Saturday men: Babson sends WPI reeling

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Joey Flannery scored 41 points in 50 minutes for Babson.
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Joey Flannery had a big day, while Ty Sabin had an even bigger one to lead their teams to wins, while Hope moved back into a tie for first in the MIAA in Saturday's men's action.

Harrison Blackledge scored a game-high 17 points and Brock Benson added 15 as No. 7 Hope put No. 12 Alma away in the second half of a 71-57 win. The game, played in front of 3,477 in the DeVos Fieldhouse, put Hope (19-2, 9-1) into a tie for first in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Alma (16-5, 9-1) was led by Trevor Gernaat's 12 points. The Scots have lost 32 consecutive games vs. Hope in Holland, Mich.

Joey Flannery finished with 41 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as Babson outlasted 19th-ranked WPI 91-87 in double overtime. Flannery, who played all 50 minutes, went 14-of-26 from the floor and scored 14 points in the overtime periods for the Beavers, who have won five in a row and are 15-5, 9-1 in the NEWMAC.

Ty Sabin poured in 51 points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Ripon to a 78-77 overtime win at Cornell. Sabin finished 18-for-36 from the floor and 11-for-18 from 3-point land as Ripon remained in contention for the Midwest Conference tournament. Sabin made up for a miss in the final seconds of regulation that would have given Ripon the lead andscored the Redhawks' final six points of the game after teammate Brendan McCoy hit a 3-pointer that cut into Cornell's five-point lead with just over a minute left in overtime.

Tufts continued to make its case to get back into the Top 25 as Tom Palleschi scored 20 points, Vincent Pace added 15 and Tarik Smith 12 in an 84-73 home win vs. No. 11 Amherst. The Jumbos (17-5, 6-3 NESCAC) were six points out of the poll released on Monday.

Two-thousand point scorer Quarry Greenway scored a game-high 24 points and Tom Garrick and Anthony Jernigan added 22 apiece as Johnson and Wales continued to roll through the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, defeating Anna Maria 98-63. The No. 17 Wildcats improved to 20-1, 14-0, while Anna Maria fell to 11-10, 7-7.

There were no last-second heroics possible for Tanner Schieve on Saturday as Wisconsin Lutheran, which had won back-to-back games on Schieve's long buzzer beaters, fell to No. 3 Benedictine 86-62. In fact, Schieve was held to three points on 1-for-9 shooting. Benedictine (21-0, 16-0 NACC) had four scorers in double figures, led by 20 from Michael Blaszczyk.

MIT overcame a nine-point deficit in the final 1:48 of regulation to send its NEWMAC contest to overtime where the Engineers gained the upper hand to come away with a 74-67 victory. Freshman Bradley Jomard scored 13 of his season-high 29 points over the final six minutes, including overtime, to help the Engineers secure the win. MIT improved to 16-4, 8-2 to stay one game behind Babson.

Catholic won for the 13th time in 15 games, getting a career-high 28 points from Jay Howard and hitting its last seven free throws to down Drew on the road, 73-69. The Cardinals (16-5, 9-3) are a half-game back of Susquehanna, which won at Moravian on Saturday.

DeSales never trailed as it handed Delaware Valley its second consecutive loss and moved into a tie for first in the MAC Freedom, downing the Aggies 73-58. The Bulldogs (15-6, 7-3) opened the game on an 11-2 run and got 28 points from Brian Laird.

Brandon Thompson came off the bench to score 25 points, including a 3-pointer with nine seconds left as Arcadia scored seven points in the final 12.4 seconds to defeat Lycoming 86-84. Thompson found John Landro for a 3-pointer which cut the Warriors' lead to 84-82, then the Knights benefitted from a very quick five-second call on Lyco's inbounds, setting up Thompson's 3 with 10.4 seconds left. He added a free throw with 3.8 seconds left and Lyco's baseline jumper after a baseball pass downcourt missed as time expired.

No. 6 Christopher Newport rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to defeat Wesley on the road, 78-74. CNU, (20-1, 14-0 Capital Athletic Conference) matched its win total from last season as Tim Daly scored 21 points for his third 20-point game of the week, all on the road.

Lancaster Bible led wire-to-wire in defeating Penn State-Berks, 107-90, improving to 19-0, 12-0 in the NEAC. Kurt Keltner scored a game-high 28 for the No. 15 Chargers.

Khaneal Mason went coast-to-coast for a game-winning layup with 2.3 seconds remaining to give La Verne a 91-89 home win vs. Whittier, halting the Leopards' four-game losing streak. Trailing 89-87 with 25 seconds left in the game, the Poets forced a huge turnover and took advantage when Eric Jennings drove in for a layup to tie the game at 89-89. Mason then drove, hesitated for a second on the right wing and blew past his defender for the game-winner. ULV pulled into a tie for second in the SCIAC with the Poets.