Men's wrap: BW knocks JCU from unbeaten ranks

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Zach Warner had a big night off the bench, including eight points in the final eight minutes of the game.
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The number of unbeaten teams in Division III men's basketball is down to two as Baldwin Wallace defeated third-ranked John Carroll on the road Wednesday, handing its crosstown rival its first loss of the season on a night in which two top five teams fell.

Zach Warner came off the bench to score 19 points and freshman Jay Battle made two foul shots with 3.8 seconds left for the Yellow Jackets. John Carroll (21-1, 14-1 OAC) went on a 7-0 run to take a 66-63 lead with 8:07 left, but Warner scored eight of his points down the stretch, including a 3-pointer with 1:44 left to give BW (13-9, 8-7) a 77-76 lead. John Cirillo gave the Blue Streaks the advantage with a layup with 19 seconds left before Battle's free throws gave the Yellow Jackets the win.

Brent Rasmussen scored a team-high 23 points and Harry Sonie and Collin Olmscheid added 18 points apiece to help lift Augsburg past No. 4 St. Thomas 98-89. Grant Shaeffer scored a game-high 31 points, including a 3-pointer to cut the Auggies' lead to 66-65 midway through the second half, but Augsburg (15-8, 9-8 MIAC) answered with a 13-2 run and was able to put the game away from there. St. Thomas fell to 20-2, 15-2. Augsburg sits one game behind Bethel and Carleton for the sixth and final conference tournament spot in the MIAC. UST entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NCAA's West Region rankings.

Daniel Purvlicis shot 9-for-11 from the floor en route to 23 points and added 10 rebounds as Wabash knocked off No. 10 Ohio Wesleyan 76-71 in Crawfordsville, Ind. OWU trailed for almost the entire second half but managed to cut the Little Giants' lead to two twice, including with 32 seconds left, but OWU missed three 3-pointers in the final 15 seconds and Wabash made three of four free throws to ice it.

No. 15 Lancaster Bible, the only other unbeaten men's team in action tonight, had little trouble with Bryn Athyn in an 89-69 win. The Chargers improved to 19-0, 12-0 NEAC behind 23 from Bryce Williams and 16 from CJ Dunston. Notably, however, Lancaster Bible was not even ranked in the NCAA's regional rankings released Wednesday, presumably because of the team's dismal strength of schedule (just .421).

Three Pioneers came off the bench to score in double figures as No. 8 Marietta rolled past No. 23 Mount Union 106-81, putting distance between the two in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Marietta (20-2, 14-1) shot 17-for-30 from 3-point range, led by Dillon Young who hit five of eight en route to a 24-point night.

Scranton got to No. 17 Susquehanna, handing the Crusaders their third loss in six games after a 15-0 start. The Royals held Susquehanna (18-3, 9-3 Landmark) to 33 percent shooting and 28 percent from 3-point range, leading to Susquehanna's first home loss of the season, 67-58. Brendan Boken led Scranton (17-5, 10-4) with a game-high 25 points. The loss allowed Catholic to take over first in the Landmark by a half-game as Jay Howard scored 27 and Bryson Fonville added 21 in a 67-63 win vs. Goucher.

No. 21 Penn State-Behrend laid an egg at Medaille tonight as the Lions fell to the Mavericks 71-52. Medaille got 17 points from Mike Hollenbeck and improved to just 10-12, 8-7 in the AMCC, handing Behrend its second loss overall. 

No. 13 Alma kept pace for the lead in the MIAA and won its 15th consecutive game at home, defeating visiting Calvin 91-79. The Scots, at 17-5 overall and 10-1 in the MIAA, remain in a first-place tie with seventh-ranked Hope with three games remaining in the conference schedule. Hope defeated Trine 57-50 on Wednesday.

Outside the Top 25

In a battle of the top two teams in the NJAC, New Jersey City trailed Stockton 20-3 and by as many as 12 in the second half before igniting in the final 10 minutes. The Gothic Knights did not allow a basket in the final 5:35 and outscored the No. 1 ranked team in the Atlantic Region by a 10-1 margin to rally for a 68-61 win. Vik Singh hit a pair of late 3-pointers to help Rutgers-Newark come back from as many as 19 down in a 61-54 NJAC win at Rutgers-Camden. With the win, the Scarlet Raiders move to 12-4 in the conference and 17-6 overall, tied with Stockton for second in the standings.

Virginia Wesleyan knocked down 15 3-pointers to coast past Hampden-Sydney 80-52 to improve to 11-2 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action. The 15 made threes tie the school record for 3-pointers in a game. Tim Jones scored a game-high 20. Roanoke edged Washington and Lee 93-92 to remain one game behind the first-place Marlins.

In a game that saw both teams shoot less than 32 percent from the floor, WPI pulled away late to edge MIT 58-50 in a NEWMAC men's basketball game. Sean Doncaster notched his second consecutive double-double for WPI (17-5, 7-4) with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Bradley Jomard led all players with 21 points for MIT (16-5, 8-3).

Nichols won its 11th consecutive game, as the Bison defeated Salve Regina 83-75. Marcos Echevarria went 8-for-13 from the field, including seven 3-pointers, en route to 25 points. Nichols was 11th out of 11 teams ranked in the Northeast Region. 

Shane Pasquantonio completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 6.9 seconds left to lift Westfield State to a 73-71 come-from-behind win over Elms in a non-conference game. Westfield was led by 26 points from Jesus Sanchez on 9-for-15 shooting from the floor.