No. 17 ranked Wesleyan University outplayed No. 4 Marietta College Wednesday (Dec. 21) evening in the Daytona Beach Shootout. The Cardinals posted a convincing 81-65 win to remain perfect on the season at 11-0 overall. The loss drops Marietta to 8-2 overall. Turnovers proved costly for the Pioneers as Marietta committed 22 in the game resulting in 23 Wesleyan points. It was the most turnovers in a game for Marietta in over two years. The first half was a back and forth affair as neither team led by more than six points through the first 18 minutes of play. A.J. Edwards (6'5''-F) sank a three-pointer midway through the period to give Marietta its biggest lead of the night, 20-14. Wesleyan answered with 11-straight points to go in front, 25-20, at the 6:00 minute mark. The Cardinals pushed their lead to 10 points, 36-26, with a minute remaining and led 36-28 at halftime. Marietta regrouped at halftime. Mel Shuler (5'10''-PG) drained a trey to cut the deficit to one, 46-45, five minutes into the second half. Wesleyan clung to a small lead until a layup from Keith Richardson (5'9''-PG) at 6:56 tied the game, 60-60. Following a Wesleyan turnover, Edwards was fouled and made one of two free throws to put the Pioneers in front for the first time since the 9:35 mark of the first half. Wesleyan grabbed the momentum right back after forcing Marietta to turn the ball over on its next two possessions. Richardson was then whistled for a costly technical foul, which was also his fifth personal foul. After a third Pioneer turnover, Marietta saw its one-point lead turn into a six-point deficit in less than two minutes of play. The Cardinal defense continued to clamp down on the Pioneers. Wesleyan limited Marietta to just four points in the final 6:21 of the game. Dillon Young (6'0''-PG) and Kyle Dixon (6'4''-F) each scored 16 points to lead the Pioneers. Edwards finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Joseph Kuo led Wesleyan with 21 points. Harry Rafferty finished with 19 points, while Kevin O'Brien grabbed a game-high nine boards. For the game, Marietta shot 37.7% (23-of-61) from the floor, 28.6% (8-of-28) from three-point range and 73.3% (11-of-15) at the free throw line. Wesleyan was 29-of-65 (44.6%) from the floor, 5-of-17 (29.4%) behind the arc and 18-of-33 (54.5%) from the line. The Cardinals outrebounded Marietta, 43-38. Wesleyan committed 16 turnovers to MC's 22. The Pioneers are right back in action on Thursday (Dec. 22) against No. 2 ranked Whitman College. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Marietta's final nonconference game of the season. 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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