Men’s wrapup: Calvin, Widener, Platteville fall

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Chris Miers had a big night, and so did York (Pa.).
York (Pa.) athletics photo by Scott Guise

York (Pa.) knocked off a Top 25 team for the second game in a row, Trine knocked off Calvin in a Top 10 battle, and UW-Stevens Point upset No. 11 UW-Platteville in Wednesday night’s Division III men’s basketball action.

Chris Miers matched his career high with 23 points as he shot 9-for-12 from the floor in an 84-64 win for York (Pa.) at home against No. 15 Widener. The Spartans (11-7, 4-3 MAC Commonwealth) won their fourth consecutive game, as they shot 69 percent from the floor, including 76 percent (19-for-25) in the first half. Kai Cipalla, the conference’s leading scorer, added 21 points as he was 6-for-7 from the floor including 2-for-2 from three-point range and 7-for-8 from the line. York defeated Hood, which was ranked No. 21 at the time, last Saturday.

Jalen Overway scored 32 points and added 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as No. 4 Calvin fell at home to No. 7 Trine, 74-71. The Thunder (17-1, 7-0 MIAA) shot 7-for-10 from three-point range in the first half as Trine led 41-31 at halftime. A Brent Cox jumper made it 63-47 midway through the second half, and Trine led 73-60 with 3:36 left before Calvin scored 11 of the final 12 points, including a putback in the final second. Aidan Smylie shot 7-for-13 from the floor and 5-for-9 from beyond the arc to lead Trine with 21 points.

Malik Abdul-Wahid hit a baseline jumper with half a second left as UW-Stevens Point won 65-64 at No. 11 UW-Platteville. Back-to-back threes by Logan Pearson and Brady Olson made it 54-50 in favor of UW-Platteville (15-3, 6-1 WIAC), but the Pointers answered and built a 63-58 lead with just over four minutes. left, including a three-pointer by Abdul-Wahid to give UWSP (9-9, 3-4) the lead. A three-point play by Max Love and a three in the corner by Olson gave the Pioneers a one-point lead, but Abdul-Wahid hit the game-winner moments later. Abdul-Wahid scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

No. 23 Joe defeated No. 25 Loras in a battle of ranked teams in the American Rivers Conference as the Kohawks topped the Duhawks 84-73. Coe (17-2, 9-1 ARC) went on a 20-6 run in the second half to retake the lead from Loras (15-2, 6-2). Coe pulled further away later in the half, extending the lead to double digits with a 10-3 stretch to go up 78-67. Loras responded with a 6-2 run, pulling within seven points with 1:20 to play. Joe managed the remainder of the game, getting a pair of free throws from TJ Schnurr before a game-sealing slam from John Steffen. Cael Schmitt scored a game-high 21 points.

Ja’Zere Noel scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Rowan held off a late charge by TCNJ, to defeat the Lions, 92-83. It was the Profs’ eighth win in nine games, improving them to 14-5 on the year and 8-4 in the league. It was also the second consecutive 30-point game for Noel, as he had 35 in a win over Rutgers-Newark last Saturday. Rowan ends the day in a four-way tie for first in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, thanks in part to Stockton’s loss to Rutgers-Camden. Rowan is tied with TCNJ, Montclair State, and Stockton, with Ramapo one game back.

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