Saturday men: Hope tops Stevens Point

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Brock Benson scored 13 points in Hope's victory at UW-Stevens Point.
Hope athletics file photo by Katie Berry

In matchup worthy of an NCAA Tournament pairing, No. 16 Hope defeated No. 9 UW-Stevens Point on the defending champs' own floor, 68-56.

The Flying Dutchmen used a 12-1 run early in the first half to take a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Stevens Point was able to close the gap to four late in the first half before Alex Edison hit a three to put Hope up 33-26 at the break.

Hope (2-0) opened the second half with a three-point play by Brock Benson and a three point field goal by Ben Gardner, pushing the lead to double-digits. The Pointers (2-1) cut the lead to eight with under five minutes to play before Benson completed another three-point play to put the game away. Box score

Catholic's Bryson Fonville and Jay Howard combined for 59 points but Marietta used a balanced attack and last second shot to grab a hard-fought victory, 92-90. All five Pioneer starters scored double figures, including Dillion Young whose short jumper with one second left was the difference. No. 11 Marietta improves to 4-0 while No. 6 Catholic slips to 2-1.

The most shocking result of the day came from Pennsylvania Amish Country where Lancaster Bible blasted No. 19 Franklin and Marshall 94-66. The Chargers (3-0) never trailed and turned 27 Diplomat turnovers into 32 points. Lancaster Bible fell one win short of the NCAA Tournament last season, but went on to win the NCCAA Division II national championship.

Not quite as surprising but still an upset, Skidmore went into Timken Gymnasium and beat No. 20 Wooster, 72-63. Preseason All-American Aldin Medunjanin paced the Thoroughbreads with 18 points, five assists and three rebounds.

Springfield shook off back-to-back losses and knocked off No. 12 Trinity (Conn.), 80-69. The Pride's backcourt of Josh Altman, Andy McNulty and Josh Downes combined to score 51 points.

Conference play began in exciting fashion in the MWC where Ripon held off Lawrence 88-80 in overtime. Ty Sabin of Ripon and Jamie Nikitas of Lawrence each scored 34 points, but Ty Ketz broke the tie by adding 21 points for the Red Hawks.

Millikin shot 65 percent from the field while Greenville only shot 39 percent, but the Big Blue needed every one of those shots to edge the Panthers, 115-113. TJ Sims had 43 points and shot 23-for-25 from the free throw line while TJ Griffin scored 11 points including the 1,000th of his career.