Men's wrap: Salvaging splits

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Wooster salvaged a regular-season split with Ohio Wesleyan and improved to 9-2 in the NCAC.
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Augustana got its home-floor revenge on Elmhurst, Wooster knocked off Ohio Wesleyan and Catholic handed Susquehanna its second loss in three games in Wednesday night's Division III men's basketball action.

Spencer Williams hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining as Wooster defeated No. 7 Ohio Wesleyan, 91-90, snapping the Battling Bishops' eight-game winning streak. Alex Lalonde scored a game-high 23 points and Josh Kipfer scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half for the Scots. Mitch Balser hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to put Wooster up by seven, 51-44, but OWU rallied to tie the game three minutes later and the game was nip and tuck the rest of the way. 

Catholic's prolific offense was on full display as the Cardinals shot 60 percent from the floor to upset No. 12 Susquehanna, 101-80. Bryson Fonville went 13-for-23 en route to a game-high 32 points, adding eight assists in the win. Catholic shot 68.8 percent from the floor and 61.5 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.

Seven Vikings scored in double figures as No. 2 Augustana got its revenge on No. 6 Elmhurst 97-84. Ben Ryan scored 18 points, and Jawan Straughter scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half as Augustana improved to 17-1, 6-1 in the CCIW. 

Two ranked teams defeated their archrivals, as No. 8 Hope defeated Calvin and No. 14 Amherst topped Williams. Ben Gardner shot 5-for-8 from 3-point range en route to 23 points to lead the Flying Dutchmen in Division III's biggest rivalry game as Hope shook off a close first half to pull away from the Knights. The Jeff-less Amherst men's basketball team didn't need a nickname to get past the Ephs, defeating Williams in Williamstown, 71-50. Jayde Dawson scored a game-high 17 points and Johnny McCarthy added 16 for Amherst (15-3, 4-1 NESCAC). 

Cedric Moune blocked a potential game-tying shot in the closing seconds as No. 19 Franklin and Marshall survived to win at Dickinson, 64-62. The Red Devils (6-11, 5-5) missed three shots in the final 87 seconds after Mike Hinckley had hit two free throws to cut the lead to 64-62. Moune and Brandon Federici scored 18 points apiece for the Diplomats (15-3, 10-1).

Jason Eddie hit a three-point shot with 25 seconds remaining in overtime to break a tie and help Randolph win at No. 20 Roanoke 91-86. Randolph led by as many as 14 points in the second half before Roanoke rallied, eventually tying the game on a Joey Miller layup with 17 seconds left in regulation.

Carthage rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit to force overtime but in the end, Juwan Henry was just too much. North Park's leading scorer, and the leading scorer in the CCIW, Henry hit two long shots in overtime and finished with 47 points in a 93-86 win.
"Juwan Henry made two 35-foot shots in overtime. He already had 40 points, so you would think, at that point, you'd have to do a better job of guarding him," said Carthage coach Bosko Djurickovic. "He's a wonderful scorer, and he made the plays in overtime that had to be made. To score 47 points is pretty special stuff."

Tim Stewart poured in 34 points in a career-best performance to lift McDaniel to a 67-65 win at Gettysburg. He hit 15 of 20 field-goal attempts. However, it was Wes Brooks who came up with the game-winning shot in a tie game late. Out of a Gettysburg timeout, Brooks took the inbound and curled to the right elbow where he leaned in and drained the jump shot with 1.4 seconds remaining, giving him 14 points on the night.

Trailing 96-97 with 11 seconds left in overtime, Chris McIllhatton knocked down a 3-pointer to give Brooklyn a two-point advantage and the lead for good. After stopping the Lightning on the ensuing possession, senior guard Egzon Gjonbalaj hit one of two free throws. Lehman missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds with a putback as time expired giving Brooklyn the 100-99 win. Lorenzo Williams scored a game-high 35 for Brooklyn (16-3, 9-2 CUNYAC).

New Jersey City rallied from a seven-point deficit with 4:18 left and defeated William Paterson 85-81 to remain in sole possession of first place in the NJAC. Rutgers-Newark remained one game back as John Snow had another big night, pouring in 30 in a 69-60 win at Montclair State.

Justin Pratt knocked down a program-record 11 3-pointers for a career-high 33 points and the Hawks made 24 of 45 as a group from beyond the arc in a 109-50 victory vs. Utica. David Smith had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Merchant Marine to a to a 67-60 victory over visiting Trinity (Conn.). The Mariners (9-8) led 56-31 with 8:34 left before the Bantams (14-4) closed the game on a 29-11 run.

A 3-point play by Daniel Wegener with 38 seconds left in overtime broke a tie and helped Hood to an 83-80 win at Lebanon Valley in MAC Commonwealth action. Tanner Ruths had a career-high 16 points to lead the Blazers (10-8, 4-5), who had five players in double figures to balance out the 39 points Sam Light scored for Lebanon Valley (12-7, 6-4).