Men's wrap: Jeffs win again

Taylor Barrise scored 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting against Middlebury.
Amherst athletics file photo

Aaron Toomey shot just 3-for-14 from the floor but was 8-for-8 from the foul line, six of them in the final minute of regulation and overtime, as No. 6 Amherst knocked off No. 2 Middlebury 77-75 at Amherst's LeFrak Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

Amherst led by as many as 16 points late in the first half before the Panthers rallied, taking a one-point lead on a three-pointer by Jake Wolfin with 3:21 left. The Panthers extended that lead to three before Taylor Barrise tied the game at 67-67 late in regulation.

Ben Aalfs hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to give UW-Superior its first lead since midway through the first half and the Yellowjackets held on to upset No. 4 UW-Whitewater 60-58 in Superior. Aalfs led the team with 18 points in handing the Warhakws their third loss of the season, all in WIAC play.

That leaves Hope as the only member of the top four to not lose in the past week, and the Flying Dutchmen kept their winning streak going with an 83-70 win at archrival Calvin. Nate Snuggerud led all scorers with 25 and David Krombeen added 20 for Hope, which shot 7-for-13 from beyond the arc on the road while holding Calvin to 3-for-16 three-point shooting.

Third-ranked Virginia Wesleyan, which lost earlier in the week, needed a buzzer beater to survive at home against Hampden-Sydney. Ali Brown hit the layup to give the Marlins a 73-71 win. Fifth-ranked MIT survived the top-seed toppling, winning 63-60 in overtime at 10-12 Clark.

Xavier Brown beat the buzzer. Watch.

No. 13 Wooster rallied from a 16-point deficit, including scoring the last seven points of the game to force overtime, but couldn't finish it off as No. 22 Wittenberg beat the Scots 68-62 in overtime. Wooster shot just 6-of-15 from the foul line in the loss. 

No. 8 Mary-Hardin Baylor came back to beat McMurry 90-87, improving to 22-1 overall. No. 14 Franklin and Marshall topped Swarthmore 77-59 to clinch the Centennial's top seed. Fifteenth-ranked Transylvania won its 10th game in a row, defeating Manchester 72-52. No. 17 William Paterson held off New Jersey City rallies both at the end of regulation and during overtime, eventually coming up with an 85-79 home victory. No. 18 Oswego State hit 13 of 20 three-pointers in a 92-68 win against New Paltz State. Ray Askew scored 52 points as No. 23 Albertus Magnus got past Lasell 76-73.

Western Connecticut overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat visiting No. 21 Keene State 108-105 in overtime. DaQuan Brooks continued his stellar season with another 37 points for the Colonials. Tyler Peters had 17 points and seven rebounds as No. 19 Wheaton (Ill.) kept North Central (Ill.) from clinching the top seed in the CCIW tournament with a 64-61 win. Illinois Wesleyan and Augustana join Wheaton and North Central in the tournament as the four teams are set but none of the seedings are.

Joe Gibbons torched his former teammates for 26 points, after scoring 22 points in the teams' first meeting.
Hobart athletics photo by Kevin Colton

Medaille clinched the top seed in the AMCC tournament, defeating Penn State-Altoona. Hartwick improved to 22-2, 11-2 in the Empire 8, with a 64-62 win at St. John Fisher. Hobart wrapped up the top seed in the Liberty League with a 104-89 win against RPI. Joe Gibbons, a transfer from RPI, was 12-of-16 from the floor and made both of his free throw attempts en route to 26 points.

Senior forward Stefan Thompson scored 12 of his game-high 27 in the final three minutes as Alvernia overcame a nine-point deficit by scoring 16 of the final 20 points to steal a 70-67 win over Elizabethtown in MAC Commonwealth play. Mississippi College moved into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the American Southwest Conference East Division with an 86-83 victory at Ozarks.

It was an emotional day at Gettysburg, as senior guard Cory Weissman returned to the court for the first time in three years after suffering a stroke as the Bullets defeated Washington College 83-69. Coach George Petrie won his 322nd career game, passing the man whose name is on Gettysburg's gym: Hen Bream.

Bethany took over sole possession of first place in the PAC, rallying from a 13-point second-half deficit to win at Thiel, 70-67. Seniors Mason Choice and Mike Akinrola combined for 45 points, with 23 and 22, respectively, as Rhode Island College defeated Southern Maine, 77-65. Lake Forest tied the program record for wins with its 19th in a 72-53 win against Monmouth, clinching the top seed in the Midwest Conference. Illinois College helped the Foresters clinch by outlasting Grinnell 144-135 in double overtime.

York (Pa.) honored retiring coach Jeff Gamber by rolling out to a 26-5 lead and held on to beat Mary Washington 76-68. The Capital Athletic Conference announced it would name its coach of the year award after Gamber. He has a career record of 489-421.

Mitchell has won five games this season, two of them on buzzer beaters. The Mariners lost on one on Saturday, however, as Newbury's Steve Rosemond hit a shot at the buzzer today to win 83-81. Castleton State shot its way to an 82-34 halftime lead with 13 three-pointers and finished with 19 in a 118-63 win against Green Mountain. Castleton State, which started running the Grinnell system this year, called it off in the second half, scoring just 36 points.