|To Augustana's chagrin, Charlie Noone scored 17 points in 45 minutes and UW-Oshkosh outlasted the Vikings on Saturday night.
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No. 1 Whitman narrowly escaped an upset but the second and third ranked teams weren't as lucky. UW-Oshkosh outlasted Augustana and Wesleyan dumped Williams, while Baldwin Wallace stung No. 6 Marietta at the buzzer.
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Top-ranked Whitman scored five points in the final minute and escaped Puget Sound 111-108 to complete a 2-0 road trip on the Northwest Conference's opening weekend. Puget Sound led the Blues 51-50 at the half and exchanged leads with Whitman throughout the second period. Puget Sound's Jimmy Wohrer scored a layup with 60 seconds left to put the Loggers in front 108-106. On the ensuing Whitman possesion the Loggers fouled All-American guard Tim Howell who made both free throws to tie the game at 108. After Puget Sound missed a wide open three off a loose ball, the Loggers fouled freshman Darné Duckett well beyond the three point line with 13 seconds left. Duckett made both free throws which proved to be the game-winning points.
Howell scored 26 points for Whitman (5-0, 2-0 NWC), which shot 52 percent from the field (42-for-81) but 56 percent from the foul line (22-for-39). Wohrer and Walke Shibley-Styer combined for 38 points and 11 three-pointers for Puget Sound (6-2, 0-2 NWC). Box score
Earlier in the night No. 18 UW-Oshkosh beat No. 2 Augustana 95-89 in a double-overtime thriller. Oshkosh's Ben Boots scored a layup with four seconds left in regulation to put the Titans in front 76-74, only to see Augustana's Chrishawn Orange race down the floor and score a game-tying layup. Charlie Noone scored two of his 17 points with 2:05 left in double-overtime to put Oshkosh back in front 88-87 and the Vikings didn't score again until the game was already in hand for the Titans. Box score
No. 3 Williams could not close out Wesleyan in regulation and the Cardinals made the Ephs pay, beating them 72-67 in overtime. After Mike Greenman's three-pointer put Williams in front 55-51 with five minutes left, the Ephs' offense went cold and managed just two free throws the rest of the way. Wesleyan tied the game on a Jordan James' layup with 2:26 remaining and Jordan Sears scored six points down the stretch in overtime to push Wesleyan to victory. The teams will meet again on January 5 in the game that counts in the NESCAC standings. Box score
The string of thrilling finishes started early Saturday afternoon when Baldwin Wallace's Michael Quiring banked in a three at the buzzer to beat No. 6 Marietta, 73-72 (video below). The Pioneers appeared poised to eek out a victory when Dillon Young was fouled with four seconds left in a tie game. Young made both free throws to give Marietta a 72-70 lead. Out of time outs, Baldwin Wallace inbounded the ball, ran down the court and found Quiring for the game-winning desperation heave. Quiring finished with 25 points for the Yellow Jackets who ended the Pioneers' 39-game home winning streak. Recap
Saturday afternoon upsets claimed four other ranked teams as victims. Short-handed Christopher Newport fell at home to Frostburg State, 83-81, ending the Captains' nine-game winning streak against the Bobcats. Colby knocked off CBB rival Bowdoin 89-84 behind Ethan Schlager's 19 points. Hampden-Sydney topped No. 23 Emory 90-85 and Wabash's five starters scored double figures in an 85-72 win at No. 25 Wooster.
No. 8 Ramapo used a balanced attack to beat Stockton 81-67, keeping the Roadrunners perfect and the Ospreys winless in NJAC play. Christopher Mosely led Ramapo with 18 points, but four other Roadrunners also scored double figures. Tarchee Brown scored 27 points, grabbed nine rebounds and tallied six assists, and No. 24 Eastern Connecticut cruised past Rhode Island College 86-61 in its conference opener.
Outside the Top 25, Lake Forest built a 21-point half-time lead over visiting Grinnell and held on for a 104-91 victory. Eric Porter poured in 42 points for the Foresters who improved to 6-1, 3-0 in the Midwest Conference. New Jersey City got 30 points from Sam Toney and needed almost all of them to hold off Rutgers-Camden, 86-83. The Gothic Knights are 7-0, 3-0 in the NJAC. St. John's opened MIAC play with an impressive 79-63 victory over Bethel while Hamline topped St. Thomas 69-61.