Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/30/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Sunday, November 30, 2014. Four Ivy League teams were in action – BrownDartmouth, Princeton, and Yale. Princeton finished their time at the Wooden Legacy Tournament.

 

Yale Gets Past Hartford With Big Second Half

Justin Sears bounced back from his poor performance against Providence on Friday with a 14 point and 11 rebound effort against Hartford. The Bulldogs outscored Hartford by 10 points in the second half to win 69-57.

It was an even start to the first half with neither team establishing a large advantage. Yale led 13-9 with 12:51 left in the half before Hartford went on an 8-0 run to take a 17-13 lead. That lead evaporated after back-to-back three pointers from Javier Duren, but Yale only held a slim 27-25 advantage at halftime.

Hartford was led in the first half by John Carroll with 6 points off the bench. The Hawks shot 37.5% from the field and hit 3 of 6 three pointers. They also committed 6 turnovers. Javier Duren led Yale with 9 points on 3 of 3 shooting from behind the arc. The Bulldogs shot 40.7% from the field and hit 3 of 9 three pointers. They committed 5 turnover and held a slim 19-16 margin over Hartford on the glass.

Yale came out in the second half and took it to the Hawks. Justin Sears had five points and Jack Montague had 8 points to lead Yale to a 40-25 lead with 15:48 left in the game. Hartford got their first bucket of the half a short time later, but Yale proved to be too much. They led by as much as 20 at 52-32 with 10:45 remaining. It was an 8 point game with 4:06 left to play after Taylor Dyson’s three pointer, but Yale hit their free throws down the stretch to keep the Hawks from mounting a serious comeback.

Taylor Dyson, Yolonzo Moore II, and Justin Graham each had 8 points for Hartford. The Hawks shot 28.6% from the field and were 3 of 12 on three pointers (25%) in the second half. Justin Sears had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the second half to lead Yale. The Bulldogs shot 55% from the floor and went 18 of 24 from the free throw line (75%). They committed 10 turnovers, but out-rebounded Hartford 24-18.

Taylor Dyson had 13 points and Yolonzo Moore II had 11 points. Hartford went 19 of 59 from the field (32.3%) and hit 6 of 18 three pointers (33.3%) for the game. They went 13 of 21 from the charity stripe (61.9%) and committed 11 turnovers.

Yale was led by Justin Sears’ 14 points and 11 rebounds, but he had help from others. Jack Montague had 13 points and 4 rebounds, Javier Duren had 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Matt Townsend had 10 points and 4 rebounds. The Bulldogs went 22 of 47 from the field (46.8%) and hit 5 of 14 three pointers (35.7%). They hit 20 of 28 free throws (71.4%), out-rebounded Hartford 43-32, and committed 15 turnovers.

 

Dartmouth Loses Close Game At Home To New Hampshire

Daniel Dion scored 23 points, including the game winner, for New Hampshire as they downed Dartmouth 65-63 in a thrilling game.

Early on Daniel Dion scored the first 5 points for New Hampshire and Connor Boehm scored the first 4 points for Dartmouth. At 14-14 Dartmouth went on a 6-0 run, but the Wildcats kept it close by going on a 10-4 run. Late layups by both teams made it 26-25 at the break in favor of Dartmouth.

New Hampshire was led in the first half by Ronnel Jordan’s 11 points off the bench. The Wildcats shot 39.3% from the field and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). Dartmouth got 7 points out of Alex Mitola in the first half, but hit only 39.1% of their shots and were 4 of 11 from beyond the arc (36.4%).

Daniel Dion came out in the second half on fire. He went 4 for 4 including going three for three from beyond the arc. That allowed New Hampshire to take a 38-32 lead at the under 16 media break. New Hampshire led 42-34, but a 14-4 run by Dartmouth, capped off by Malik Gill’s three pointer, gave them a 48-46 lead. The game continued to go back and forth until the end. Down 63-60, Alex Mitola drained a 3 with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 63. A timeout by New Hampshire allowed them to set up Daniel Dion’s jumper with 4 seconds left. Malik Gill tried a game winning three but his shot was no good and New Hampshire held on for the 65-63 win.

In the second half, Daniel Dion had 15 points while Tanner Leissner scored 13 points. The Wildcats shot 58.3% from the field and hit 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%). Dartmouth was led by Connor Boehm’s 10 points with Malik Gill scoring 8 points. and Gabas Maldunas scoring 7 points. The Big Green shot 54.2% from the field and hit 4 of 5 three pointers (80%). Neither team had an advantage on the boards in the second half as both grabbed 9 rebounds.

For the game, Dion had 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting. Ronnel Jordan scored 15 points on an excellent 7 of 9 shooting and Tanner Leissner had 13 points and 6 rebounds. New Hampshire went 25 of 52 from the field (48.1%) and hit 6 of 20 three pointers (30%). They went 9 of 14 on free throws (64.3%) and committed just 7 turnovers in the victory.

Connor Boehm led Dartmouth with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Alex Mitola scored 13 points, Malik Gill had 10 points, and Gabas Maldunas scored 8 points. The Big Green shot 22 of 47 from the floor (46.8%) and hit 8 of 16 three pointers (50%). They went 11 of 18 from the charity stripe (61.1%), out-rebounded New Hampshire slightly at 30-28, and committed 12 turnovers.

New Hampshire (3-2) faces LIU-Brooklyn (0-4) on Wednesday. Dartmouth (1-3) goes on the road to take on Longwood (2-5) on Wednesday night.

 

Brown Fends Off Johnson & Wales For Third Win

It was not always easy and not pretty, but the Brown Bears defeated Division 3 Johnson & Wales on Sunday 75-65. Tom Garrick scored 29 points for Johnson & Wales, but it was not enough.

Brown took the advantage right away and tried to build up on it. They led 19-11 and then led 23-19 at the under 8 timeout. A three pointer from JR Hobbie started a 7-0 run by the Bears to make it 30-19. Brown was near a double digit lead for the rest of the first half as they went into the break leading 39-31.

Tom Garrick had 12 points and 5 rebounds in the first half for J&W. Quarry Greenaway chipped in 9 points and 4 rebounds. They shot 32.3% from the field, went 3 of 12 from behind the arc (25%), and committed 8 turnovers. JR Hobbie had 10 points on 3 of 5 shooting for Brown, which includes his 3 of 4 shooting from the perimeter. Rafael Maia had 8 points and 8 rebounds in the first half as well. Brown shot 43.3% from the field and hit 4 of 8 three pointers (50%). Brown out-rebounded J&W 24-17 and committed 8 turnovers.

The second half began with Brown holding a 41-34 lead with 18:49 left in the game, but then both teams went cold. It would be three and a half minutes before either team put up another point with Garrick hitting a three pointer to close the deficit to 4 points at 41-37. A short time later, Brown went on a 7-0 run to take a 52-40 lead. Johnson & Wales closed the game to 67-62 deficit with 1:51 left to play, but the Bears ended the game on an 8-2 run by hitting all 6 of their free throws to seal the victory.

Tom Garrick had 17 points in the second half on 5 of 10 shooting to lead the Wildcats. They shot 33.3% from the field and hit only 3 of 12 three pointers (25%) with Garrick having two of those three successful shots. The Wildcats committed 6 turnovers in the second half. Brown was led by 10 second half points from Steven Spieth and Leland King. The Bears hit 48% of their shots and went 2 of 8 from beyond the arc (25%). Brown out-rebounded W&J 25-17 in the second half, but committed 12 turnovers.

For the game, Garrick had 29 points and 8 rebounds. He shot 9 of 20 from the field, 4 of 10 from beyond the arc, and hit 7 of 11 free throws. Quarry Greenaway had 11 points and 9 rebounds. The Wildcats went 22 of 67 from the field (32.8%) and hit 6 of 24 three pointers (25%). They went 15 of 24 from the free throw line (62.5%) and committed 14 turnovers.

Leland King led Brown with 16 points and 9 rebounds while Steven Spieth had 15 points and 6 rebounds. JR Hobbie finished with 13 points and Rafael Maia had 12 points and an excellent 16 rebounds. The Bears shot 25 of 55 from the field (45.5%) and 6 of 16 on their three pointers (37.5%). The Bears went 19 of 32 from the free throw line (59.4%), out-rebounded the Wildcats 49-38, and committed 20 turnovers.

