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Trine outlasted Hope in double overtime, Calvin edged Albion, Randolph-Macon pulled away from archrival Hampden-Sydney and Mount Union won in overtime at Baldwin Wallace in Division III men’s basketball action on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023.
Hope is familiar with playing overtime against Trine. Unfortunately for the Flying Dutchmen, it was the homestanding Thunder’s turn to earn a hard-fought victory as No. 25-ranked Trine outlasted Hope, 89-84, in the team’s MIAA opener. Connor Jones scored a game-high 44 points for Trine. The Thunder forced two extra periods with 3-pointers in the closing seconds of regulation and the first five-minute overtime, then outscored the Flying Dutchmen 14-9 during the second overtime period. It was the fifth overtime game between Hope and Trine in the past 10 years, the first won by Trine.
Calvin and Albion battled back and forth before the No. The 23rd-ranked Knights went on an 11-2 run down the stretch. Marcus Bult hit two 3-pointers to help the Knights pull away. Albion (3-9 overall, 0-1 MIAA) had Calvin on its heels early, leading 13-5 and later 19-12. Calvin (9-3, 1-0) fought back to take its first lead since the opening minute on a Luka Ressler jump shot with 1:48 left in the half. Albion scored the final four points of the half, however, including a shot at the first half horn to lead by two at halftime.
No. 2 Randolph-Macon went on a 21-6 run in the second half and pulled away from Hampden-Sydney 69-57 on the road in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action. Miles Mallory had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Jabril Robinson added 13 points and six assists to lead the Yellow Jackets to their 10th consecutive win, as they improved to 12-1 overall, 5-0 in ODAC play. Hampden-Sydney, which is receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25, fell to 9-4, 4-1. Josh Talbert scored 12 points for R-MC to surpass 1,000 career points.
Franklin & Marshall and UW-Platteville returned from the D3hoops.com Classic to conference play and came up with key wins against conference contenders. Platteville won at No. 10 UW-La Crosse, while F&M won at Muhlenberg. Josh Parra led five Diplomats in double figures in the 77-73 win against the Mules. Parra added 10 rebounds and five assists, shooting 8-for-11 from the floor. For Platteville, a huge defensive performance and a big rebounding edge helped the Pioneers shut down UW-La Crosse 64-41. Logan Pearson scored a game-high 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, while nobody had more than 10 points for the Eagles. UW-La Crosse shot 14-for-48 from the floor and just 3-for-21 from 3-point range, at home.
Christian Parker recorded a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds as No. 4 Mount Union held on to win at Baldwin Wallace 84-81 in overtime. The Purple Raiders put up a key 16-4 run late in the second half to rally from a seven-point deficit – before Jake Snyder hit a three-pointer and Jackson Simmons hit a layup with 34 seconds left to tie the game in regulation. The Yellowjackets (5-7, 1-4 OAC) led 80-77 with just over two minutes to play in overtime before Mount Union responded with six consecutive points and held on to win. Baldwin Wallace returned the favor in women’s action, defeating the Mount Union women in overtime.
Elsewhere, no. 6 Keene State rolled past Mass-Dartmouth en route to a battle of unbeatens on Saturday against Western Connecticut, No. 12 Wheaton (Ill.) held off North Park 76-71 to hand the Vikings their first CCIW loss against a 10-3 overall mark, and Luke Frazier and Luke Chicone combined for 46 points to lead No. 14 John Carroll down 9-3 Heidelberg 81-76.