-half points and 107 points overall are both the most by the Warriors under 12th-year head coach Jeff Wilson, who won his 200th career game on Wednesday with a 60-44 win against Cheyney.

No. 1 West Liberty 133, Urbana 92

URBANA, Ohio -- Some of the longest streaks in the country stayed alive in the Grimes Center on the campus of Urbana on Saturday afternoon. The top-ranked Hilltoppers from West Liberty won their 16th consecutive game, defeating the Blue Knights 133-92. The winning streak is the third longest in the country in NCAA Division II. Urbana, on the other hand, dropped their 21st consecutive decision, extending the nation’s longest losing streak.

No. 3 Metro State 86, Western State 73

DENVER -- Metro State used a 31-9 run in the second half to pull away from Western State for an 86-73 win on Saturday night at the Auraria Event Center. The Roadrunners improved to 16-1 overall and 13-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with their 13th consecutive win, while WSCU fell to 1-16 and 1-12 in the RMAC. The 13-game winning streak is tied for the fifth longest in school history.

Mitch McCarron scored 21 of his career-high 29 points in the second half. He shot 11 of 14 from the floor and 6 of 7 at the line, while adding five rebounds and two assists. Brandon Jefferson poured in 19 points and had four assists. Nicholas Kay had 10 points and six rebounds. Will Sinclair scored nine and Jamal McClerkin and Raul Delgado had eight each to round out the top scorers.

Metro State never trailed in the first half, but the Mountaineers hung around as Metro State's largest lead was 11 points and went into halftime with a 35-26 lead.

WSCU came out strong in the second half and used a 15-2 run to lead 48-44. The Roadrunners countered with a 31-9 run, building a 75-57 lead with 4:14 left. Six different players scored during the run.

Metro State shot 53.4 percent in the game after hitting 58.6 percent in the second half.

Jordan Adams led Western State with 24 points and Mason Biddle added 20.

No. 4 Tarleton State 86, Eastern New Mexico 64

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – The No. 4 Tarleton State Texans (17-0, 6-0 LSC) tied a school-record with its 17th consecutive win in a 86-64 Lone Star Conference victory against the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds (9-7, 3-3 LSC) Saturday night at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville.

The last time a Tarleton team recorded 17 consecutive wins was during the 2011-12 season and it also matches the 17 consecutive wins that the Texans registered in 1990-91. The win also extends Tarleton's best start in program history, moving to 17-0 overall.

De'Andre Upchurch paced the Texan offense with a game-high 23, while Chuck Guy logged his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 assists. Emmanuel Andrews poured in 13 points for the Texans off the bench and Tashawn Mabry tallied 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

The Texans shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and then bettered that mark with a 59.1 percent effort in the final 20 minutes of play. Tarleton was better than 50 percent from downtown for the third time this season as the team went 11-for-19 for a 57.9 percent effort from beyond the arc.

The Greyhounds shot just 39.6 percent from the field on Saturday, which included Tarleton's defense limiting ENMU to just a 7-for-30 effort from the floor in the first half.

No. 5 Drury 61, Maryville (Mo.) 58

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kameron Bundy scored a career-high 25 points and Cameron Adams added 20 points as No. 5 Drury made the plays down the stretch to hold off Maryville (Mo.) for a 61-58 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory before an O'Reilly Family Event Center record crowd of 2,930 Saturday on "Overflow The O'" Day.

The Panthers moved to 16-1 overall and 8-1 in the GLVC with their 21st consecutive victory at The O'. Maryville fell to 9-7 and 3-5.

Drury trailed 52-47 with 8:32 to go, but battled back behind Adams and Bundy to make it tight down the stretch.

Tied at 57 with 1:40 left, Ben Fisher made a free throw at the 1:19 mark to give the Panthers the lead for good. After a Maryville turnover, Bundy added a layup with 21 seconds left to push it to three (60-57), and the Saints' Melvin Turner missed a 3-point try with two seconds left that could have tied it.

The Panthers corralled the rebound, and after Bundy missed two free throw tries, Drury fouled Maryville's Myles Jerrett on the in-bounds. He made just one of two free throws, Ian Carter added one for the Panthers with one second left, and the Saints didn't get off another attempt as the horn sounded.

The Panthers made 9 of 16 shots in the second half to finish at 54 percent (22 of 41) for the game. Bundy hit 8 of 13 shots and Adams made 9 of 12 to lead the charge.

Both teams had 25 rebounds, with Carter grabbing five to pace the Panthers.

Trae Pemberton had 16 points, Asa Toney added 14 points and Armon Provo had 11 points for the Saints, who made just 19 of 46 shots (41 percent) after a hot start, when they jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the game's first eight minutes.

