Wednesday: Stalwarts stumble

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Zach Smith scored 28 points as Hamline ended a 38-game losing streak to St. Thomas.
File photo by Cole Mayer, Hamline

Hamline sent No. 21 St. Thomas to its second straight loss while Hiram surprised No. 17 Wooster in Wednesday night's conference action.

Hamline shot 50 percent in the first half and got 20 points from Zach Smith in the second, and the Pipers beat St. Thomas for their first conference win of the year and their first win over St. Thomas in 39 tries.

Hamline (4-3, 1-2 MIAC) took the lead midway through the first half and didn't trail again, thanks in large part to great shooting. The Pipers shot 49 percent from the field and 50 percent (7-for-14) from three. St. Thomas shot 27 percent (6-for-22) from behind the arc and turned the ball over 18 times. Box score

St. Thomas (4-3, 1-2 MIAC), which went 18-2 in conference last season, is currently tied in the standings with Hamline, which went 2-18 last season.

Hiram snapped its four-game losing streak and started NCAC play 1-0 with an upset victory over Wooster, 72-68. Wooster outrebounded the Terriers by 18 and had four starters score double-figures, but Paul Ortiz and Kelvin Jones combined to score 50 for Hiram (2-4, 1-0 NCAC). The Scots (4-3, 2-2 NCAC) have alternated wins and losses their past six games. Box score

No. 24 Denison avoided a similar stumble as the Big Red came from behind to beat Oberlin, 72-69. Denison improves to 7-0, 3-0 in the NCAC while the Yeoman drop to 1-6, 0-2.

No. 18 North Park must be feeling pretty good about the CCIW's decision to start conference play in December. The Vikings (6-0, 2-0 CCIW) scored another big road win, this time holding off No. 16 Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington. The Titans (5-2, 0-2 CCIW) pulled within one several times in the second half, but the Vikings hit key shots to maintain their lead, including a three-pointer from Jordan Robinson with six minutes remaining. Robinson scored 28 points and shot 7-for-10 from behind the arc.

All five starters scored double figures for Carthage, led by Brad Perry's 20 points, and the Red Men won at No. 9 North Central (Ill.), 85-75. On Saturday Carthage travels to Augustana, which edged Wheaton (Ill.).

The Centennial Conference standings look upside-down with No. 22 Swarthmore at the top and Franklin and Marshall near the bottom. The Garnet rallied past Ursinus 75-67 to improve to 7-0, 4-0 in conference. The Diplomats (4-3, 1-3) lost at Johns Hopkins 70-57 to equal their total number of conference losses from last season.

Outside the Top 25, Merchant Marine won a defensive struggle over maritime rival Coast Guard, 50-47. Matt Miller scored 20 points for the Mariners. The teams shot a combined 30 percent (34-for-115) from the field, including 16 percent (9-for-57) from three.

St. Vincent picked up its sixth win in seven games and dealt Catholic its first loss, 69-64. Maine Presque-Isle, which mostly plays non-Division III opponents, picked up its first win over a D3 foe since November 24. The Owls upended Colby 66-64 on a Derek Healy jumper with 13 seconds left.

Kalli Zimmermann scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Royals' victory over St. Mary's (Minn.).
Photo by Ryan Coleman, 

On a relatively quiet night in women's action, Bethel continued its impressive start to the season. 

The Royals extended their winning streak to six games with a 69-56 victory at St. Mary's (Minn.). Kalli Zimmermann led the way for Bethel (7-1, 3-0 MIAC) with 21 points while Brandi Blattner tallied 28 points for the Cardinals (6-2, 2-1 MIAC). Photo gallery

The three undefeated MIAC teams stayed that way as No. 5 St. Thomas rolled over Hamline 80-32, St. Benedict topped Augsburg 73-59 and Gustavus Adolphus defeated St. Olaf 79-61.

No. 12 Montclair State used a dominant third quarter to push past William Paterson, 81-61.

Devin Kyler just missed a triple-double for Wheaton (Ill.) but her team got the victory over North Central (Ill.), 90-85. Kyler had 12 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists while Katie McDaniels poured in 35 points. Box score

Carroll made its women's debut in the CCIW as the Pioneers fell to Carthage, 82-69. Carroll is looking for its first win with a tough conference schedule and its only remaining non-conference game against No. 18 UW-Whitewater.

Eastern Connecticut won a defensive struggle against Williams, 53-46.  Jordyn Nappi and Lexis Foster combined for 28 points and shot 10-for-11 from the free throw line for the Warriors.