MIT, EMU get first D-III defeat
There aren't any unbeaten men's basketball teams remaining in Division III. And after Saturday, there aren't any men's teams that are undefeated against Division III competition, as No. 7 Eastern Mennonite and No. 8 MIT took losses to Bridgewater (Va.) and Wheaton (Mass.). Saturday's men's scoreboard.
Dominic Trawick came up big for Bridgewater against its archrival, to the tune of 36 points on 9-for-16 shooting, 14-for-18 from the foul line, in an 89-83 win. The Eagles held Eastern Mennonite to 4-for-29 shooting from three-point range.
&&g-boxr&&Sophomore guard Brendan Degnan scored eight of his 15 points in the final two minutes to lift his Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons to a 60-57 upset of No. 8 MIT on Saturday. It's the Engineers' first loss to a Division III school.
Wheaton led nearly the entire way before MIT scored nine unanswered points to take a 53-49 lead with just under five minutes left. The Lyons, however, answered with back-to-back three-pointers by Degnan to take a 55-53 lead with 1:18 remaining. Degnan hit a layup on the next possession and the Lyons made their foul shots down the stretch to hold off the Engineers.
Early on in Saturday's women's action, Trinity (Conn.) entered the day at 13-2 but ultimately was no match for unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Amherst, which won 75-55. It was the closest game Amherst has played against a NESCAC opponent, though the Jeffs' next four games are Bowdoin, Colby, Bates and Tufts, all on the road. McDaniel, which has taken down ranked Centennial Conference opponents each of the past two weeks, struggled at home but eventually beat 6-11 Washington College 76-74 in overtime. No. 16 Tufts beat No. 13 Bowdoin 52-40 to sweep the NESCAC weekend from a pair of ranked opponents.
John Dzik made his return to the sidelines and got his first win in four years as the Piedmont women defeated Spelman 86-68. Dzik, the athletic director, is filling in as women's basketball coach for Jamie Purdy, who is expecting. Dzik won 483 games at Cabrini before he was fired at the end of the 2004-05 season.
Sophomore Sara Kinsley scored all of Gettysburg’s points in overtime to lead the No. 24 Bullets to a 60-57 come-from-behind victory at Swarthmore. UW-Stout took down No. 21 UW-River Falls 80-67, pulling into a three-way tie for third place, one game behind UW-Stevens Point. It's River Falls' third loss in four games. DeSales went on a 30-2 run in the first half to put King's away early in a 72-44 win. Andrea Hoover scored 19 points, all in the second half, to carry Lebanon Valley past Albright 62-54 for its eighth win in a row.
In other men's action, No. 25 Wooster beat archrival Wittenberg 66-56 behind 22 points from Ian Franks and a double-double from Justin Hallowell. Anderson survived yet another squeaker, as the No. 11 Ravens won at Mount St. Joseph 66-63. No. 20 Amherst got past Trinity (Conn.) on the road as well, 67-65. Lehman's Alain DelaCruz beat the buzzer from halfcourt (video) as the Lightning struck down CCNY 68-65. Top-ranked UW-Stevens Point didn't miss a beat on the road without its top scorer, rolling over UW-Oshkosh 73-54 without Louis Hurd.
Redlands went on a 19-1 run and held on against a Cal Lutheran rally to beat the Kingsmen 71-52. Lycoming improved to 15-2 and remained perfect on the road, winning at Alvernia 83-73. Freshman Chris Astorga stepped into the starting lineup for No. 12 Virginia Wesleyan and scored a career-high 16 points in a 77-63 win against Roanoke. No. 16 St. Mary's (Md.) lost to its Eastern Shore rival, Salisbury, 76-66, snapping an eight-game winning streak.