Wednesday men's wrap: Still tripling, doubling


Aaron Walton-Moss recorded another triple-double, and didn't have to play 35 minutes in a blowout to do it this time.
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The NCAA may not be able to tell us if this is a Division III record, but one thing we know for sure -- Aaron Walton-Moss is having a heck of a season, and is carrying Cabrini on his back, sometimes by himself.

On Wednesday night, Walton-Moss recorded his eighth triple-double of the season, rolling up 16 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to lead Cabrini to a 91-82 win vs. Gwynedd Mercy and wrap up the top seed in the Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs. The Cavaliers have won seven in a row after a midseason three-game slide and are 16-9 overall.

It has been a zany season on the men's side with frequent upsets, but there were not nearly as many on this night.

Brycen Wojta scored a game-high 24 points, salting the game away with 4-for-4 free throw shooting in the final 30 seconds to lift Bethel to a 71-65 overtime win at No. 3 St. Thomas. Bethel has beaten St. Olaf twice and now has beaten the Tommies once as well en route to a 16-8 record, 12-7 in the MIAC. 

No. 1 Randolph Macon celebrated Senior Night and its new top ranking by blasting Shenandoah 103-72. Joey Flannery scored 28 points including his 1,000th, as a sophomore, and No. 6 Babson took care of Coast Guard 66-51. No. 9 Marietta got back on track in a big way, rocking Otterbein 95-69. 

No. 12 WPI reached the 20-win plateau for the 12th consecutive season, defeating Wheaton (Mass.) 89-43 behind Sam Longwell's 15 points and four assists. The longest active streak of 20-win seasons belongs to Wooster, which has done it for 17 consecutive seasons. The Scots won their 19th game of the season tonight, defeating Allegheny 80-63 behind 15 points from Josh Kipfer and Dan Fanelly. Wooster finishes its NCAC schedule with Oberlin on Saturday, then will host the NCAC tournament.

No. 2 UW-Whitewater finished its WIAC home schedule with a resounding victory, defeating UW-Oshkosh 69-47. With the win, the Warhawks (21-3 overall, 14-1 WIAC) moved into a tie for first place in the conference with fifth-ranked UW-Stevens Point, which was idle Wednesday. KJ Evans had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Warhawks.

There was five inches of snow on the ground in Virginia Beach, but it was hot inside the Batten Center, as 1,107 fans saw the No. 10 Marlins defeat Hampden-Sydney 68-58. Virginia Wesleyan wrapped up the second seed in the ODAC tournament.

Brandon Hedley scored 30 and Jeff Dzierzawiec added 24 off the bench as Susquehanna remained locked into the No. 3 seed in the Landmark Conference, rolling over Goucher 122-76. No. 15 Catholic remained unbeaten in the league, defeating Juniata 75-60 before 24 points from Corey Stanford. Scranton locked up the No. 2 seed with a 66-60 win at Merchant Marine.

Freshman Nate Axelrod scored 22 of his season-high 32 points during the first half as 17th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan built a 20-point lead, and the Bishops held off an Oberlin comeback. It's the first regular season title for OWU since 1988, the year the Bishops won the national title.

Outside the Top 25, the pieces are falling into place in the conference playoff race. Calvin will be the top seed in the MIAA after beating Olivet 87-74 to secure the conference title. Bard tied a program record with its 11th win, defeating archrival Vassar 88-60. The Raptors opened the second half on an 18-2 run and outscored the Brewers 47-18 in the second half. 

Kris O'Connor sank a jumper with 0.5 seconds left to lift Rowan past William Paterson 62-60, denying the Pioneers a shot at the top seed in the NJAC tournament. Paterson will host the winner of a first-round game between TCNJ and New Jersey City, while Richard Stockton will face either Rutgers-Newark or Rowan.

Hope clinched the spot in the MIAA tournament, as senior Corey McMahon scored a career-high 15 points to help the Flying Dutchmen defeat Kalamazoo 67-55. Calvin is the top seed in the tournament, with Trine and Alma still battling with Hope for the chance to host a conference semifinal.

St. Vincent clinched the top seed in the Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament, as Sean Kett scored a career-high 28 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Bearcats past Thiel 78-58. St. Vincent will host a first-round game on Tuesday vs. the winner of a Monday night play-in game.