Visiting Case Western Reserve University held the University of Rochester scoreless over the final 3:23 and went on to a 75-72 victory over the sixth-ranked Yellowjackets at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Sunday afternoon. It was just the third loss of the year for the Yellowjackets (21-3 overall, 10-3 University Athletic Association) and it determined the UAA playoff race. Washington University defeated Brandeis, 95-91, in Waltham, MA on Sunday to clinch the UAA title and automatic bid. Washington is 12-1 with one game left. Rochester and Washington swapped road victories this season. Rochester has been ranked number one in the East Region by the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Committee for the first two polls. The third poll will be issued this Wednesday. UR finishes the regular season at Emory University in Atlanta. Emory is fourth in the UAA with an 8-5 mark (17-7 overall). The Eagles are trying to earn a Pool C (at-large) invitation to the NCAA tournament. A win over Rochester might accomplish that. This victory was the third win in the last four games for Case (8-16, 3-10 UAA). Colin Zucker (6'0''-PG) scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He hit six three-pointers in 15 attempts. Connor Nally (6'5''-F) hit five of 11 outside the arc enroute to 19 points. He grabbed eight rebounds. Javier Alvarez had 13 points for Case to go with seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals. As a team, Case broke the Palestra record for three-point attempts. The Spartans made 13 in 46 tries. CWRU held the previous record of 41 attempts - set last season. Rochester made only four treys in 24 shots. CWRU hit the boards hard and it paid off. The Spartans collected 19 offensive rebounds and turned those into 23 second-chance points. Case held a 45-41 overall edge on the glass. Jacob Wittig scored 20 points for Rochester. Zack Ayers (6'10''-F) had 16 points. Sam Borst-Smith (6'3''-G) scored 14, and Ryan Clamage (6'4''-G) had 11. The Yellowjackets couldn't string together any offensive consistency. Their longest scoring outburst was eight points - two free throws apiece by Mack Montague (6'3''-G) and Borst-Smith, a reverse layup by Wittig, and a backdoor layup by Andrew Lundstrom (6'6''-F). It put UR up, 50-48. Zucker scored five points in 26 seconds. He swished a three-pointer from right wing to restore the lead (51-50) and added two free throws after a Lundstrom foul for a 53-50 lead with 13:35 on the clock. Neither team could get more than a two or three-point edge over the last 13 minutes. Zucker's sixth three-pointer came with 4:33 left. He missed an attempt, got his own rebound, worked his way outside the arc on left wing and connected this time. It broke a 67-all tie. Rochester used two free throws from Wittig and a three-pointer by Borst-Smith to take a 72-70 lead with 3:23 left. Alvarez drilled a three-pointer with 3:04 left (73-72 Case) and after Montague missed a jumper for Rochester, Nally grabbed two big rebounds. He collected the defensive board. When Zucker missed a layup, Nally fought for the rebound and the followup, 75-72 with 2:30 left. After a series of misses at both ends, Zucker made the front end of a two-shot foul for the 76-72 lead with 17 seconds left. Rochester missed two more three-point shots. Alvarez collected the second one and was fouled with five seconds remaining. He missed the one-and-one with 0:01 on the clock, but it didn't matter. 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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