Brown (3-5) will face American U (4-3) on Wednesday night at home.

 

 Princeton Routs San José State For Second Win

Princeton’s offense came to life against San José State in the 69-54 victory in the 7th place game at the Wooden Legacy Tournament. Spencer Weisz led the way with 16 points and went 4 of 4 on three pointers.

Princeton started very well getting out to a 12-2 lead while starting 5 for 5 from the field. They led 14-2 before a 9-0 run by the Spartans made it 14-11. The game was as close as 20-19 with 6:51 to play, but the Spartans would not register a single point the rest of the half. That allowed Princeton to go on a 10-0 run to end the half and take a 30-19 lead at the break.

Hans Brase led Princeton with 8 first half points on 3 of 5 shooting. Spencer Wiesz had 6 points as well. The Tigers shot 44% in the first half and hit 6 of 13 three pointers (46.2%). They were better on the glass, out-rebounding the Spartans 16-10 and committed 7 turnovers. The Spartans struggled from the field shooting 33.3% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc (5 of 13).

Princeton started the second on fire going 10 for 10 before they missed their first shot over halfway through the second frame. They opened up a 45-26 lead and had little trouble from the Spartans. The one player they could not stop was Jordan Baker who was far and away the best player for San José State. Princeton led by as much as 20 points at 60-40, but the Spartans could not mount a serious comeback even when they trailed 61-50.

In the second half, Weisz scored 10 points while Brase scored 7 points and had 5 assists. The Tigers shot an astounding 71.4% in the second half from the field and hit 2 of their 4 three pointers. They were very dominant on the inside as the Spartans failed to stop the back-door cuts. The Spartans were led by 18 second half points from Jordan Baker who was on fire as well. He shot 7 of 9 from the field. As a team, the Spartans shot 54.5% from the field in the second half and hit 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%).

Princeton was led by 16 points and 5 assists by Spencer Weisz. Hans Brase had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Tigers shot 26 of 46 from the field (56.5%) and hit 8 of 17 three pointers (47.1%). They converted only 9 of 17 free throws (52.9%), out-rebounded San José State 28-23, and committed 13 turnovers.

Jordan Baker had 23 points for the game on 9 of 13 shooting. He was also 4 of 5 on three pointers, grabbed 6 rebounds, and had 4 assists. The Spartans went 19 of 43 from the field (44.2%) and hit 9 of 22 three pointers (40.9%). They went 7 of 10 on free throws and committed 18 turnovers.

Princeton (2-5) plays their next game at Fairleigh Dickinson (2-3) on Wednesday. San José State (1-6) has dropped six games in a row and faces UC-Davis (5-0) on Wednesday hoping to end the slide.

2014-15: Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings: Week 2

We are now officially well underway in the college basketball season. To date, there has been 15 days of basketball completed. The Ivy League teams have been in some exciting games and a few upsets thus far. Before we get to the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings for week 2, let’s look back at what we had for week 1.

Week 1 (11/14 – 11/22)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Harvard 2-1 1
2 Yale 3-1 3
3 Columbia 1-1 2
4 Cornell 2-3 8
5 Princeton 1-3 7
6 Brown 1-3 6
7 Dartmouth 0-2 4
8 Penn 0-3 5

 

Half the league is at .500 or better after two weeks while the other half is a combined 4-17. The only team without a win is Penn who sits at 0-5 and number eight in the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings. Here are the power rankings for week two in the Ivy League.

 

1. Harvard Crimson (4-1) – Harvard went 2-0 last week with an easy win over Houston and a tough game against UMass. Wesley Saunders got going for the Crimson with 51 points combined in the two games. Harvard also had a season low 8 turnovers against UMass, which is a good sign after how many they had to start the season.

2. Yale Bulldogs (5-2) – Yale went 2-1 last week winning at Kent State to capture the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. They also beat Lafayette before dropping the Black Friday game at Providence. The Bulldogs did not embarrass themselves in that game either. They played hard to the end and even though Justin Sears had a poor game, they had other players step up.

3. Columbia Lions (4-1) – Columbia went 3-0 last week and gave up an average of 44.7 points per game. The highest amount they gave up was 47 to Fairleigh Dickinson. If the Lions continue to play defense like this, they could see themselves push Yale for the second spot in the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings.

4. Cornell Big Red (4-4) – The Big Red are in a precarious position. At this point in the season, they are clearly not as good as the top three teams, but are clearly better than the bottom four teams. They lost to Drexel to start the week but rebounded with two solid performances against Canisius and Binghamton. If they can finish out games in the Ivy League portion of their schedule, they may be able to break into the top three.

5. Brown Bears (2-5) – The Bears mark the dartboard portion of the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings. The Bears started the week with an expected blowout loss to Illinois. Then they got crushed by 21 points in the Las Vegas Invitational against Austin Peay. They rebounded to beat Prairie View, but that was to be expected. The Bears will need to show more consistency if they want to hold on to the number 5 spot.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) – The Big Green played only one game and need a buzzer beater to win. Conner Boehm had the honors of the game winner that beat IPFW. Gabas Maldunas continues to get better (granted it has only been 3 games), which bodes well for Dartmouth. Still, they will need more than him to be competitive the rest of the year.

7. Princeton Tigers (1-5) – Princeton played two games in the Wooden Legacy and never really threatened to win either game. They lost to UTEP 62-56 and then followed that up with a 75-65 loss to San Diego. The Tigers continue to struggle from beyond the arc (less than 32% in their last three games). Unless Penn continues to lose, Princeton could find themselves in the cellar.

8. Penn Quakers (0-5) -The Quakers dropped two games in week 2 and are the only team in the Ivy League without a win. They lost at Temple in a good effort, but then lost to Wagner after hitting only 1 field goal in the final 10 minutes of the game. The Quakers continue to turn the ball over and struggle hitting three pointers.

 

Below is the table for week two’s Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings.

Week 2 (11/23 – 11/29)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Harvard 4-1 1
2 Yale 5-2 2
3 Columbia 4-1 3
4 Cornell 4-4 4
5 Brown 2-5 6
6 Dartmouth 1-2 7
7 Princeton 1-5 5
8 Penn 0-5 8

Check back next Sunday for the week three edition of the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/29/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Saturday, November 29, 2014. Four more Ivy League teams were in action – HarvardCornell, Columbia, and Penn. None of the teams were in a tournament like we saw in the previous few days.

 

Wesley Saunders Leads Harvard Past Massachusetts

Wesley Saunders scored the last 6 points for Harvard including two free throws in the final 38 seconds to allow the Crimson to hold on for a 75-73 over Massachusetts on Saturday.

Both teams were stroking the ball early in the first half. UMass had a 16-10 lead with 14 minutes left in the first half and with 7 minutes left it was 31-24 in favor of UMass. The scoring slowed down in the final quarter of the first half with with only 10 points combined from both teams in the final five minutes. The Minutemen held a 38-32 lead at the break.

UMass was led by 9 points from Trey Davis on 3 of 5 shooting and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. UMass shot 48.1% in the first half and were 3 of 5 on three point shots. Harvard was led by Saunders with 9 points on 4 of 7 shooting. The Crimson hit 46.7% from the field and hit only 1 of 5 three pointers.

Both teams were strong from the field early in the second half. UMass led 43-36 before a 9-2 run by Harvard tied the game at 45. Both teams continued to duke it out with neither team asserting themselves. With 1:17 left, the game was tied at 69, but 5 quick points from Saunders let them take a 74-71 lead. Derrick Gordon made a layup to cut the deficit to 1 point. Siyani Chambers and missed the front end of a one-and-one, but a foul by UMass put Saunders on the line and he went 1 of 2 to make it 75-73. Trey Davis tried a miracle three with a second left was no good.

Cady LaLanne had 8 points and 6 rebounds in the second half as UMass shot 48% from the field. They hit 1 of 4 three pointers and made 10 of 15 free throws (66.7%). Saunders really got going in the final 20 minutes with 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting. The Crimson shot 54.8% from the field and hit 4 of 10 three pointers. In addition, they committed only 3 turnovers.

