|Josh Pittman, left, led
Guilford with 18 points in its upset of Virginia Wesleyan, while
Matt Carr, right, did the same in upsetting MIT.
No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan and No. 3 MIT each fell at home in the span of a little over an hour on Saturday afternoon, while No. 6 Mary Hardin-Baylor lost for the first time as conference season claims more victims.
Josh Pittman hit a three-pointer to put Guilford ahead for good with 3:30 left in the first half as the Quakers took down the second-ranked Marlins in an ODAC contest. D.J. Woodmore hit a three with 1:38 left in the game to cut the deficit to 55-52 and cut it to three again 70 seconds later but could not get a defensive stop and Pittman hit three of four foul shots down the stretch to end the game.
At MIT, WPI's David Brown broke a 49-all tie with a layup midway through the second half and the Engineers of WPI went on to pull away from the third-ranked Engineers of MIT for an 80-68 win. Matt Carr led the way with 18 points as all five WPI starters scored in double figures. It was Chris Bartley's 200th career victory. After flirting with a loss at short-handed Hardin-Simmons on Thursday, sixth-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor fell at McMurry 75-71.
UW-River Falls swept the season series from No. 11 UW-Stevens Point, ending the Pointers' 29-game home winning streak with an 82-75 overtime defeat. Shane Manor led all scorers with 26 points and added nine rebounds in the victory. No. 12 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps lost its first game of the season, at Whittier, 88-85 in double overtime. Drew Menez shot 9-for-21 but scored a game-high 23 for the Poets. The loss allowed Pomona-Pitzer to move back into a tie for first in the SCIAC, as the Sagehens defeated La Verne 64-57.
No. 13 Franklin and Marshall won at McDaniel for the first time since Jan. 25, 2006, rolling out to a 37-11 lead and finishing with a 70-46 victory. Matt Porter scored 15 and Brandon Beckford added 12 as McDaniel fell to 5-11.
Nick Nedwick scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in a pivotal 19-2 run in the final 10 minutes to deliver No. 25 Eastern Connecticut a 58-44 win at Southern Maine. Jamaal Watkins scored 22 as Hiram defeated No. 21 Wittenberg 65-51. No. 24 Wooster induced a turnover in a one-point game with 11.6 seconds left and hit three of four free throws to beat Ohio Wesleyan 72-68.
Capital started the second half on a 12-0 run and took over sole possession of first place in the OAC, defeating John Carroll 85-68. Emmanuel men's coach Jamahl Jackson earned his 100th career victory, defeating Emerson 64-48. Emerson is 1-15 this season under former Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien.
In just its third season, Rosemont improved to 11-7 overall, 7-4 in the CSAC with its first-ever win against Gwynedd-Mercy, 75-71. Dan Kearney scored a team-high 17 to lead four Ravens in double figures. Ihsaan Davis scored nine consecutive points all by himself to tie the game and help Lycoming to a 66-62 win at Widener.
Oswego State scored the last 11 points of the game, including an 18-footer by Hayden Ward at the buzzer to beat Cortland State 69-67. Oswego remains unbeaten in the SUNYAC. Buffalo State still doesn't have Justin Mitchell back, but Jake Simmons made it a moot point with nine three-pointers in the Bengals' 110-68 home win against Plattsburgh State.
Central lost its fourth consecutive game after a 12-1 start, falling at home to Dubuque 56-53. It's the Dutch's second loss to the Spartans in that span. David Mataloni hit a jumper with 2.7 seconds left to lift Coe past Loras 69-67. Alfred Jaryan hit a pair of free throws with three seconds left in overtime, giving St. Olaf a 67-66 win against crosstown rival Carleton.