D3hoops Classic: Florham survives


Leigh-Ann Lively sinks one of her seven 3-pointers to give FDU-Florham the lead for good and converted the four-point play.
Photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

LAS VEGAS - The third and final day of the 2014 D3hoops.com Classic saw FDU-Florham survive another upset-minded team from Wisconsin and Colorado College weather the loss of its top player to garner a split.

Leigh-Ann Lively scored 26 points for the No. 1 Devils, going 7-for-15 from 3-point range off the bench to lead FDU-Florham to its 43rd consecutive victory, 72-62 vs. UW-Platteville.

Platteville (9-3) led by as many as 12 in the second half, but Florham (10-0) went a 30-10 run to take the lead and held off the Pioneers down the stretch.

Chris Lesnansky went out of the game late in the first half for Colorado College after a midcourt collision left him with a cut that needed stitches. Without their leading scorer, the Tigers struggled, falling down by nine with 2:51 to go before finishing on a 14-3 run.

But the Tigers (5-5) got contributions from everywhere down the stretch. Eric Houska hit a jumper from the wing and added a 3-pointer, while Juwan Rohan came off the bench for a big three with 18 seconds left and Ryan Kell scored four points in the final 90 seconds, including a conventional three-point play with six seconds left to give the Tigers the lead. Brendon McCullough's 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark for Willamette (2-7).

Hanover outlasted Clark in a turnover-filled finale, winning 49-45. V.J. Billups, Wes McKinney and Desmond Marks each scored 10 for the Panthers, who improved to 6-4 while Clark fell to 5-6. And Wisconsin Lutheran got 16 points off the bench from Christian Walz, while Jake Jarnigo added 14 to help Wisconsin Lutheran improve to 7-6 with a 68-54 win vs. Wartburg.