Sophomore guard Nate Axelrod (5'7''-PG) (Dublin/Coffman) hit a trio of 3-pointers during a pair of first-half runs that helped 10th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan build a double-digit lead, and the Bishops withstood a potential game-tying shot in holding on for a win over Lynchburg in second-round action in the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday at Branch Rickey Arena. Ohio Wesleyan advances to the round of 16 to face Benedictine (Ill.) in a sectional semifinal game on Friday. The other sectional semifinal matches St. Norbert (Wis.) against Alma (Mich.). The games will be played on the campus of one of the competing institutions. The Bishops led, 94-84, with 3:27 remaining when Lynchburg rallied with a 3-pointer by Zack Burnett (6'2''-G) and a lay-in by Alex Graves (6'4''-F). Junior post Ben Simpson (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest) scored on a putback to give Ohio Wesleyan a 3-possession lead at 96-89 with 2:20 remaining, but the Hornets countered when Burnett converted a 3-point play off an A.J. Hamilton (6'1''-G/F) steal. After forcing a 30-second violation, Lynchburg pulled to within 96-94 on Burnett's lay-in with :57 left in regulation time. Axelrod drove for a lay-in that didn't fall, and the Hornets cleared the rebound with a chance to tie. Sophomore guard Seth Clark (6'3''-G) (Lewis Center/Olentangy) came up with a steal and was fouled, and Clark hit the first of 2 free throws for a 97-94 Bishop lead with :12 left. Bobby Ford (6'3''-G) got a look at a game-tying 3-pointer, but his shot hit the rim. Ford, following his shot, tipped the ball back in the direction of Burnett, but the ball bounced into the backcourt. Burnett chased the ball down but was not able to get off a shot before the buzzer. Ohio Wesleyan opened the game with a 10-2 burst that included 3-pointers by senior wing Claude Gray (6'4''-F) (Avon) and Axelrod. The Hornets chipped away at the deficit, closing to within 19-16 on Ford's 3-pointer with 13:01 left in the first half. Axelrod knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and Simpson added another bucket from long range during a 13-4 Ohio Wesleyan run that made it 32-20 just past the midway point of the half, and Ohio Wesleyan would take its biggest lead of the half on a Clark 3-pointer that made it 53-38 with 3:13 to play. Ohio Wesleyan still led by 15 points at 74-59 with 12:33 remaining, and the Bishops had a double-digit lead with 3:27 to go when the Hornets started their comeback. Axelrod, Clark, and Simpson scored 22 points apiece for Ohio Wesleyan, with Simpson grabbing a team-high 16 rebounds and Axelrod dishing out 7 assists. Gray added 20 points, giving the Bishops their first quartet of 20-point scorers in a game for the first time in recent history. Gray's 20 points increased his career total to 1445, moving him into 10th place on the Ohio Wesleyan career list ahead of Lee Rowlinson, who scored 1434 points from 1985-88. Ohio Wesleyan attempted 50 3-point shots in the game, breaking the school and arena record of 47 set against Allegheny on Feb. 13. Burnett led all scorers with 30 points. Graves finished with 17 points, Austen Arnold scored 15 points, and Hamilton added 10 points. Courtesy of: battlingbishops.com
Salem ain't so: Men's title game on the move - 9 days ago
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After more than two decades, the Division III men's basketball championship will call some place other than the Salem (Va.) Civic Center home, starting in 2019. The NCAA announced the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the host for NCAA Division III men's basketball national semifinals and national chanpionship games in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 [read more]
After more than two decades, the Division III men's basketball championship will call some place other than the Salem (Va.) Civic Center home, starting in 2019. The NCAA announced the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the host for NCAA Division III men's basketball national semifinals and national chanpionship games in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The NCAA announced the host site for all of Division III's championships through the end of the 2021-2022 athletic season. Three separate sites will host the Division III women's basketball championship game. Salem has hosted the national semifinals every year since 1996 and hosted the national championship every year but 2013 when all three Divisions played their national title game in Atlanta. The 2017-18 national semifinals and championship game will be played in the Salem Civic Center before the move takes effect the following season. The Salem Civic Center is part of the James E. Taliaferro Sports and Entertainment Complex, along with Salem Stadium which has hosted the NCAA Division III football national championship game every year since 1993. The Stagg Bowl will played one more time in Salem in December 2018 before it moves to Shenandoah, Texas, for two years. The Civic Center, which opened in October 1967, seats around 5,000 for basketball. The move will likely separate national championship weekend from the Jostens Trophy award ceremony, which has traditionally taken place on Thursday of championship weekend. The Jostens Trophy is administered by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and given out by the Salem Rotary Club to one player from Division III men's basketball and one from Division III women's basketball in honor of excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Sewanee men's basketball coach Bradley Pierson resigns - 13 days ago
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Bradley Pierson on Thursday became the third Sewanee coach to resign since February. Pierson stepped down after one season as the men's basketball coach to become the coach at his high school alma mater, Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Pierson's resignation followed those of football coach Tommy Laurendine, who stepped down in February, and women's basketball coach Tom Campbell, who stepped down in March. Travis Rundle was hired as the new football coach and Tracy Braden was as the new wom... [read more]
Bradley Pierson on Thursday became the third Sewanee coach to resign since February. Pierson stepped down after one season as the men's basketball coach to become the coach at his high school alma mater, Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Pierson's resignation followed those of football coach Tommy Laurendine, who stepped down in February, and women's basketball coach Tom Campbell, who stepped down in March. Travis Rundle was hired as the new football coach and Tracy Braden was as the new women's basketball coach. The men's basketball team posted a 15-12 record under Pierson in 2016-17. Pierson finished with the most wins as a first-year coach in program history. Prior to being named the Tigers head coach, Pierson served as an assistant for three seasons. "Coach Pierson has left an indelible impression on the Sewanee men's basketball program as a player, as an assistant coach, and finally as our head coach," Sewanee athletics director Mark Webb said. "His contributions are many, and he will certainly be missed by our players and athletic staff." Courtesy of: tennessean.com
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