For the game, UMass had 5 players finished in double figures. Cady LaLanne and Trey Davis had 13 points apiece with LaLanne also grabbing 13 boards. Maxie Esho scored 12 points and grabbed 5 boards while Derrick Gordon had 12 points. Jabarie Hinds chipped in 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting as well. UMass shot 25 of 52 from the field (48.1%) and 4 of 9 from beyond the arc (44.4%). They hit 19 of 28 free throws (67.9%), out-rebounded Harvard by a slight margin of 33 to 32, and committed 12 turnovers.

Saunders led the way for Harvard with 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting. Kenyatta Smith had 11 points and 7 rebounds to aid Saunders great game. The Crimson went 31 of 61 from the field (50.8%) and 5 of 15 from beyond the arc (33.3%). They made 8 of 14 free throws (57.1%) and committed only 8 turnovers.

Massachusetts (5-2) faces LSU (4-2) in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. Harvard (4-1) stays home to face Northeastern (5-1) on Wednesday night.

 

Cornell Dispatches Binghamton On The Road

Shonn Miller’s 11 points and 11 rebounds paced Cornell to a 68-54 win over Binghamton.

Both teams started the first half with mini-runs. Cornell hit a three pointer before Binghamton went on a 7-0 run. Cornell responded with a 12-2 run to take a 15-9 lead. That start, and the strong shooting from beyond the perimeter, would lead to a 23-12 lead just before the halfway point in the first half. An 8-0 run from the Bearcats cut that lead to 23-20, but Cornell responded with a 12-7 run to end the first half and a 35-27 lead at the break.

Devin Cherry had 7 first half points and 5 rebounds to lead the Big Red. They shot 42.9% from the field, but hit 9 of 17 threes (52.9%) to allow them to take an 8 point lead. Willie Rodriguez and Romello Walker both had 7 points for Binghamton as they shot 38.5% from the field as a team. They hit 2 of 9 three pointers and struggled on the glass grabbing on 14 boards compared to Cornell’s 21.

Shonn Miller scored the first 6 points for Cornell in the second half to get them going on offense. The rest of the team followed suit and the defense clamped down to allow the Big Red take a 51-33 lead with 12:38 left in the game. The Big Red would maintain that margin for the rest of the game on their way to a 68-54 win.

Shonn Miller and Robert Hatter led Cornell in the second half with 8 points apiece. Miller also had 8 rebounds. The Big Red shot 48.3% in the second half and went 25% from beyond the arc. Binghamton was led by Yosef Yacob in the second half with 11 points. The Bearcats shot 33.3% from the field and 28.6% from three point range.

Cornell was led by Shonn Miller 11 and 11 performance, but he was not the only player to contribute in a big way. Robert Hatter scored 14 points and Devin Cherry scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Big Red went 26 of 57 from the field (45.6%) and hit 11 of 25 three pointers (44%). Cornell hit 5 of 13 free throws (38.5%) and committed 11 turnovers.

Yacob Yosef had 15 points and 4 rebounds for Binghamton with Romello Walker scoring 10 points and grabbing 7 boards. The Bearcats shot 17 of 47 from the field (36.2%) and hit only 4 of 16 three pointers (25%). They hit 16 of 26 free throws (61.5%) and committed 12 turnovers.

Cornell (4-4) faces Massachusetts-Lowell (4-2) next Saturday, December 6 at home before playing the following two games on the road. Binghamton (1-6) takes on Boston U (1-3) on Wednesday.

 

Columbia’s Defense Continues Their Stellar Play

Columbia continues to play stifling defense and it has led them to their fourth win a row. Maodo Lo scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Lions past American U 52-43.

American grabbed an early 7-2 lead, but Columbia’s defense came alive and took a 16-13 lead with 10:47 to go in the first half. From the 10:47 mark to the 6:44 mark in the first half neither team was able to put a single point on the board. American’s John Schoof hit two free throws to end the scoring drought and eventually led to American taking a 21-18 lead. However, Columbia ended the first half on a 6-0 run to take a 24-21 lead at the break.

American was led by Schoof’s 8 first half points. The Eagles shot 37.5% in the first half and hit only 1 of 4 three pointers. The Lions were led by Lo’s 8 points and Cory Osetkowski with 7 points and 4 rebounds. They shot 45.8% from the field and 12.5% from beyond the arc.

The second half began with American going on a 9-2 run and taking a 30-26 lead. Pee Wee Gardner accounted for 4 points for the Eagles. At that point, the Lions turned the defense up and went on a 16-4 run to take control of the game at 42-34. However, American would continue to stick around getting as close as 44-41 before Columbia closed the game out on an 8-2 run.

The top scorer for American in the second half was Pee Wee Gardner with 6 points. The Eagles shot 34.6% from the field in the second half and hit 2 of 5 free throws. Columbia was led by 12 points from Lo and he also grabbed 9 rebounds. The Lions shot 41.7% in the second half and 23.1% from the perimeter.

For the game, American was led by John Schoof with 11 points. The Eagles went 18 of 50 from the field (36%) and hit 3 of 9 three pointers (33.3%). They went 4 of 6 from the free throw line and committed 10 turnovers.

Columbia was led by the 20 points and 9 rebounds from Maodo Lo. Jeff Coby had 10 points on 4 of 4 shooting as well. The Lions went 21 of 48 from the field (43.8%) and hit only 4 of 21 three pointers (19%). They went 6 of 10 from the charity stripe (60%), committed 9 turnovers, and out-rebounded American 35-29.

American U (4-3) faces a second straight Ivy League opponent on the road Wednesday in the Brown Bears (2-5). Columbia (4-1) faces Loyola (MD) (2-4) on Tuesday.

 

Penn Cannot Hold On To Late Lead In Loss To Wagner

Penn led for the first 58 minutes, but could not hang on when it mattered the most in a 64-61 loss to Wagner.

Penn got off to great start leading 14-2 eight minutes into the game. Even with 6 minutes left in the half, Penn held a 10 point lead at 21-11. Sam Jones made a layup at the buzzer to give the Quakers a halftime lead of 31-26.

In the first half, Darien Nelson-Henry and Tony Hicks were joint top scorers with 6 points. Three other players, Darnell Foreman, Greg Louis, and Antonio Woods, all had 5 points each. The Quakers hit 61.1% of their shots in the first half and were 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. They did, however, commit 12 turnovers. Wagner was led by 7 points from Marcus Burton. Aaren Edmead had 6 points. The Seahawks shot 41.7% in the first half hit 3 of 10 three pointers.

In the second half, Penn continued to hold on to the lead. Matt Howard had 5 points in a 31 second span to put Penn on top 38-30. Wagner got it down to a 43-41 lead with 13:33 left, but could not get closer until late in the game. Penn held a 58-54 lead with 5:18 left, but a cold streak allowed Wagner to get their first lead of the game at 59-58 with 1:43 left to play. Penn was undone by their cold shooting as they made only 1 bucket in the final 10 minutes of the game. That shot was a three pointer from Sam Jones with 2 seconds left. Wagner made the necessary free throws to win 64-61.

Penn was led in the second half by Matt Howard’s 9 points. They shot well in the second half going 8 of 15 from the field (53.2%), but had to rely on making free throws, which they hit only 60% of in the final 20 minutes. Wagner was led by 13 points from JoJo Cooper and 10 points from Marcus Burton. They shot 46.7% in the second half and hit 7 of 12 free throws (58.3%).

Darien Nelson-Henry had 11 points and 8 rebounds to lead Penn. Greg Louis and Matt Howard both had 9 points. They shot 19 of 33 from the field (57.6%) and hit 4 of 11 three pointers (36.4%). They went 19 of 28 from the free throw line (67.9%), out-rebounded Wagner 29-23, but committed 22 turnovers.

Wagner was led by 17 points from Marcus Burton and 15 points from JoJo Cooper. Wagner went 24 of 54 from the field (44.4%) and hit 6 of 20 three pointers (30%). They went 10 of 16 from the free throw line (62.5%) and committed only 10 turnovers.

