Tuesday wrap: Whitworth wins, Becker bounced

Wade Gebbers
Wade Gebbers was one of two Whitworth players with 20-plus in the double-overtime win against Whitman.
Whitworth athletics file photo
Peterson Bernard and Newbury dealt Becker its first conference loss since 2010.
File photo by Samantha Yanofsky, Newbury

No. 5 Whitworth survived a double-overtime challenge from its archrival to improve to 13-1, while Newbury defeated Becker 74-63, ending the Hawks' 37-game winning streak in the New England Collegiate Conference.

Whitworth won its 13th consecutive game as Dustin McConnell scored 24 and Wade Gebbers added 22 to lead six Pirates in double figures in a 112-100 double-overtime win against Whitman.

"Wade's our heart and soul and he never backs down from a  fight," Pirates coach Matt Logie told KSBN-AM after the game. "As well as he plays and as many big time plays as he made, he's going to look back at this night and figure out what he can do better."

With a win, Becker would have surpassed Buffalo State's 37-game winning streak in the SUNYAC from 1978-1981. They are the longest reported conference winning streaks in Division III men's basketball. Peterson Bernard scored five points during a 7-0 second-half run that gave the Nighthawks the lead. Bernard finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Newbury (5-5, 3-0). Darius Sealy had 13 points off the bench for Becker (6-6, 2-1).

Springfield edged MIT 56-53 in a rematch of last year's NEWMAC title game. The Pride held the Engineers scoreless for the final 3:13. Alex Berthiaume scored 21 points for Springfield (11-4, 2-0).

Anna Maria defeated Lasell 96-93 in the fourth overtime when Patrick Bradanese hit a three-pointer with one second left. Anthony Click logged 39 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in 57 minutes for Anna Maria. Brandon Ganesh played marathon man for the Lasers with 27 points and nine rebounds in 50 minutes. Box score

Nyheem Sanders hit a late three-pointer at Southern Maine to lift Rhode Island College over the Huskies, 71-66. Oneonta State (2-9) upset Oswego State (9-2) by shooting 53 percent from the field in a 67-57 victory. Nichols set a new school-record for scoring en route to a 130-106 win over Endicott.

Women's action

New Paltz State continued its undefeated flight through the season with a 59-56 win over Cortland State. Alex McCullough scored 23 points on 56 percent shooting for the Hawks (11-0, 5-0). Full recap

No. 19 Whitman dropped its first game of the season to a Division III opponent. Whitworth knocked off the visiting Lady Missionaries 59-56. Emily Travis scored 18 points in 25 minutes off the bench for the Pirates (10-4, 3-2). It was Whitman's lowest point total of the season.

Jessica Duleba powered Baruch past Brooklyn 67-54 with a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds. The Bearcats improved to 12-0, 6-0 in the CUNYAC. Castleton State (12-0) cruised past Lyndon State 89-32. Mass-Boston had little trouble with Plymouth State to improve to 10-2, 2-2 in the Little East.