Junior Spencer Williams (6'2''-G-95) became the 42nd member of The College of Wooster men's basketball 1,000-point club, and the Fighting Scots won their sixth straight contest with a 103-85 triumph over Hiram College on Wednesday evening at Timken Gymnasium. Junior Spencer Williams became the 42nd Wooster men's player to join the 1,000-point club on Wednesday night. Williams, who entered the night with 995 career points, eclipsed the 1,000-point mark on a layup with 2:40 remaining in the opening half. Wooster (12-6, 9-2 North Coast Athletic Conference), who led nearly wire-to-wire, utilized its long-range shooting to open up a 10-3 lead with 17:08 to go in the half. Senior Dan Fanelly (6'6''-F/C) was at the forefront of an 8-0 run, as the forward book-ended the stretch with a pair of 3-pointer, the first of which gave the Scots the lead for good at 5-3. Hiram's (7-10, 4-6 NCAC) Kyle Deckerd (6'0''-PG) pulled the Terriers within three at 19-16 with 12:29 to go in the stanza on a pair of quick buckets, but Wooster quickly regrouped. First, freshman Danyon Hempy (6'5''-G) knocked down a 3-pointer to push the lead out to six. Then, after a Hiram foul away from the ball on the first trifecta, Hempy beat his man to cap the quick six-point swing with a second 3-pointer off the inbounds pass from sophomore Mitch Balser. In fact, the quick 3-pointers marked a stretch of 13 straight Wooster points scored by Hempy, as the dynamite guard later knocked down a jumper and a third 3-pointer before capping the stretch with a dunk on the fast-break feed from Fanelly. Later, Wooster pushed its lead out to 18 at 41-23 with 6:53 to go in the half. Junior Alex Baptiste (6'7''-F) headlined a 9-0 spree with a fast-break dunk as the Scots' team speed took over about midway through the half and led to an eventual 58-36 lead at the intermission, marking the third straight game Wooster's scored at least 50 first-half points. Wooster continued its offensive surge in the second half as the Scots combined to make four of their first five field goals, including a 3-pointer by Fanelly and a Williams' layup that pushed the lead out to 25 both times. Then, Wooster got the job done at the free-throw line as the Scots' next eight points came at the charity stripe with Williams going a perfect 6-for-6 at the line during that stretch as part of his 12-for-12 mark at the free-throw stripe for the game. Of note, Williams' night at the free-throw line marked the first time a Scots was perfect from the charity stripe with at least a dozen makes since Scott Purcell went 12-for-12 against Hiram on Jan. 15, 2014. Later, Baptiste cleaned up on the offensive end with a tip-in to spark a 13-2 burst, enabling Wooster to open up a game-high 30-point lead at 92-62 after a pair of free throws from Fanelly with 7:24 to go in the contest. Fanelly and Hempy led Wooster with a game-high 19 points each. Fanelly's night included a 4-for-4 outing from beyond the arc, while Hempy was 6-for-8 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point land. Williams (18), Baptiste (14), and senior Milt Davis (12) rounded out the Scots with double figures in scoring. Other notable stats included Baptiste's eight rebounds, four Scots with at least three assists - including Balser's game-high five - and sophomore Eric Bulic's three blocks. Deckerd led Hiram with 10 points and four assists. Notable, Wooster held Kelvin Jones and Paul Ortiz to a combined 13 points. The duo scored 50 of Hiram's 72 points during the Terriers 72-68 win over the Scots back on Dec. 7. Next, Wooster starts a stretch of five road games in a six-game span with a 3 p.m. tilt at DePauw University (9-9, 5-6 NCAC) on Saturday. Courtesy of: d3hoops.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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