Penn (0-5) travels to face Navy (2-5) on Wednesday. Wagner (2-3) faces Maine (0-4) on Tuesday on the road.

2014 NCAA Division 3 Playoffs Second Round Wrap Up

With 8 games played on Saturday, the 2014 NCAA Division 3 Playoffs is now down to the final eight teams. It was another exciting day of action and a recap of each game is below. Be sure to compare the results of each game to the predictions made in this posting on Friday. A schedule for the quarterfinals matchups can be found at the bottom of the page.

 

Wisconsin-Whitewater Bracket

Wabash (10-1) at Wisconsin-Whitewater (11-0)

It was 10-7 at halftime, but Wisconsin-Whitewater got their offense going in the second half to win 38-14 over Wabash. Quarterback Matt Behrendt threw four touchdown passes, including three to wide receiver Justin Howard, to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 3 Playoffs.

The Warhawks began with Behrendt’s first touchdown pass to Howard from 18 yards out. The Warhawks next drive ended with a lost fumble at the Wabash 28 yard line, but the Little Giants were unable to take advantage of the turnover. The first quarter ended with Behrendt’s first interception at the Wabash 10 with Delon Pettiford returning it 30 yards.

The Warhawks would escape any punishment by forcing a Wabash fumble and returning it back to the 46 yard line. The Warhawks would attempt a 31 yard field goal, but it was blocked by Tyler McCullen with Ethan Buresh returning it 79 yards for a touchdown. Will Meyer hit a 27 yard field goal to make it 10-7 at the break.

The second half began with Behrendt’s second interception at his own 17 yard line. Wabash would end up missing a 47 yard field goal to the left. Wabash’s next drive ended with a lost fumble and Behrendt hit Jake Kumerow for an 18 yard touchdown. The Warhawks made it 24-7 when Behrendt and Howard connected for a 46 yard touchdown. That 24-7 score line would hold up until the end of the quarter.

An early fourth quarter touchdown pass from Behrendt to Howard made it 31-7 and an interception returned for a touchdown on Wabash’s ensuing drive made it 38-7. Brady Grayvold was the man who made the interception and brought it back 34 yards for the score. Wabash got a small consolation touchdown from Mason Zurek from a yard out late in the game to make the final score 38-14.

Connor Rice went 7 of 17 for 88 yards and an interception for Wabash. Mason Zurek had 77 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Houston Hodges had 6 catches for 60 yards. Wabash was only able to get 234 yards on offense for the entire game.

Matt Behrend went 19 of 30 for 299 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 picks. Dennis Moore had 22 rushes for 107 yards while Jordan Ratliffe had 15 carries for 68 yards. Justin Howard had 6 catches for 126 yards with 3 touchdowns. Jake Kumerow had 3 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown while Joe Worth had 6 catches for 73 yards.

 

St. John’s (MN) (10-1) at Wartburg (11-0)

Wartburg scored 14 fourth quarter points to put away St. John’s 21-10 in a close battle. The Knights ran for 255 yards to pave their path to the 2014 NCAA Division 3 Playoffs quarterfinals.

The first half was quite boring with a lot of punts and not a lot of action. The first big swing of the game came when St. John’s Josh Bungum lost a fumble at his own 33. Wartburg drove down to the Johnnies 17 yard line, but missed a 39 yard field goal. The first half would end scoreless, but the action would pick up in the final 30 minutes.

Wartburg’s second drive produced the first points of the game with Logan Schrader connecting with Taylor Jacobsme for a 4 yard touchdown. The Johnnies responded in kind with a 15 yard touchdown pass from Nick Martin to J.T. Ford to tie the game at 7. The Johnnies ended the third quarter driving deep into Wartburg’s red zone to take a potential lead.

The Johnnies would take a 10-7 lead with Alexi Johnson’s 25 yard field goal. Wartburg responded immediately to take a 14-10 lead with Brandon Domeyer getting in from a yard out. The Johnnies had every chance to close the 4 point deficit. On third and 10 from the Wartburg 12 yard line, Martin fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Wartburg at the 16. The Knights made them pay with an 84 yard, 7 play drive to take a 21-10 lead. Schrader’s 56 yard touchdown run put the game on ice as the Johnnies failed to threaten score for the remainder of the game.

Nick Martin went 11 of 26 for 154 yards and a touchdown. He ran 13 times for 22 yards and lost a fumble. Josh Bungum had 24 carries for 81 yards and also lost a fumble. Bungum was also the leading receiver with 3 catches for 65 yards while J.T. Ford had 4 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Logan Schrader did not have a great game passing going 13 of 26 for only 87 yards and a touchdown pass. However, he got it done with his legs on 12 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Domeyer had 21 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. The top receiver for the Knights was Donald Miller with 3 catches for 23 yards.

 

Mary Hardin-Baylor Bracket

Christopher Newport (8-3) at Widener (11-0)

Widener opened up a 24 point lead and held on for the victory with a 37-27 win over Christopher Newport.

The Pride started with a quick touchdown drive to begin the game. Couve LaFate ran for an 11 yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead in a drive that took only 1:25 off the clock. The Captains responded with a 29 yard field goal with a 9 minute drive.

The next drive for Christopher Newport saw them take a 10-7 lead on Marcus Morrast’s 39 yard touchdown pass to Rudy Rudolph. Widener responded to losing the lead with a touchdown drive to reclaim it for good. Seth Klein threw a 4 yard touchdown pass to Montrell Hicks-Taylor. After several series of punting the ball, Widener took a late first half lead of 21-10 with Klein running in from a yard out.

The Captains hit a 35 yard field goal to cut the deficit to 8 points at 21-13, but Widener answered yet again. Terrant Morrison ran for a 1 yard touchdown to make it 27-13 after a failed two point attempt. The Pride made it 34-13 on the following drive Klein connecting with Brian DiGiovanni for a 14 yard touchdown.

An early fourth quarter field goal made it 37-13 in favor of Widener. CNU came back with a 31 yard touchdown run from Daquan Davis to make it 37-20. The Captains forced a fumble and turned it into a 3 yard touchdown pass from Morrast to Rudolph to close it to a 37-27 game. CNU recovered the ensuing onside kick, but failed to move the ball. The Pride would run the clock out two drives later to move on in the NCAA Division 3 Playoffs.

Marcus Morrast went 25 of 45 for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air for Christopher Newport. He also ran for 53 yards on 18 carries. Daquan Davis finished with 36 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries. Rudy Rudolph had 8 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Seth Klein went 21 of 29 for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns. Couve LaFate had 12 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Davis caught 13 passes for 146 yards to lead the Pride.

 

Linfield (9-1) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0)

An entertaining back and forth game between Linfield and Mary Hardin-Baylor saw Linfield squeak out a 31-28 win on the road.

The game began inauspiciously with three turnovers. UMHB forced a punt from Linfield, but fumbled the ball on the return to give the Wildcats the ball back at the 23 yard line. Sam Riddle threw an interception for Linfield to give the ball over to UMHB. Blake Jackson turned around an threw an interception for UMHB to give Linfield the ball back. However, Linfield would punt it back to UMHB at their two yard line.

On first and 10 from their own 2, UMHB gave the ball to Zach Anderson who was hit in his end zone and fumbled. Linfield’s Mikey Arkans jumped on the ball for a Linfield touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Crusaders came right back with a 74 yard touchdown run from Malcolm Miller to tie the game at 7. The Wildcats answered right back with a one yard touchdown run from Sam Riddle to take a 14-7 lead.

The Crusaders needed a few drives to have an answer, but they did with a 15 play, 81 yard drive capped off by Anderson’s 5 yard touchdown run. Linfield’s 46 yard field goal as time expired made it 17-14 at halftime.

The Crusaders started off with the ball to start the second half and took their first lead of the game. Anderson threw a 26 yard touchdown pass to Kamray Runnels to make it 21-17. Riddle’s 57 yard touchdown pass to Erick Douglas midway through the third quarter gave Linfield a 24-21 lead. It became 31-21 on the next Linfield drive with Riddle hitting Charlie Poppen for a 23 yard touchdown pass. With just a few seconds remaining in the third quarter, Runnels returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown. At the end of three quarters, Linfield clung to a 31-28 lead.

