Working overtime

Shane Manor scored 14 of his 21 after halftime to give UW-River Falls a come-from-behind victory against No. 13 UW-Stevens Point.
Photo by Pat Coleman,

Wednesday night's conference action featured overtime thrillers on the men's side of the CCIW, USA South, ODAC and NJAC. On the women's side, UW-River Falls picked up a big win and William Paterson won a nail-biter.

No. 23 Wheaton (Ill.) opened CCIW play on the road at Illinois Wesleyan. Neither team could gain an advantage during regulation with six points being the largest lead for either side. With 46 seconds left in regulation, Illinois Wesleyan led by one and had John Koschnitzky at the free throw line. He made the first shot to extend the Titans' lead to two but missed the second. Aaron Garriott grabbed a defensive rebound for Wheaton and was eventually fouled with four seconds left. He made both three throws to send the game to overtime.

Illinois Wesleyan took control in the extra period as Stephen Rudnicki hit a three-pointer to put the Titans up six and then made five free throws in the final minute to ice the game. Illinois Wesleyan has won six straight since losing two in a row in late November. In other CCIW action, No. 3 Augustana won comfortably over Millikin 64-39.

Dominic Chappell beat the buzzer and Shenandoah beat Averett in double overtime in the USA South opener for both teams. Chappell finished with 17 points for the Hornets, who were playing for the third consecutive day and have had each of their last five games decided by five points or less.

Shane Manor scored 21 points, 14 of them in the second half as UW-River Falls rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat No. 13 UW-Stevens Point 73-70. Manor led four Falcons in double figures as Ollie White added 16 and a game-high eight rebounds. Seven of Manor's points came during a 17-2 run in the second half during which the Falcons took their first lead of the game.

Conference play resumed in the ODAC where Emory and Henry pushed Guilford to the limit before falling 58-57 in overtime. Josh Pittman scored six of his 19 points in overtime for the Quakers, who improved to 9-4, 3-1 in the ODAC. No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan rolled past Hampden-Sydney 100-80 to seize sole possesion of first place in the ODAC. DJ Woodmore (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Donald Vaughn (17 points, 16 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the Marlins, who have won 10 in a row since dropping the season opener.

NJAC action also resumed with an overtime battle between New Jersey City and Ramapo. The Roadrunners edged the Gothic Knights 78-74 as Will Sanborn scored 23 points, including the game-deciding three pointer with 29 seconds left. Ramapo improves to 11-3, 2-1 in conference while New Jersey City drops to 9-2, 1-1 in conference. Kaihrique Irick scored 27 for the Gothic Knights. Montclair State needed overtime as well but outlasted William Paterson 80-79 as the Pioneers' tip-in at the buzzer fell short.

No. 4 MIT won its NEWMAC opener over Springfield 67-59. Billy Bender hit a back-breaking three-pointer with less than a minute to play to seal the Engineers' victory. John Carroll scored an emotional comeback victory over Baldwin-Wallace 89-85. The Blue Streaks dedicated the game to former player Matt Crozier who passed away on Jan. 5, 2011. Central improved to 10-1 with a win at Wartburg.

Women's action

Fatu Conteh recorded her first career double-double to lead Johns Hopkins to an overtime win at Chapman.
Johns Hopkins athletics file photo

No. 19 UW-River Falls dealt No. 9 UW-Stevens Point its first loss to a Division III opponent and scored a big win in the WIAC race. The Falcons used an 8-0 run midway through the second half to seize control and went on to win 67-63. UW-River Falls improves to 12-1, 4-0 in the WIAC, which is tied for first with UW-Eau Claire. The Blugolds rolled over UW-Stout 77-43.

No. 6 William Paterson shut out Montclair State for the final 2:05 and scored just enough to hold off the Red Hawks, 62-61. Montclair State took a 61-59 lead on a Theresa Towns jumper but the Red Hawks did not score again. April Smith’s layup was the game winner for the Pioneers who improve to 13-0, 3-0 in the NJAC.

Coe edged Simpson 75-72 to take a two-game lead on the Storm in the IIAC standings. Megan Hayes notched 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks for the Kohawks. Washington College cooled off Franklin and Marshall 63-54, ending the Diplomats eight-game win streak. Thomas More got back on the winning side of the ledger after going 0-2 at the Classic, winning 69-46 at Thiel behind 13 points apiece from Moriah Corey and Katie Kitchen. Noel Mathis scored 22 points and Kean used a pair of 11-0 runs to get past Rowan 73-68. Richard Stockton followed its late-December upset of Lebanon Valley by losing at home to TCNJ 56-44.

In non-conference action, Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins defeated California's Chapman in a cross-country battle, 69-65 in overtime. Alex McCullough scored 18 points as New Paltz State rolled past Eastern Connecticut 72-41. No. 4 Calvin and No. 14 Hope head into Saturday's showdown on hot streaks. The Knights defeated Kalamazoo 84-29 for their 13th straight victory and the Flying Dutchmen grounded Olivet 66-52 for their 12th straight win.