No. 19 Lewis 76, No. 7 Bellarmine 68

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. -- Lewis scored 22 of the game's first 24 points, as the Flyers led from start to finish in the 76-68 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory against No. 7 Bellarmine at Neil Carey Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Lewis junior guard Ryan Jackson led all scorers with a game-high 23 points and three trifectas, followed by 19 points, six assists and six rebounds from junior point guard Jeff Jarosz. Flyer junior forward Julian Lewis and senior guard Nick Valla each contributed 12 points apiece in the victory.

For the game, the Flyers made 73.8 percent (31-for-42) of their free-throw attempts and their 42 free throws were a season high. Lewis shot 50.0 percent (19-for-38) from the field, while the Knights shot 38.3 percent (23-for-60).

Bellarmine did make a late run in the second half, as it drew within four at 70-66 with 20 seconds left following a 3-pointer by forward George Suggs (five points). The Flyers, however, hit all six of their free-throw attempts in the waning seconds to preserve the victory.

No. 8 Cal State San Bernardino 78, Cal State Dominguez Hills 72

SAN BERNARDINO, Cal. -- No. 8 Cal State San Bernardino earned its 15th consecutive victory Saturday, but it was not an easy task in 78-72 victory against visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills at Coussoulis Arena.

CSUSB (15-1 overall and 12-0 CCAA) extended its best winning streak in 10 seasons by hitting 53.1 percent from the field in the second half and continuing its quality play in the final 20 minutes.

The Coyotes trailed for only 53 seconds in the half and after the Toros tied the game 42-42 on a Darnell Martin jumper, CSUSB regained the lead for good.

A pair of Andrew Young free throws and a dunk from senior Joshua Gouch gave the Coyotes breathing room at 46-42 with 12:19 left.

The Coyotes led by seven on six occasions inside the final 5:55 and gained control when senior Kirby Gardner hit a jumper that put the Coyotes up 74-67 with 1:23 remaining.

Young had his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Martinez shared game-high scoring honors (18 points) with the Toros' Pierson Williams.

Wisconsin-Parkside 82, No. 9 Southern Indiana 71

SOMERS, Wis. -- Never trailing, Wisconsin-Parkside knocked off its third ranked opponent in the past six days, by downing ninth-ranked Southern Indiana 82-71 on Saturday for the Rangers' (16-2, 9-0 GLVC) ninth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference win.

Jimmy Gavin had a monster second half, scoring 20 of his 22 points in the final 20 minutes of play, finishing 7-for-10 from the floor while grabbing five rebounds. Riauka registered his ninth double-double of the season, tallying 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Colt Grandstaff added 18 points and Andy Mazurczak chipped in eight points while leading the team with six assists.

Nelson poured on 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Southern Indiana, with 22 of his points coming in the first half. Lawrence Thomas was the only other Eagle in double figures, contributing 11 points.

The Rangers scorched the nets in the opening half, hitting 62.1 percent (18-for-29) from the floor and 55.6 percent (5-for-9) from distance, finishing the showdown shooting 54.4 percent (31-for-57). USI shot 50.8 percent (31-for-61) for the game and was held scoreless beyond the arc until 3:04 left in the game, hitting just one 3-pointer on the day.

Parkside outran USI on the court, owning a 10-0 edge in fast break points and owning a 15-5 edge in points off turnovers.

No. 10 Lincoln Memorial 111, Catawba 90

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Three players scored 20 or more points for the 10th-ranked Railsplitters, who raced past the Catawba College Indians in the second half to capture a 111-90 victory in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday inside of Goodman Gym.

The Railsplitters (15-1, 11-1 SAC) won their 11th consecutive game and avenged a 63-73 loss to Catawba (5-11, 5-7 SAC) during the 2012-13 campaign. That loss on Feb. 2 was LMU's last defeat away from Tex Turner Arena, as the Railsplitters extended the nation's second-longest road winning streak to 11 games with Saturday's outcome. The Railsplitters also gained further traction atop the South Atlantic Conference standings, jumping out to a three-game lead following Newberry's loss to Carson-Newman.

LMU senior guard Chance Jones continued his recent tear, matching a game-high mark with 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting with a 2-for-3 clip from beyond the 3-point arc. Jones added five rebounds, three assists and two steals to his stat ledger. Jones has tallied 17 or more points in four consecutive games including a career-best 30 points in LMU's win against Mars Hill on Wednesday. Redshirt freshman Curtis McMillion matched Jones’ effort and provided his third double-double of the season in 28 minutes off the bench, recording 24 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.

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