The fourth quarter saw Linfield keep the Crusaders in the game. First, they missed a 34 yard field goal wide right with 10:31 to go in the game. Their second drive ended with a lost fumble from Spencer Payne at their own 30 to give UMHB a great opportunity. However, the Wildcats defense stood tall and forced an interception with Jordan Giza returning it 47 yards. The offense did the rest to run out the clock and complete the upset of the Crusaders.

Sam Riddle went 19 of 31 for 280 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also ran 15 times for 57 yards and a touchdown. Spencer Payne had 28 carries for 59 yards to lead the Wildcats. Levi Altringer had 6 catches for 92 yards and Erick Douglas had 4 catches for 89 yards with a touchdown.

Zach Anderson had a rough game for UMHB. He went 9 of 24 for 106 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He also ran 17 times for 45 yards with a touchdown also lost a fumble. Malcolm Miller had 8 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. Eric Nelson’s 5 catches for 61 yards was enough to lead the team in receiving.

 

Wesley Bracket

MIT (10-0) at Wesley (10-1)

For the second straight week, Wesley used a massive first quarter to overwhelm their opponent. Last week Wesley scored 42 points and this week it was 35. Wesley went on to 59-0 over MIT and end the Engineers’ dream season in the NCAA Division 3 Playoffs.

It took over 5 minutes of game time for a score to be made, but it was Bryce Shade who broke the deadlock with a 16 yard touchdown run. The next play from scrimmage would put Wesley up 14-0 when Leroy Cheatham picked off MIT quarterback Peter Williams and returned it 42 yards for the score. After stopping MIT at the Wesley 47, the Engineers were punting, but Roderick Caine blocked the punt and Andre Connally returned it 35 yards for the score.

The onslaught continued with MIT’s next drive ending in an interception. The next play was Joe Callahan hitting Steve Koudossou for a 41 yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead. The lead became 35-0 with 19 seconds left in the first quarter when Callahan hit Shade for a 16 yard touchdown.

Another Peter Williams pick led to a third Callahan touchdown pass in the second quarter. This one went to Andrew Monaghan from 12 yards out. MIT drove back down the field looking for their first points of the game, but lost a fumble at the Wesley 15. Wesley did not capitalize on that turnover, but they did on the next one, which occurred on a punt return. Callahan connected with Shade for a 32 yard touchdown and a 49-0 lead.

The second half consisted of Wesley continuing their shut out. The Wolverines scored 10 points in the third quarter with a 69 yard touchdown run by Ben Martin and a 24 yard field goal from Eric Speidel. The Wesley defense recovered a fumble and forced a fourth interception from Peter Williams to keep their shutout intact.

Peter Williams went 13 of 30 for 138 yards with no touchdowns and 4 interceptions for MIT. Brad Goldsberry ran for only 61 yards while Seve Esparrago had 5 catches for 35 yards. MIT could only muster 206 yards of total offense.

Joe Callahan went 21 of 26 for 268 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air. He completed 6 passes to Bryce Shade for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Steve Koudossou had 6 catches for 70 yards and a score as well. The top rusher was Ben Martin with 9 rushes for 160 yards and a touchdown.

 

Johns Hopkins (11-0) at Hobart (11-0)

Hobart rallied for a second straight week to move on to the quarter finals. A touchdown with 1:26 left in the game proved to be the difference in their 24-21 win over Johns Hopkins.

Unlike last week, Hobart got off to a much better start. They got a 42 yard field goal on their first drive and then went 80 yards in 10 plays on their next drive. Bradley Burns punched the ball in from a yard out to take a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Blue Jays tried to respond, but their drive ended at the Hobart 43 yard line with a lost fumble. Hobart was unable to make them pay but Johns Hopkins finally got on the board on their next drive. Braden Anderson’s 48 yard pass to Bradley Munday set up Stuart Walters‘ 5 yard touchdown run. After both teams punted, Hobart would add to their lead with a 4 yard touchdown run from Alex Furtado to take a 16-7 lead with the extra point blocked by Matthew Connery. With 2:31 left in the first half, the Blue Jays used up nearly all the time to score a touchdown. Anderson hit Quinn Donaldson for a 3 yard strike and Hobart led 16-14 at halftime.

The third quarter lacked the amount of offense that the second quarter showed, but there was a big opportunity for Hobart to extend their lead. On fourth and one from the Johns Hopkins 13 yard line, Hobart went for it with Patrick Conlan, but he was stopped for a one yard loss. The third quarter ended scoreless with Hobart clinging to a 16-14 lead with the Blue Jays mounting a drive to take the lead to start the final quarter.

On first and 10 from the Hobart 28, Anderson hit Donaldson for the second time in the game to take a 21-16 lead. The Blue Jays appeared to be in command with under 6 minutes to go. On second and goal from the 8 yard line, Anderson was hit and lost the ball with Hobart’s Jake Russell recovering the ball. Hobart would mount a game winning drive, but not without some obstacles. They faced a second and 23 from the JHU 49 yard line, but Conlan’s 22 yard pass to Troy Robinson made it a manageable third and one. Two plays after that, Conlan found John Fasano for a 14 yard touchdown pass. The two point conversion was good and Hobart took a 24-21 lead with 1:26 left in the game.

The Blue Jays did have a great final chance to win or tie the game. They got down to the Hobart 8 yard line, but were called for a pass interference. The next play from the 22 yard line was intercepted by at the two to seal the victory for Hobart.

Braden Anderson went 17 of 29 for 194 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also lost one fumble and ran for 71 yards on 14 carries. Stuart Walters ran 13 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. Bradley Munday caught 6 passes for 79 yards while Quinn Donaldson had 5 catches for 63 yards and 2 scores.

Patrick Conlan led Hobart with 237 yards and 1 touchdown on 19 of 30 passing. Conner Hartigan ran 18 times for 60 yards. John Fasano caught 6 passes for 79 yards and a score with Troy Robinson having 4 catches for 68 yards.

 

Mount Union Bracket

John Carroll (10-1) at Wheaton (IL) (11-0)

An ugly, defensive, and mistake filled game took place between John Carroll and Wheaton , but JCU was able to hold on for a 14-12 win after a missed field goal from Wheaton with just over a minute remaining.

Wheaton had a brilliant opportunity for an early advantage, but Johnny Peltz was stopped for no gain on fourth and one from the John Carroll 18 yard line to keep the game scoreless. JCU would take that stop and turn it into a touchdown with Tommy Michals pounding the ball in from a yard out to take a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, both quarterbacks made mistakes in the opponent’s territory. First Mark Myers threw an interception at the Wheaton 28 yard line to end a scoring opportunity. That would be outdone by Peltz’s interception at the John Carroll 5 yard line to keep it 7-0 in favor of JCU. Late in the second quarter, Wheaton finally got on the board, but it took four downs. On fourth and goal from the one yard line, Danny Puknaitis punched the ball in to make it 7-6. However, the extra point was blocked by Michael Hollins to keep it 7-6 at the break.

John Carroll opened the second half taking a 14-6 lead after Myers hit Zach Strippy for a 22 yard touchdown pass. On the next John Carroll drive, Myers was picked off by Brendan Carozzoni at the 18 yard line. Wheaton turned that into a touchdown with Peltz completing a 3 yard touchdown pass to Zach Lindquist. The Thunder opted to go for two, but it failed and JCU held a narrow 14-12 lead at the end of three quarters.

Early in the fourth quarter, JCU attempted a 25 yard field goal after a false start penalty on the play earlier. Wes Keller’s attempt was blocked by Mikey Swider. The Thunder marched down the field to the John Carroll 14 yard line. On fourth and one, Keegan Kemp was stuffed and the ball was turned over to JCU. JCU ended up punting back to Wheaton, who had 2:18 to go down the field and win the game with a field goal or touchdown. The drive stalled out at the John Carroll 29 yard line where the Thunder attempted a 46 yard field goal. The attempt was blocked by Jimmy King, but JCU was called offside and the Thunder got a second chance to win the game. The 41 yard attempt would be wide left and JCU held on for the 14-12 win.

