Saturday men's wrap: Bates to the bubble?

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Bates bowed out in the NESCAC quarterfinals, while Williams' season is done a year after it played in the national title game, as Wesleyan knocked off the Bobcats 66-59 and Williams lost at Bowdoin.

Bates was only the third seed in the NESCAC tournament, but they were the No. 2 team in the most recent NCAA regional rankings for the Northeast. The Bobcats could well make the NCAA Tournament regardless, but will have a long nine-day wait to find out.

Lucas Hausman scored a game-high 37 for Bowdoin in its win vs. Williams. Wesleyan will play at Trinity (Conn.) next Saturday in the NESCAC semifinals, while Amherst faces Bowdoin in the other semifinal.

Scranton kept Catholic from becoming the first men's basketball team to run the table in the Landmark Conference, as the Royals defeated the No. 14 Cardinals 83-71, snapping Catholic's 16-game winning streak. Brendan Boken scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, senior guard Ross Danzig had 16 points eight rebounds and five assists, and freshman guard Ethan Danzig added 16 points for Scranton. Catholic will host Drew and Scranton will host Susquehanna in the Landmark Conference tournament.

Top-ranked Randolph-Macon finished its unbeaten run through the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and picked up its 20th consecutive victory, defeating Emory and Henry 82-63. Joe Hassell picked up his fourth double-double in five games, scoring 19 points and adding 11 rebounds. 

Taylor Montero scored a career-high 29 points as St. Thomas reached a milestone and clinched the MIAC regular-season crown all alone with an 89-62 win vs. Hamline. It was the 1,600th win in program history for the third-ranked Tommies.

No. 4 St. Norbert set the Midwest Conference for most consecutive victories over conference opponents, defeating Cornell 58-48. It's the 42nd consecutive time the Green Knights have defeated a conference opponents. St. Norbert shot just 17-for-51 from the floor, and just 5-for-23 in the second half.

North Central (Ill.) ended North Park's bid to make the CCIW tournament, defeating the Vikings 82-72 in what was essentially a play-in game between the fourth-place and fifth-place team. Illinois Wesleyan clinched the second seed with a 96-66 pounding of Elmhurst, relegating the Bluejays to the No. 3 seed. The teams will face off again next week at top-seeded Augustana.

Jordan Rezendes scored a career-high 51 points, the third-most points in a Division III game this season and the second-most in regulation, as Mass-Dartmouth defeated Keene State 92-80. The Corsairs pulled past Keene for the third seed in the Little East tournament.

Franklin and Marshall played its way into the No. 2 seed behind Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference, rolling at home over No. 11 Dickinson 69-53. The Diplomats, who lost four of their past six Centennial Conference games away from the Mayser Center, get a rematch with Dickinson on Friday night at JHU. Gettysburg and McDaniel have a rematch in the Centennial tournament as well, after Gettysburg beat McDaniel 60-52 on Saturday and the teams ended up the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, respectively.

Wooster extended its Division III-leading active streak of 20-win seasons to 19, as the 24th-ranked Fighting Scots prevailed in a defensive battle at Oberlin 58-45. Ohio Wesleyan will be the top seed in the NCAC tournament, with Wooster the No. 2 seed. 

Seniors Jay Donovan and Adonis Fleming combined for 24 points off the bench as Delaware Valley rallied for a 73-69 Freedom Conference victory at FDU-Florham. That combined with DeSales' loss at the buzzer to Eastern, gave the Aggies the No. 2 seed in the Freedom tournament and a home game vs. DeSales.

We're not ready to lock in the Capital Athletic Conference pairings yet, but Salisbury secured the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye, surviving to defeat York (Pa.) 85-77 in double overtime. Justin Witmer scored 23 points, including 7-of-14 shooting from 3-point range for the Sea Gulls. The final spot in the conference tournament, and the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, come down to Sunday's game between Frostburg State and Marymount.

Hood, Stevenson, Alvernia and Arcadia each finished 10-6 in the Commonwealth Conference, and after the tiebreakers were applied, Stevenson was the No. 2 seed, Hood No. 3 and Alvernia and No. 4 and No. 5 behind top-seeded Lycoming. Hood got to 10-6 thanks to a 30-for-37 performance at the foul line in a 74-68 win vs. Messiah.

Southern Vermont improved to 22-3 and finished running the table in the NECC, defeating Daniel Webster 91-78. Becker went unbeaten in the NECC most recently, in 2011-12. Dolapo Olugbile led all scorers with 20 points.

UW-Superior's tenure in the WIAC for men's basketball ended on Saturday as the Yellowjackets fell at home to No. 5 UW-Stevens Point, 70-60. Superior leaves for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference next season in all sports except ice hockey.

Gwynedd Mercy and Centenary (N.J.) advanced in the Colonial States Athletic Conference tournament, as the Griffins defeated Rosemont 83-66 and Centenary topped Immaculata 72-63. Rosemont's best season in its short men's basketball history ends at 13-13, after an 11-7 mark in CSAC regular-season play. GMC will play at Cabrini, while Centenary will face Neumann.