In a span of just four days, the No. 17-ranked Marietta College Men's Basketball team laid waste to its second Top-10 opponent as the Pioneers crushed the College of Wooster, ranked seventh nationally, by the score of 99-70 Wednesday (Nov. 23) evening. This follows MC's 24-point win over No. 2 Christopher Newport on Saturday. Marietta (4-0 overall) scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed. Wooster (2-1) got a layup from Dan Fanelly at the 8:52 mark to make it a four-point game, 24-20. The Pioneers used a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to extend the margin to 12 points, 36-24. Marietta then closed the first half on a 12-3 run and took a 51-29 advantage into halftime. Kyle Dixon (6'4''-F) poured in 16 first half points as the Pioneers shot a blistering 57.6% from the floor and 71.4% from three-point range in the opening period. Dixon finished with 22 points connecting on four treys in the game. Wooster could only get within 16 points in the second half. A layup from Spencer Williams (6'2''-G-95) made it 66-50 with 11:52 left in the game. But Marietta's three-point barrage continued as the Pioneers sank seven after halftime and 12 total for the game. A three-ball from Dixon with 4:42 remaining pushed the margin to 32 points, 90-58. While the Pioneers were on fire from downtown, Wooster struggled all night hitting just 1-of-14 from behind the arc. The Scots also turned the ball over 14 times against Marietta's stifling defense resulting in 29 MC points. Young equaled Dixon with 22 points in the game to lead the Pioneers. He scored 13 of his points in the second half nailing three shots from long range after halftime. Young tallied four three-pointers on the night and dished out a game-high five assists. A.J. Edwards (6'5''-F) just missed his second double-double of the season chipping in with 19 points and nine rebounds. He also blocked three Wooster shots. Keith Richardson (5'9''-PG) came off the bench to score nine points. Fanelly led the Fighting Scots with 20 points. Williams finished with 17 points, while Alex Baptiste (6'7''-F) had 11 points, seven boards and four blocked shots. For the game, Marietta shot 53.1% (34-of-64) from the floor, 66.7% (12-of-18) from three-point range and 65.5% (19-of-29) at the free throw line. Wooster was 26-of-60 (43.3%) from the floor, 1-of-14 (7.1%) behind the arc and 17-of-23 (73.9%) at the line. The Pioneers had a 39-33 edge on the glass. Marietta committed just nine turnovers in the game, while forcing 14 Wooster turnovers. Marietta is back in action on Sunday (Nov. 27) when the Pioneers host Bethany College at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Player of the Year: Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) of Babson Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (6'4''-G) of Springfield Coach of the Year: Jeff Brown of Middlebury 1st Team Marcos Echevarria (5'10''-PG) of Nichols Joey Flannery of Babson Matt St.Amour (6'3''-G) of Middlebury Hugh Lindo (6'4''-F-94) of Eastern Connecticut Edward Ogundeko (6'5''-C/F) of Trinity (Conn.) 2nd Team Raheem Anderson (6'1''-G) of Husson Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) of Williams Jake Ross of Springfield Matt Ozzella (6'4''-G/F... [read more]
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Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead in... [read more]
Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead into the half. Babson held Augustana at arm's length for much of the second half and led 71-61 with six minutes to play when the Vikings started their rally. Nolan Ebel (6'1''-G) hit a three-pointer with less than three minutes left to pull the Vikings within four at 79-75. After a couple of empty possessions for both teams, Augustana fouled Babson with 21 seconds left, sending the Beavers to the free throw line for one-and one. They missed the first shot and Augustana grabbed the rebound and found Jacob Johnston for three to cut the lead to 79-78 with 10 seconds left. Babson again missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Vikings gave the ball to Ebel who raced down the floor. Ebel tried to arc a shot over three Babson defenders with three seconds left but Flannery smacked the ball away. Babson grabbed the rebound and was fouled with one second left. Babson missed the one-and-one again but, after an Augustana time out, the Vikings only had time for a long heave down the floor that was deflected away. Flannery finished with 23 points, which gives him 2,620 in his career, good enough for eighth place all-time in Division III. Isaiah Nelsen scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half and Comenale finished with 16 points for Babson. Ebel notched 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Augustana (24-9). Augustana finishes as national runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Babson's championship is the first men's basketball title for the College and the fifth overall in team sports. Babson won three titles in men's soccer in 1975, 1979 and 1980 and a men's hockey championship in 1984. Flannery, who was named Player of the Year before the game, took home the Most Oustanding Player award. The other members of the All-Tournament team were Nelsen, Ebel, Chrishawn Orange (6'2''-G) for Augustana and Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) for Williams. Before the title game, the East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 139-116 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reece's Division III All-Star Game. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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