Mark Myers went 19 of 29 for 229 yards with 1 touchdown and an interception for John Carroll. Tommy Michals ran 22 times for 81 yards and a score while also catching 6 passes for 34 yards. The top receiver was Marshall Howell with 5 catches for 85 yards. Brendan Carozzoni had 5 catches for 67 yards.

Johnny Peltz went 18 of 33 for 243 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception. He was held in check on the ground with only 28 yards on 20 carries. Those 28 yards were enough to be tops on the team. The top receiver was Zach Lindquist with 5 catches for 80 yards and a score.

 

Washington & Jefferson (10-1) at Mount Union (11-0)

Mount Union put 45 first half point to breeze into the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 3 Playoffs. Washington & Jefferson failed to register any points in the crushing 67-0 defeat. Kevin Burke threw for 402 yards and 6 touchdowns in another typical Mount Union playoff performance.

Mount Union wasted little time taking the advantage with Burke completing a 4 yard touchdown pass to Roman Namdar. The Presidents had a chance to get precious points, but a 38 yard field goal from Blake Davis was wide left. At the end of the first quarter, Mount Union had a 7-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Mount Union took a 10-0 lead after a 28 yard field goal. On their next drive, it took only play to make it 17-0 with Burke and Namdar connecting for a 46 yard touchdown. Burke’s 5 yard touchdown pass to Luc Meacham made it 24-0 before a lost fumble by the Presidents was turned into a 4 yard touchdown pass from Burke to Namdar. Burke had two more touchdown passes in the final 2:02 to make it 45-0 at the break. First, he hit Taurice Scott for a 4 yard touchdown and then hit Sherman Wilkinson for a 35 yard touchdown.

The Purple Raiders scored 13 points in the third quarter with two field goals from kicker Edward Ruhnke and a 78 yard touchdown run from Jamal Johnson. The fourth quarter produced a safety on a blocked punt while Dwayne Aaron ran for a 71 yard touchdown to cap the scoring at 67 for Mount Union.

Pete Coughlin found it difficult to pass going 15 of 37 for 98 yards and an interception. Ryan Ruffing had 62 yards rushing on 16 carries. The top receiver for the Presidents was Max Creighan with 55 yards on 8 catches.

Mount Union’s Kevin Burke went 30 of 41 for 402 yards and 6 touchdowns. Jamal Johnson ran for 118 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Dwayne Aaron had 84 yards and a score on only 5 rushing attempts. Luc Meacham had 9 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown while Roman Namdar had 8 catches for 112 yards and 3 touchdown catches.

 

Quarterfinals Schedule (All games to be played on Saturday, December 6)

Wartburg (12-0) at Wisconsin-Whitewater (12-0) – 1 PM ET

Linfield (10-1) at Widener (12-0) – 12 PM ET

Hobart (12-0) at Wesley (11-1) – 12 PM ET

John Carroll (11-1) at Mount Union (12-0) – 12 PM ET

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/28/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Friday, November 28, 2014. Four Ivy League teams were in action – Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, and Princeton. Brown finished off their Las Vegas Invitational tournament while Princeton continued their Wooden Legacy tournament. Dartmouth was home to IPFW and Yale went on the road to face Providence.

 

Brown Breaks 5 Game Losing Streak With Win Over Prairie View A&M

Leland King’s 17 points and Steven Spieth’s 16 points paced the Brown Bears to their second win of the season over Prairie View A&M on Friday. The Bears won 81-71 to come back from Las Vegas splitting their two games.

The first half was an even affair for both teams. To that end, the largest lead held by either team was 4 points and neither team could establish a large run to create separation. In addition, both teams shot decently in the first half. Prairie View shot 44.1% from the field and 2 of 4 on three pointers in the first half. The Panthers were led by Tre Hagood and John Brisco with 9 points each. Meanwhile, Brown shot 46.4% from the field and hit 2 of 8 three pointers in the first half. Leland King had 9 first half points and 5 rebounds to lead the Bears.

It the second half, Brown slowly ground their way to a sizable margin. They hit the 10 point margin with 11:25 left with a 58-48 game and got the lead as high as 17 points two minutes later with a 9-2 run. Even with 3 minutes left in the game Brown lead 74-57. The Panthers were able to close out the game on a 14-7 run, but it was not nearly enough to make it a contest as they lost 81-71.

In the second half, Tre Hagood had 14 points to lead the Panthers. Prairie View went 14 of 35 from the field (40%) and hit 1 of 3 three pointers. Brown was led by Steven Spieth’s 11 points and 6 rebounds in the second half. The Bears shot 68.2% from the field in the final 20 minutes including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Bears also out-rebounded the Panthers 22-11 in the second half.

Tre Hagood finished with 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting, but went only 3 of 11 from the charity stripe. John Brisco scored 16 points and Reggis Omwukamuche finished with 12 points. Prairie View shot 29 of 69 from the floor (42%) and hit 3 of their 7 three pointers (42.9%). They shot horrendously from the free throw line going 10 of 21 (47.6%) and committed 10 turnovers.

Four Bears ended up scoring in double figures. Leland King had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Steven Spieth scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, JR Hobbie scored 12 points, and Rafael Maia had 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Bears shot 28 of 50 from the field (56%) and hit 6 of 13 three pointers (46.2%). The Bears went 19 of 23 from the free throw line (82.6%), out-rebounded the Panthers 41-27, and committed 21 turnovers. The 21 turnovers on Friday marks the fourth time the Bears have committed over 20 turnovers in a single game.

Prairie View (0-7) will play Schreiner on Wednesday night. Brown (2-5) will head back home to play Johnson and Wales on Sunday afternoon.

 

Dartmouth Earns First Win On Three Pointer Buzzer Beater

Connor Boehm drained a three point shot as time expired to lift Dartmouth to a 68-67 win over IPFW on Friday. The three pointer capped a double-double day for Boehm who finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

IPFW started well with a 9-4 run to open the game, but the Big Green answered back with an 11-0 run to take a 15-9 lead. With 11:39 left in the first half, Dartmouth held a 17-14 lead. It would be nearly three and a half minutes between made buckets with IPFW having the honors of bookending the dry spell. From 11:39 to 3:19 in the first half, Dartmouth failed to score a single point while IPFW took a 27-17 lead. Dartmouth made two three pointers to end the half down only 31-28.

IPFW shot 45.8% from the field in the first half while hitting 3 of 9 three pointers. Steve Forbes accounted for 14 of the team’s 31 points. Dartmouth shot 37.9% from the field and hit 4 of 9 threes. Gabas Maldunas led with 8 points and 4 rebounds for the Big Green.

The second half was a back and forth battle with Dartmouth grabbing a 37-36 lead. Neither team took control of the game on the scoreboard as the game was 65-64 in favor of Dartmouth with 53 seconds left. IPFW took a 66-65 lead on Isaiah McCray’s dunk before a missed shot by Maldunas would put the Mastodons on the free throw line. Joe Reed hit the first free throw to make it 67-65, but missed the second. Connor Boehm corralled the rebound with 9 seconds left. Alex Mitola’s pass to Boehm with just seconds remaining ended with Boehm hitting the three point for the 68-67 victory.

In the second half, IPFW shot 48.7% from the floor and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc (28.6%). They may rue their 12 of 21 free throw shooting in the second half (57.1%) and 8 turnovers. Joe Edwards led IPFW with 12 points in the final 20 minutes. Alex Mitola had 16 second half points on 7 of 9 shooting with Gabas Maldunas scoring another 10 points in the second half. The Big Green shot 50% from the field and committed only 4 turnovers in the second half.

IPFW had 4 starters score in double figures. Steve Forbes had 19 points, Joe Reed scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards, Joe Edwards scored 12 points, and Isaiah McCray had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Mastodons went 22 of 47 from the field (46.8%) and 5 of 16 from the perimeter (31.2%). They hit 18 of 30 free throws (60%), out-rebounded Dartmouth 39-35, and committed 14 turnovers.

