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DIII: Cabrini hangs on to defeat Rosemont 75-74

ROSEMONT, Pa. -- Cabrini fought back from a 10-point deficit, its largest of the season, on Saturday before emerging with a 75-74 win at Rosemont. The No. 2 Cavaliers improved to 18-0 overall and 12-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference with the road victory. 

Six players scored at least eight points in the win, led by junior Vinny Walls' 14 points, who also grabbed four rebounds and served up four assists. Senior Jon Miller added 11 points and three blocked shots.

Senior Vernon Robinson made the most of his 14 minutes, tallying a career-high 10 points, including seven points in the final 2:21 of the game. Freshman Deryl Bagwell chipped in with nine points and a team-high six rebounds.

Cabrini connected on nearly 58 percent from the floor, including 10 of 20 from the 3-point line. The club also converted 13 of its 18 trips to the charity stripe, including 12 of 16 in the second half. 

Freshman Brennan McCann tallied nine points on 4 of 5 from the floor, while Fagan finished the day with eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.     

Dom Scafidi led Rosemont (9-11, 7-6 CSAC) with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Nadir Stukes added 15 points for the Ravens.

No. 3 Amherst 70, No. 19 Bowdoin 67

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Connor Green led all scorers with 26 points as third-ranked Amherst escaped with a hard-fought 70-67 victory against No. 19 Bowdoin at Morrell Gymnasium.

Improving to 17-2 against the Polar Bears since 1999-2000, the Jeffs upped their season mark to 16-3 (6-1 NESCAC), while Bowdoin fell to 17-2 (5-2 NESCAC) on the year.

Down by as much as eight in the second half, Amherst used an 11-2 run to retake the lead. Later tied at 51, the Jeffs built an eight-point cushion which the home team whittled down to 68-67 in the waning moments of regulation before Aaron Toomey hit a pair of free throws to cap off the scoring.

Connecting on nine of his 19 shot attempts, Green knocked down four 3-pointers in the second half. As a team, Amherst racked up 15 triples, with eight of the team’s 12 field goals during the final 20 minutes coming from behind the arc. Scoring 13 of his 16 points after the break, Toomey helped spur the Jeffs' rally, while also dishing out 10 assists. Tom Killian and David Kalema added 13 and 12 points, respectively, while combining for four rebounds.

No. 4 WPI 71, Springfield 70

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Sophomore point guard Aaron Davis slipped and nearly turned it over in the final minute of a Saturday afternoon nail-biter versus Springfield, but he sprung back up, got the ball back and went glass on a reverse layup for the winning basket with 53.3 seconds remaining. The host Engineers (18-1, 8-0 NEWMAC) led all of 3:37 the entire game, but rallied back from as far down as 10 for a 71-70 win at Harrington Auditorium.

WPI won its 15th consecutive game -- its second-longest streak in school history. The victory was also the 26th in a row in Harrington Auditorium and was the 250th career triumph for head coach Chris Bartley.

Robbie Burke was a force for Springfield, leading it in points (17) and all players in rebounds (13). He scored 15 in the second half, including seven free throws.

WPI junior Domenick Mastascusa led all scorers with 19 points, while Sam Longwell followed with a double-double, totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds. Davis was the hosts' third double-digit scorer with 12 points.

No. 5 Wooster 75, Wabash 68

WOOSTER, Ohio -- During an up-and-down second half, Wooster bounced back from a 57-54 deficit with 11 unanswered points, a run that proved to be the difference in the No. 5 ranked Fighting Scots' 75-68 North Coast Athletic Conference win against Wabash on Saturday afternoon at Timken Gymnasium.

Wooster (16-3, 10-2 NCAC) remains tied for first in the NCAC. Statistically, the two teams made an identical number of field goals (25) and 3-pointers (10), however, the Scots were more effective getting to the free throw line, hitting 15 of 18 (.833), compared to 8 of 10 for the visitors. Wooster's defense came up with 12 steals on 14 Little Giant turnovers, and committed just eight itself.

Doug Thorpe scored a game-high 20 points, his fourth consecutive 20-point game, while Kenny DeBoer, coming off his second career double-double on Wednesday, came through again with a season-high 18 points.

Xavier Brown contributed 15 points and a career-high seven assists, and Evan Pannell produced 13 points, his fifth double-figure game out of the past eight.

Ross Sponsler led Wabash with 13 points.

No. 8 St. Norbert 87, Knox 51

DE PERE, Wis. -- St. Norbert junior forward Andrew Schwoerer scored 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Green Knights to an 87-51 win against Knox in a Midwest Conference game at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (17-1, 13-0 MWC) won for the 15th consecutive time -- one win short of the school record. Knox dropped to 1-16, 0-12.

St. Norbert was in full command of the game after going on a 12-0 run following an early 4-0 deficit. The Green Knights led 20-11 with 8:50 in the half before going on a decisive 12-0 run during the next 6:15 to take a 32-11 lead with 2:52 to go. The Green Knights led 36-18 at halftime, with Schwoerer posting 16 of his points by halftime.

The Green Knights opened the second half on a 20-5 run, taking a 56-23 lead with 14:02 left to play on a 3-pointer by Tyler Pauley.

Schwoerer posted his point total on 11-for-15 field-goal shooting and made all four of his free-throw attempts. Pauley posted a career-high 12 points, while Austin Elliott added 10 points and five rebounds. St. Norbert shot 45.8 percent from the floor, making 33 of 72 shots. The Green Knights rebounded 25 of their misses, and held a commanding 53-30 edge on the glass. A total of 14 St. Norbert players cracked the scoring column.

Knox shot 31 percent from the floor, making 18 of 58 field-goal attempts. David Jones was the only member of the Prairie Fire to reach double figures with 12 points.

No. 9 Wesley 85, Frostburg State 49

DOVER, Del. -- Ninth-ranked Wesley scored the game's first 16 points and never looked back, defeating Frostburg State 85-49 on Saturday afternoon at Wentworth Gymnasium. The Wolverines (17-1, 9-1 CAC) have now won a program-record 12 consecutive games while the Bobcats fell to 2-17 overall and 1-10 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

Four Wolverines reached double figures, led by David Langan, who scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Wayne Lennon notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while also dishing out five assists. Eric Selby and AJ Tilghman each tallied 13 points while combining for eight assists and six steals.

Off the bench, Xavier Grier had a career day with six points and seven rebounds in just eight minutes of action and Anthony Bowers also chipped in with seven points. Of Wesley's 28 baskets on the day, 23 of them came off an assist.

Frostburg, who shot just 31.1 percent from the floor, was led by Kurt Gangler who tallied 13 points.

No. 10 Wisconsin-Whitewater 70, Wisconsin-Stout 59

WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Wiscons-Whitewater  was able to fend off a second-half surge by Wisconsin-Stout to walk away with a 70-59 victory in Kachel Gymnasium. Whitewater is now 17-3 overall and 8-3 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Stout is 11-9 and 6-5 in conference play.

KJ Evans led UW-W with 19 points and seven rebounds while Quardell Young and Eric Bryson added 11 points each. Young was a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor and 1 of 1 from the charity stripe. Whitewater shot 52.2 percent (24 of 46) for the game compared to Stout's 47.6 percent (20 of 42). UW-W could not find the range from behind the arc, missing all eight attempts while Stout was 6 of 12.

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