Alex Mitola finished with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Gabas Maldunas scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Connor Boehm had his double double of 10 points and 14 boards. The Big Green went 29 of 65 from the field (44.6%) and 7 of 16 from three point land (43.8%). They went to the charity stripe only 8 times, making 3 of those (37.5%) and committed only 6 turnover, easily a season’s best.

IPFW (3-2) continues their season on the road at Stetson (2-4) on Wednesday. Dartmouth (1-2) will play again at home on Sunday against New Hampshire (2-2) searching for back-to-back wins.

 

Yale Loses First Big Test To Providence On The Road

Yale kept it close throughout on the road against Providence, but could never sustain their run to take a lead as they lost 72-66. LeDontae Henton scored 29 points for the Friars to continue his string of excellent performances.

Yale looked promising in the first half as they started the game by hitting some of their three pointers to take a 15-14 lead. Yale held a 23-22 with 6:51 left in the first half, which was the last time they would lead for the rest of the game. The Friars ended the first half on a 12-4 run to grab a hold of the game going into halftime with a 34-27 lead.

Javier Duren was the spark for Yale in both halves, but in the first he had 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting while he also hit 2 three pointers. Yale shot 37.5% from the field and only 28.6% from the three point line. Providence was led by none other than LaDontae Henton with 10 points. The Friars hit 50% of their shots while that percentage also held for their three point shots.

Yale opened up the second half on a quick burst to close deficit down to 2 points at 34-32, but four points from Tyler Harris and another seven from Henton made it a 45-36 game with 14:26 left to play. The flow of the game was uneven for both teams in the second half. Every time Providence would appear to be pulling away, Yale would come back to close it down to a or 7 point deficit. However, Yale found it difficult to make it less than a 3 point game for much of the second half. The Bulldogs were down 69-66 with 21 seconds remaining after Greg Kelley drained a three pointer, but they would not get any closer than that. The Friars hit 3 of their last 4 free throws while Yale missed their final two three pointers to finish the game.

In the second half Javier Duren had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Matt Townsend chipped in with 8 points and 3 boards. Yale shot 44.1% from the field in the second half and hit only 4 of 17 three pointers (23.5%). Providence was led by Henton’s 19 second half points while Tyler Harris had 9 points. Providence shot 52.2% from the field, hit only 1 of 9 three pointers (11.1%), and struggled from the free throw line hitting 13 of 23 (56.5%).

Javier Duren ended up with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for Yale. Makai Mason was the only Bulldog to finish in double figures as he had 12 points including hitting 3 three pointers. Justin Sears was held in check going 3 of 6 for 7 points and 6 rebounds. Sears also had 6 turnovers and fouled out against the Friars. The Bulldogs went 24 of 58 from the field (41.4%) and hit 8 of 31 three pointers (25.8%). They also went 10 of 14 from the free throw line (71.4%) and committed 14 turnovers.

Providence was led by Henton’s 29 points and 6 rebounds. He was aided by 14 points and 7 rebounds from Tyler Harris. Ted Bancroft finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds while Kyron Cartwright had 8 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. The Friars went 22 of 43 from the field (51.2%) and hit only 3 of 13 three pointers (23.1%). Overall, they struggled from the charity stripe hitting 25 of 40 free throws (62.5%) and committed 11 turnovers.

Yale (5-2) saw their 5 game winning streak snapped on Friday. They have a chance to start a new one on Sunday with a home game against Hartford (5-1). Providence (6-0) has their toughest test of the season thus far (and probably the entire season) with a road trip to Rupp Arena to face the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (6-0) on Sunday.

 

San Diego’s First Half Shooting Dooms Princeton

Johnny Dee dropped 29 points for San Diego to lead them past Princeton in the Wooden Legacy tournament. San Diego won by a final score of 75-65.

There was no indication early in the first half of Princeton’s struggles that were to come. The Tigers held a 10-6 lead with Amir Bell accounting for half of those points. The Tigers still led 12-8 with 13:49 remaining before San Diego ripped off a 15-5 run to claim the lead at 23-17. The Toreros led by as much as 15 points near the end of the first half and held a 40-28 lead at the break with neither team scoring any points in the final minute.

Amir Bell led the Tigers in the first half with 8 points. Princeton shot 37% from the field in the first half thanks largely to the opening 7 minutes. They went 4 of 12 from beyond the arc (33.3%) and committed only 4 turnovers. San Diego was led by Johnny Dee’s 13 points on 5 of 5 shooting in the first half. The Toreros shot 57.7% from the field in the first half and 5 of 6 on three pointers (83.3%). San Diego also won the battle on the glass with 19 rebounds to only 10 for Princeton.

From a statistical standpoint, the second half was a mirror image of the first half. Princeton was able to cut the deficit to 7 points at 51-44. The Tigers continued to shoot the ball well and closed the game to as little as 4 points, but San Diego’s three point and free throw shooting was enough to buoy their advantage. It was enough to win by double digits at 75-65.

Spencer Weisz scored 13 second half points and grabbed 7 boards for Princeton. Amir Bell contributed 9 points and 4 rebounds with Princeton shooting 54.2% from the field and 2 of 8 from beyond the arc. The Tigers made all 9 of their free throws and kept their turnovers to a minimum at 4 in the final 20 minutes. San Diego shot a poor 28.6% from the field in the second half, but they hit 6 of 11 three pointers (54.5%) and 13 of 18 free throws (72.2%). Johnny Dee had 16 points while Chris Anderson scored 11 points for San Diego.

Princeton’s top scorer for the game was Spencer Weisz with 18 points and he also grabbed 9 rebounds. Amir Bell was right on his heels with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting and he also grabbed 4 rebounds. Alec Brennan had a quiet 9 points as well for Princeton. The Tigers shot 23 of 51 from the field (45.1%) and hit 6 of 20 three pointers (30%). They shot well from the charity stripe going 13 of 15 (86.7%) and committed only 8 turnovers for the entire game.

Other than Johnny Dee’s 29 points on 9 of 13 shooting (5 of 8 from deep), San Diego had only one other player score more than 10 points. That ended up being Chris Anderson with 11 points and he also nabbed 7 boards while finishing with 7 assists. Brett Bailey had 7 points and 9 boards. San Diego shot 23 of 54 from the field (42.6%) and an excellent 11 of 17 from beyond the arc (64.7%). They hit 18 of 26 free throws (69.2%), out-rebounded Princeton 39-27, and committed only 9 turnovers.

Princeton (1-5) has dropped five games in a row. They have a chance to break that streak on Sunday night against San Jose State (1-5) Fairleigh Dickinson (2-2). San Diego (4-2) faces Western Michigan (4-2) on Sunday and then has two excellent opponents on the road for their next two games. They face San Diego State (5-1) and UCLA (4-2) in a span of 3 days next week.

2014 NCAA Division 3 Football Playoff Predictions: Round 2

Can MIT continue their dream season with a win against Wesley? (Monty Rand / MITAthletics.com)
Can MIT continue their dream season with a win against Wesley? (Monty Rand / MITAthletics.com)

 

After an exciting opening round of the NCAA Division 3 Football playoffs that featured 16 games, there are eight more coming up this Saturday, November 29. Yours truly went 16-0 in the first round!! That is largely thanks to some late scores from Widener and Christopher Newport, and Hobart as well as an overtime victory from MIT. There recap of each game can be found here.

The pressure is on to go 8-0, but there is a feeling that the law of averages will kick in this week. Without further ado, here are the 2014 NCAA Division 3 Football Playoff Predictions for the second round.

 

Wisconsin-Whitewater Bracket

Wabash (10-1) at Wisconsin-Whitewater (11-0) – 1 PM ET

Wabash enters this game off a 33-14 win while Whitewater as the defending National Champion (plus they have won 5 of the last 7 D3 National Championships). Whitewater’s defense will be suffocating to the point that Wabash will effectively be out of the playoffs by the time they get going. Whitewater wins 41-13 and moves on to the quarterfinals.

St. John’s (MN) (10-1) at Wartburg (11-0) – 1 PM ET

Both teams share several common opponents in St. Thomas (MN), Augsburg, and Bethel. Both St. John’s and Wartburg have 3-0 records against those teams, which shows the strength these teams have. The Johnnies have the better defense with Wartburg sporting the better offense. This game is screaming for a late score to be the difference. The Johnnies come out on top 20-17.

Based on the two games in the Whitewater bracket, it would be Wisconsin-Whitewater and St. John’s (MN) in the quarterfinals.

 

Mary Hardin-Baylor Bracket

Christopher Newport (8-3) at Widener (11-0) – 12 PM ET

Many thought Christopher Newport would not make it past Delaware Valley in the first round, yet here they are. Now they must beat Widener in round two. Widener needed a field goal with 11 seconds left to get past Muhlenberg, a team they were expected to crush. This game could be a high scoring affair with both offense showing quite a bit of potency. Widener takes this game 51-38 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Linfield (9-1) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0) – 1 PM ET

This will be a purple affair between Linfield and Mary Hardin-Baylor. Linfield came out on a mission last week and put up 28 points in the first quarter on their way to a 55-24 win over Chapman. On the other hand, the Crusaders needed a late interception to seal their win against Texas Lutheran in a game that was delayed multiple times on Saturday due to lightning strikes and needed to be completed on Sunday. The Crusaders may have only scored 27 points against TLU, but they showed the ability to strike quickly. Both offenses have the ability to score a lot of points with UMHB having the better defense. Expect another close game with the Crusaders prevailing 31-27 over Linfield.

This bracket would feature Widener and Mary Hardin-Baylor in the quarterfinals.

 

Wesley Bracket

MIT (10-0) at Wesley (10-1) – 12 PM ET

MIT’s dream season just will not stop after their overtime win over Husson last week. Wesley put up 42 points in the first quarter to waltz into the second round with a 52-7 win over Hampden-Sydney. As great as a story MIT has been this year, it is difficult to see their defense holding the high-powered Wesley offense in check long enough to win. Wesley ends MIT hopes with a 49-21 victory.

Johns Hopkins (11-0) at Hobart (11-0) – 12 PM ET

This game is an intriguing matchup of two undefeated teams. Hobart overcame a slow start to win in the fourth quarter over Ithaca while Johns Hopkins defense was solid throughout the game in a 24-16 win over Rowan. This game will most likely be a defensive battle with turnovers making a difference. In a close game, Johns Hopkins survives 20-17 to move on.

In the Wesley bracket, Wesley will take on Johns Hopkins next week in the quarterfinals.

 

Mount Union Bracket

John Carroll (10-1) at Wheaton (IL) (11-0) – 1 PM ET

This appears to be the game of the second round from a neutral point of view. John Carroll’s 49 point first half left Centre stunned in a 63-28 domination while Wheaton had little trouble with Benedictine in a 43-14 win. There is little doubt that John Carroll has the better offense, but Wheaton’s defense probably holds the edge. Wheaton keeps it close, but John Carroll takes the game 35-24.

Washington & Jefferson (10-1) at Mount Union (11-0) – 12 PM ET

Washington & Jefferson’s 41-25 win over Wittenberg last week was aided by 8 interceptions Zach Jenkins. The Presidents would be lucky if they could get two turnovers from Mount Union’s Kevin Burke this weekend. The Purple Raiders roll into yet another quarterfinals appearance with a 52-10 win.

This bracket will feature a rematch of the controversial November 15 game between Ohio Athletic Conference members John Carroll and Mount Union.

Check back on Saturday afternoon for a recap of each game from the second round of the 2014 Division 3 playoffs.

2014 FCS Playoffs: Round 1 Predictions

Zach Zenner will need to have a massive game for South Dakota State to advance to round two (gojacks.com)
Zach Zenner will need to have a massive game for South Dakota State to advance to round two (gojacks.com)

 

The 2014 FCS Playoffs begin this weekend with 8 games. The winner of these 8 games will face one of the top 8 seeds as ranked by the NCAA. Below is a look at each game for this weekend with a prediction for each contest. All first round games will be played on Saturday and all games can be seen on ESPN3.

Sacred Heart (9-2) at Fordham (10-2) – 12 PM ET

This is a tough draw for Sacred Heart. Fordham’s two losses were to Villanova, the #6 seed in the playoffs, and FBS Army. Sacred Heart’s two losses were to Bucknell and St. Francis (PA), two teams that Fordham beat. Sacred Heart has a solid defense, but Fordham’s offense will be too much in the end. Fordham wins 43-24 and will face the top seeded New Hampshire Wildcats next weekend.

Indiana State (7-5) at Eastern Kentucky (9-3) – 1 PM ET

Some were probably surprised by Indiana State’s inclusion in the field after their loss to Western Illinois in the regular season finale. However, the other 4 losses for the Sycamores were to Indiana (FBS), Illinois State (#5 Seed), North Dakota State (#2 Seed), and South Dakota State (Playoff team). Eastern Kentucky has a potent offense, however, in several of their games including two losses, they were held to less than 30 points. That bodes well for Indiana State if they can limit the amount of points for Eastern Kentucky. Let’s go with Indiana State in a 27-24 win to face #8 Chattanooga in the second round.

Stephen F. Austin (8-4) at Northern Iowa (8-4) – 8 PM ET

This game appears to favor Northern Iowa, but only by a slight margin. Their two losses to FCS opponents (Indiana State and South Dakota State) were by a combined four points and their two losses to FBS opponents (Iowa and Hawaii) were by a combined 11 points. Stephen F. Austin can score or win a more modest scoring game so this game should be close. The Panthers win 24-20 to advance to the second round and take on #5 Illinois State.

San Diego (9-2) at Montana (8-4) – 4 PM ET

San Diego is in the tournament as a result of an investigation into Jacksonville’s financial aid rules. Their reward is a trip to Missoula to face the always dangerous Montana Grizzlies. This game has the feel of a defensive battle, which would favor the Grizzlies. San Diego had a great season, but it ends on Saturday in a 20-13 loss to Montana. Montana will have a rematch against Eastern Washington in the second round.

Southeastern Louisiana (9-3) at Sam Houston State (8-4) – 2 PM ET

This is a matchup of two teams from the Southland Conference, however, these teams did not face each other during the season, which makes this the de facto Southland Championship – in the First Round of the playoffs. Sam Houston State did not start the season well opening 1-3, including a loss to a good Division 2 Colorado State-Pueblo team, before winning 7 of their last 8. In their 8 wins they have scored at least 38 points. Southeastern Louisiana can score as well so expect some fireworks. In a close battle, Southeastern Louisiana comes out on top 45-41 and will face Jacksonville State in the second round.

Liberty (8-4) at James Madison (9-3) – 4 PM ET

This is a tough game to call. On one hand, James Madison plays in arguably the toughest conference in FCS, but the Big South managed to get two teams into the FCS playoffs with Liberty and Coastal Carolina. In addition, the fourth place team was Charleston Southern at 8-4. Liberty’s losses were to North Carolina (FBS), Indiana State (Playoff team), Richmond (Playoff team), and Charleston Southern. James Madison lost to Maryland (FBS), Villanova (#6 Seed), and Delaware. This will be a close game with James Madison scratching out a 27-24 win on a late field goal and taking on #6 Villanova in the second round.

Morgan State (7-5) at Richmond (8-4) – 1 PM ET

Morgan State came out of a 5-way tie in the MEAC to claim the automatic bid. They seem to be up against it here facing Richmond. Morgan State will keep it close for a while, but Richmond’s offense will be too much in the end. The Spiders take this game 42-17 and will face #7 Coastal Carolina next Saturday.

South Dakota State (8-4) at Montana State (8-4) – 4 PM ET

South Dakota State will feature a heavy dose of running back Zach Zenner, who should be good for at least 100 yards in this game. However, he will need help if the Jackrabbits are to come out of this game with the win. Montana State has shown the ability to win both high scoring and low scoring games, which will serve them well in the playoffs if they make a deep run. The Jackrabbits keep it close and shorten the game, but Montana State pulls out the 27-17 win. In that case, Montana State will face three-time defending FCS Champions North Dakota State in the second round.

Be sure to check back on Saturday night for the 2014 FCS Playoffs Round 1 recap for all 8 games.